R.W. Harvey Hilliard

June 19, 1926 to June 25, 2021


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Harvey Hilliard passed peacefully away on 25 June 2021 surrounded by family including Eva, his loving wife of 67 years.

Some people are so good that they should live forever. R. W. Harvey Hilliard lived to celebrate his 95th birthday, and all who love him are better for it.

Born in 1926, before Newfoundland joined Canada, Harvey was a proud Newfoundlander. He was raised in Petries, now a part of Corner Brook, as the youngest of seven children. He is predeceased by his parents Martin and Alfreda Hilliard, his siblings, and many dear friends and relatives. He is survived by Eva, their children Gail (Paul Hamilton) and Paul (Sherry), grandchildren Julia Hamilton (Tom Tyson), Alan Hamilton, Trent Hilliard (Ainsley), and Tanya Hilliard (Todd), great-grandchildren Naomi Tyson and Aidan Hamilton, favourite bridge opponents Charles and Clarissa, and many beloved friends and relatives.

Harvey was a doer. To say he had a strong work ethic is a massive understatement. From the evenings studying alongside his children at the dining room table to the weeks renovating the basement, Harvey was never idle. He kept busy in the garden growing vegetables for the family to eat at Sunday dinner or making an ice surface for his grandkids to skate on as the seasons permitted. Never one to sit around, Harvey would be painting the swing or chopping down the Christmas tree or smoking a salmon or taking his adorable dog Abby for a walk. When he did take a break, it was to hike a few hours to his favourite fishing spot. His family all shared in various fishing expeditions through the years – some more successful than others!

Harvey had a sweet tooth… this is just one of the reasons he and Eva were perfect for each other as he was the biggest fan of every cake and cookie she baked. He was fast to make friends, he valued family highly, and he was a better storyteller than all of us combined. He was a member of the Corner Brook Masonic Lodge and prized his 60 year pin.

Harvey leaves us with endless happy memories and many lessons on how to fish, build, plant, and harvest; perhaps most treasured are the lessons on how to live to the fullest.

Sincere thanks to Dr. Peter Seviour for his care over the years and to the Tiffany Village doctor, Dr. Penton, nurses, and staff for their exceptional care in recent times. Flowers are respectfully declined; donations to St. James United Church, the Community Food Sharing Association, or a charity of your choice are welcomed.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, from 4-6 pm on 27 June 2021. A memorial service and celebration of his life will take place at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on 28 June 2021 at 11:00 am. Registration will be required due to Covid restrictions. To attend, please email Gail Hamilton at gmgailhamilton@gmail.com.



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Eva and family. So very sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing.. He will be missed for sure. I worked with Harvey for many years and he was the epitome of professionalism and integrity. Everything he did was a class act. Thinking of you at this time

On behalf of Corner Brook Masonic Lodge # 11, please accept our sincerest condolences. Harvey was a proud member of Corner Brook Lodge for over 60 years.

My condolences to the family. I was fortunate to work with Harvey at CMHC during my early employment. He was always pleasant. He approached each task with professional expertise and detail that was an example to all who worked with him. Very sorry for your loss.

Our sincere sympathies on the loss of your father. Losing a parent leaves a space in one’s heart. We lost Aubrey’s Mother last week, and know how it feels. We are thinking of you at this sad time.
Aubrey & Eleanor Bonnell

Gail, Paul, Julia, and Alan:

Thinking of you all during this sad time. Our sincere condolences to your family on your Father’s/Grandfather’s passing.

Gail, thinking of you today. Sincere condolences to you and your family on your dad’s passing. Hold on to the memories.
Sincerely Gary & Jeanette Brown.

To Eva and Family,

So sorry to hear Harvey passed away.
I worked with Harvey for many years and found him to be a fine gentleman always
greeted you with that big smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Margaret Antle

My deepest sympathy on Harvey’s passing. I knew Harvey years ago when he worked with CMHC, He was an insightful man and a pleasure to deal with. on numerous projects, over the years.

I guess I knew Harvey all my life. He and Eva cared for me daytimes one summer when I was an infant. They tolerated me crying my lungs out when Mom would leave me in the morning and comforted me until she returned to retrieve me.. That was their way, kind and caring. As I grew-up I would continue to see Harvey and Eva regularly when they visited Nan and Gamp. Harvey could always make me smile. As an adult, I moved away and much time passed. A few years ago, when back on the island, my husband and I drove to St. John’s and stopped by for a visit. It was wonderful to sit and listen to Harvey tell stories from times past with such enthusiasm and detail, as if the events were yesterday. We have very fond memories and are grateful to have spent time with him.
Our sincere condolences to Eva, Gail, Paul and the rest of the family.

