John Gilbert Hillier

March 16, 1925 to January 25, 2021


To view the funeral service for Mr. John Gilbert Hillier on Friday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. from St. John the Evangelist Church, Topsail, please click on the link below:

Passed peacefully away in the presence of his family at the Health Sciences Center, St. John’s, NL on January 25, 2021, John Gilbert Hillier in his 95th year.  He was born and raised in Lamaline, NL.  He moved to the Avalon Peninsula and built his home in Dunville, where he married Marjorie Coombs from Cartwright, Labrador, and raised their family.  He later moved to Masonic Park, St. John’s and for the past ten years resided at the Admirals Coast Retirement Centre in Kelligrews, NL.

A man of strong Anglican faith, he gave generously of his time and talents to his church and his community.    He loved the outdoors and enjoyed moose hunting, fishing, berry picking, skidooing and vegetable gardening.   He enjoyed music, dancing, and loved telling stories while acting them out with his quick wit and a twinkle in his eye.  He dearly treasured his family and spending time with them.

Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his children Paul (Elaine) Hillier, Glenda Tapp, John (Dana) Hillier; dearly-loved grandchildren Jeremy (Leah), Nancy, Kevin (Stacy), Stephen (Maegan), April (Glen); great-grandchildren Kelsey, Abby, Cameron, John, and Andrew; brothers George (Ethel); Otto (Joy), and Maxwell (June); sisters-in-law Claudette (Dave) Pardy, Charlotte Coombs, Cynthia Coombs, Anita Hillier, Cynthia Hillier, Muriel Hillier, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Predeceased by his wife Marjorie, parents Clarence and Martha, sisters Olive (Ronald) Barrett, Alma (Dolph) McCarthy, Stella Savoie, Dinah (Lloyd) Dove and brothers Launcelot, Garfield, Reginald, and Clyde; and son-in-law Chesley Tapp.

We are deeply grateful to the staff at Floor 4 South B at the Health Sciences Center for their professional care, kindness, and compassion during Dad’s hospital stay.   Likewise, we extend a sincere thank you to the staff at the Admirals Coast Retirement Centre for the outstanding care and kindness they provided.

Visitation:  Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, NL

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021

in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.


Funeral Service:  11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Topsail,

Pre-registration to attend the funeral is required.  To pre-register, call

834-2336 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 27, and

Thursday, January 28.


Private family burial to follow.

No flowers by request.  Donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church or to a charity of one’s choice. To send a message of condolence, please visit




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Glenda and family,. We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Mom (Marie Porter) Admirals Coast Retirement Center, just called and told me this sad news. I miss seeing him in the chair in the hallway at ACRC., as I’m sure He will be sadly missed by your family for sure. You spent a lot of quality time with him laughing and dancing. Precious Memories. Our prayers are with you. Madeline Parsons

John, Dana & Family:
So sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Hillier.
Our thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.

Scott & Brenda Hussey

To Glenda, Paul , John and Family, so , thinking of you today as yo say good by to your Dad, his memories and stories. will forever be in our thoughts. Max, June & Family

Please accept our condolences from the family of Olive Hillier Barrett, Sister of uncle John. We knew him only briefly, but loved him very much.

Mr. Hillier was a kind and gentle soul and will be missed by so many. He raised a beautiful family and left a wonderful legacy in his children, grandchildren and great granchildren. Anyone who knew him will certainly miss his charm and that special sparkle in his eye. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and I wish we could be there for you. Love you.

It was a Pleasure to have known Mr. Hillier. My Prayers to the Hillier family

Dear Glenda and the Hillier family
Our deepest condolences to all the family on the passing of your dear father. We know how much you loved him and how dear he was to you.
IT is a difficult time for all of you but your faith will see you through and his love will keep you strong.
Love from all of Olives family. Willie.

My deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of your father. He was such a sweet, wonderful man. I am thinking of you and wishing I could be there.

Sending Our Heartfelt Sympathies And Condolences To John And Dana Hillier And All The Families. Thinking Of You At This Difficult Time.
Trevor And Annette Clarke.

Glenda, Steve, and family
Very sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how important he was in your lives and you all were so close and loving.
What we have loved is always a part of us……….
We never lose those we give to God – St. Augustine
My sympathy to you and your family………

Glenda and family. Thinking of you at this difficult time. I know you have many fond memories of you’r. Dad..
Anita Ludlow

Dana and John and family,
Sorry to hear about loss of your dad ( pop) . I know ye have many happy memories hold those tight to your heart. Take care thinking of you all.
Sherry , Chris and Christian Cole

Glenda, Paul & John
Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Still remember the picnic our 2 families had across the Arm in Dunville and the fun we had. Keep the good memories close. May your Dad RIP

Paull, Glenda and Johnny
Sincere condolences on Uncle Jacks passing. He was such a caring, lovely person. He will be greatly missed..
God Bless

Paul, Glenda and Johnny
So sorry to hear the passing of Uncle Jack. He was such a kind and gentle man. Our deepest condolences to you and your families.

