Eva Lorraine Hilliard

November 28, 1931 to March 15, 2023


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Eva Hilliard (nee Caines) passed peacefully away on 15 March 2023 surrounded by love. She leaves to celebrate her life children Gail (Paul Hamilton) and Paul (Sherry); grandchildren Julia Hamilton (Tom Tyson), Alan Hamilton (Christine Zadorozny), Trent Hilliard (Ainsley), and Tanya Hilliard (Todd Moor); great-grandchildren Naomi Tyson, Aidan Hamilton, Hannah Moor, and Regan Hilliard; and many beloved friends and relatives.

Born in Corner Brook in 1931, Eva grew up in a home full of love. As an only child, she was doted on by her parents, Aubrey and Ada Caines, and all of her relatives. She enjoyed quality time with her cousins and neighbours growing up, feeling like one big extended family.

Her father played matchmaker in introducing her to Harvey Hilliard in 1949. Eva, although fully charmed, maintained her focus in pursuing a career in nursing. In 1953, Eva graduated from the Victoria General in Halifax. After a five-year courtship, Eva and Harvey were married in 1954.

Eva and Harvey started their life as newlyweds in Corner Brook. They made the move to St. John’s in 1965, where they became fixtures of Hatcher Street for more than 50 years. Friends were quickly made as they integrated themselves into the community and the local bridge club.

Eva is remembered for her kindness and her exceptional generosity. She cultivated many talents – sewing, baking, crafting, and gardening – and would always share whatever she had. There was no danger of anyone going hungry in Eva’s orbit!

Eva was a loving daughter and wife, and a proud mother and grandmother who prioritized her family above all else. She spent countless hours decorating birthday cakes, sewing Halloween costumes, and watching sports days. She always knew the latest results from a weekend bonspiel and remembered everyone’s favourite cookie recipe. In recent years, she was blessed with great-grandchildren, and she loved them all endlessly.

Eva gave so much to so many throughout her life. She leaves her family with a beautiful legacy of selfless caregiving, blooming orchids, and an affinity for Jeopardy!. As heartbroken as we are to say goodbye, we know Harve is waiting to say hello as they are now reunited.

Sincere thanks to the Tiffany Village nurses, staff, and Dr. Penton for their exceptional care in recent times. Flowers are respectfully declined; donations to the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Community Food Sharing Association, or a charity of your choice are welcomed.

A visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, from 3-5pm on 19 March 2023. A memorial service and celebration of her life will take place at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on 20 March 2023 at 11:00am. 



3-5 p.m. on March 19, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Monday March 20th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Interment to follow in Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.


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Paul, Gail & families,
I’m so sorry to hear of Eva’s passing. I have such fond memories of her growing up as they visited whenever
they were in Corner Brook & vice versa when we were in St Johns. I hope her talent in the kitchen has been passed down. She was an amazing cook & baker & such a sweet lady. Take care
Kim (Hilliard) Strickland & family.

Dear Julia, Alan, Gail, Paul and family,
We were so so sad to hear about the passing of Eva, aka Jules’ grandma. I had the fortune of knowing her for the past ~24 years. It first started with lunch trips to her home near our high school PWC and picks up after the school dances/ events. Both her and Jules grandfather in the front of the van and all of us girls piling in. I would be swooning over her cookies and cakes to my mom! I have such fond and strong memories of her for every birthday, Christmas and family event at Jules’ house. Her kindness, care, hardworking nature, openness and love for life and people – will always be remembered and those seeds live on through everyone that she touched. May god rest her soul and may your memories of her grow stronger with time.

Lots of love during this very difficult time.

Gail and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Gail, our sincere condolences to you and your family on your Mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

So very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a very special lady and I know you will miss her. ❤️💔. We hope your memories will make you smile as time passes.

Our condolences to you, Paul, Julia and Alan and family.

Dave and Bev XOXO

Gail, Paul & Family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May your happy memories help you through this difficult time.
Ted & Alice

Gail and Paul and your families,
We were so sorry to hear about Aunt Eva. We have many fond memories of our visit with Aunt Eva and Uncle Harvey when we were in Newfoundland. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Love, Harold and Faith Forsey

MY sincere condolences on the death of your mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. A mother is someone very special in ones lifetime and she’ will be missed but the strength she must have given you during her life will sustain you now and in the days to come. God bless you all. Sincerely, Julia Mathieson

Dear Gail and family,
As you know we are out of the Province and cannot
be there. Please accept our condolences.
Any time I was with Eva I noticed her pretty smile and kind demeanour. She was a lovely. lady.
Kylie fondly remembers her yummy Christmas diabetic
fudge.. There is no doubt that she will be missed.. Love to all.
Karen Stewart

To Gail and Family,

We were saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Gail, Paul and family,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Thinking of you in your time of sadness and sending our deepest sympathy.

Paul and family,
So sorry to hear of your mom. Indeed her life seems to be one FULL of love and life. We can only aspire to such completeness… a beautifully written obituary, really capturing the essence of her experience and impact.

Gail, Paul, Julia and Alan,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Hilliard. She is in many of my childhood memories (always with a cookie in hand). Thinking of you during this difficult time. Condolences to you all.

Erin Lane

I was so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. Mom and Dad often spoke of the wonderful times they had together with your folks. My sincere condolences to you and the family. Take care.

Gail and Family,

Sending my condolences on the loss of your Mom..
May your lifetime of memories carry you through the grieving journey and bring a smile to your face as time goes on


Our sincere condolences to the Hilliard Family

Sincere sympathy to the entire Hilliard family on the loss of an obvious dear Lady and much loved mother.

Eva Hilliard
You were a beautiful person to me.
I can’t imagine my life without you.

Gail, Paul, and family

Please accept our sincere condolences upon your loss. Dick and I regret that distance prevents us from expressing our sympathy in person.

Gail, I remember your mom as a fine person, and I know she was much loved. You will miss her comforting presence in your life.

May happy memories comfort you all,
Heidi and Dick Janes

Gail and family
Deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May your many memories sustain you and your family.
Don and Sarah Osmond

Gail, Paul and family Sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I have great memories of visiting her and your dad while styling her hair. I always looked forward to sampling her homemade fudge. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Gail and family,

So sorry to hear about your loss.

Sincere condolences to Eva’s family. I was her hairdresser many years ago . The most beautiful Lady inside and out. Her Harvey was sweet as well. I have never forgotten this beautiful couple. May God bless you all.

Gail and family!

My heartfelt condolences on your Mom’s passing.
I never had the chance to meet her however knowing Gail she was without a doubt a beautiful, caring, kind, loving and compassionate lady!
Soar high with the Angels and God Speed.
Love to all,
Noreen xo