Glenda and Stephen,
So sorry to hear of your father/grandfather’s passing. Hoping wonderful memories help you through this sad time.. Heather

So saddened to hear of Mr. Hilliers (Poppy) passing. We miss him so much. Sincere condolences to you all xo

To the Hillier Family. My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your loved one. Many times I accompanied him to the chapel and sat with him during the church service when Glenda was not there at Admirals Coast..
Ruth Crews.

My deepest condolences to Uncle John’s family and friends. RIP

Glenda ,

So sorry about your father’s passing. He was a lovely man and I know you will miss him. May God give you strength and comfort at this time. With deepest sympathy.

Don and Paulette

We are so sorry to hear the news! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Our condolences to all of you!
Love & hugs
Shelley & Frank and family

Sincere condolences to Max, Otto, George, and all of Jack’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our sincere condolences to Paul, Glenda, John and families on the passing of your father/grandfather. God Bless you all at this difficult time.

Sincere condolences to all Jack’s family. He lived a good life.
May he rest in perfect peace.

Dear Paul, Glenda, John and family,

My sincere condolences on the loss of your loving father. Thinking and praying for you at the sad time.
Love Aunt Muriel

We would like to pass on heartfelt condolences to all family members of John. He will be greatly missed in your lives for sure because he was so loved. Thinking of you during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in knowing there are many who care and share in your sadness.

Dear Glenda, Paul, and John.
We’re very sorry to hear of the passing of your father ( my brother ) John. Along with Joy and my children Kathy, Karen and Scott we send our deepest sympathies .
I always looked forward to spending time with John when I came back home. I enjoyed listening and reminiscing with him about growing up in Lamaline. I will miss him very much.
Unfortunately we cannot attend the service but we hope to watch the funeral proceedings online.
We will be with you in our thoughts and prayers.
Otto and Joy ( Bryson ) Hillier

Paul,Glenda, John and families
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing..
Your Dad/ Pop was always so pleasant and with such a great sense of humour.We always had wonderful visits together.
May you find comfort in your many memories of him and in knowing that he is now with your Mom.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..
Love Aunt Claudette and Uncle Dave

Dear Glenda, Paul and John. Sincere condolences from your McCarthy cousins. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Uncle Jack. May your joy be complete.

Sending my deepest sympathy during this time and know that we are thinking of you all and that love surround you all Stephen, Glenda and family

Dear Glenda, Paul and John
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I always remember the stories told to me of your Dad and my grandfather King who also was from Lamaline, They both ended up in Dunville, and because of them our families grew up together. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Best Regards
Jerry Young

Our sincere condolences to Paul, Glenda and John. Uncle Jack was a a great man with compassion for life and a devoted love for his family. I will never forget his laugh and love for dancing. Rest in Peace Uncle Jack

Dear Paul, Glenda, John and family,
It is difficult to express my sympathy in the loss of your dear Dad. I recall that he was a dancing man who loved a good scuff. He loved his family and enjoyed sharing stories of his boyhood growing up in Lamaline.
May Uncle Jack rest in peace.
Much love.

to Paul Glenda John. sorry to hear about brother John passing away . not able to atttend at this time because health issues. john dearly loved his family and thought so much of them, and they love right back. Lamaline was his home town. talked lot about it. lots good memories there. l member when he had first car came to Lamaline in late 1949. as a boy about 14 years old never have ride in car before wow what a treat. and all the things he sent home Christmas time. may you rest in peace brother John. god bless all the family.

Our sincere condolences to John & Dana, Paul & Elaine, Glenda and the entire family on the loss of Mr. Hillier. John & Dana we know your hearts are heavy at this time. May your wonderful memories keep him close to your hearts & help carry you through the days too come.. Thinking of you & praying for you all at this sad time.

My sincere condolences to you all , we loved poppy so much & miss him dearly as well as you guys , you were all a part of our family . Take care ❤

John you were always a pleasure to sit and have a conversation with about lamaline, your family will miss you so much ,RIP my dear old friend
Your lamaline buddy

We extend our most sincere condolences to all of Jack’s family on his passing. We have many wonderful memories of visits from Jack and his wife Marjorie here at the Hillier family home in Lamaline, NL. It was always such a pleasure to see him and although he didn’t have the opportunity to visit over the past number of years, we feel that Lamaline and his family home still held a special place in his heart. We listened, with total enjoyment, to the many stories he’d tell about growing up here and he told them with such zest and as his obituary says, with that twinkle in his eyes. God bless all of you and we’re sure Jack is at peace in his heavenly home.

Glenda, Paul and John and the Hillier Family. My deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Jack. He was a wonderful man and always had a smile for you.