I would like to extend my deep condolences to Harvey’s wife and family. I had the great pleasure of working directly with Harvey when we were at CMHC together. Harvey left a very profound positive impression on me that has lasted a lifetime. He led by example and showed how life should be lived.. I have thought of Harvey many times over the years and it always brought great feelings and warm memories. A true gentleman in every respect. My deepest thoughts and prayers for Harvey and his family.

Sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. We were his neighbours on Hatcher Street and enjoyed many a chat with Harvey. Enjoyed his lettuce; that he always liked to share. A wonderful man indeed and well respected. I actually bought a car of him when I moved into the neighborhood many years ago. Please accept our condolences.

Dear Gail, Paul and family,

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your Dad. We did not have an opportunity to know him personally but he clearly leaves a great legacy in his family. Wishing you strength and peace during this time. God bless.

To Gail, Paul and Family

I was sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a lovely man whom I had the pleasure of meeting during his many walks past our house on summer days. He would always stop to chat with Bill and I will remember his sweet gentle smile. May you be comforted by the memories.

Mary jardine

To Gail and Paul and your family.
Dave and I send our condolences on your dad’s passing. He sounds like a lovely man and I’m sure that you’ll miss him very much.

Take care

Eva and Family
So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. Louise and I have fond memories of our bridge games.
Rest In Peace .

My heart felt condolences to the Hilliard family.
Uncle Harvey was one of a Kind. One of the kindest people I have ever met. I cherish the time I spent with uncle Harvey and Aunt Eva. As a couple they were always so inviting and welcoming. Alway fantastic food and company. My girls loved to go visit and see them, and Abby too of course. Tom enjoys a few games of crib with Uncle Harvey over the years. He was a hard man to beat. He also had the pleasure of going fishing with him. They never caught much but it was always a pleasure to be in his presence.
His family were truly blessed. He will be missed.

Gail, we were sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
Our memories of Harvey goes back to the earlier days of St. James. In later years he would sit on one side of the Gallery and we would be on the opposite side, always recognizing each other.

Gail and family

Please accept our condolences upon your dad’s passing. He was a lovely gentleman, and I remember him fondly from earlier days at St. James. Please extend our sympathy to you mom. Treasure your wonderful memories as you say goodbye.

Heidi and Dick

Eva, Gail,, Paul and family, Dad and I are so sorry to hear of Harvey “s passing. He was such a warm and kind man. Dad will miss their chats. !Cherish your memories of this lovely man. We will visit Eva when we come back to St. John ‘s. RIP Harvey. !

Eva & family,
Sincere condolences on Harvey’s passing.
He would always spend time with Mom & Dad (Bill & Annie) when in Cirner Brook and was so good to them when Dad was
in hospital in St,. John’s. Treasure your memories.
Kim & Curtis (Hilliard) Strickland

To Eva and family, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your sweet husband and father. I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Harvey for many years at CMHC, and I can tell you quite honestly that he was one of the most respected and loved of all of our staff, simply because of the respect and care he showed to his co-workers. On a personal note, I learned many life skills from Harvey just by how he lived his own life and how he cherished his time with his family. I will always remember Harvey and that beautiful smile of his.. May God bless him.
Dawn Ring, Bedford, NS

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have numerous pleasant and joyful memories of our enjoyable social bridge games over the decades of St. Augustine’s bridge club. Harvey was a true gentleman. We enjoyed his quick mind and ironic sense of humour. The tea and snack after the game were a pleasure to enjoy . Eva and family, enjoy your many pleasant memories of a kind and gentle husband and person. It’s a pleasure to say “We knew Harvey Hilliard.” God Bless..

Rest In Peace Harvey. Sincere condolences to Eva and His Family.
I remember Harvey when I used to cut his hair at Top Cuts and also did Eva’s. I haven’t forgotten this wonderful kind loving couple.

Julia, GG (Gail), Eva (Julia’s grandma), Mr. Hamilton, Alan and family,
My sincere and deepest condolences on the passing of Harvey (aka. Jules’ grandfather). I have had the utmost pleasure knowing Jules grandfather for over 20 years – celebrating Christmas, birthdays, and other annual events. Not having any grandfathers myself I felt part of the family fully and remember his loving warm embrace “Mona- come here, it is so nice to see you”, many stories, deep love for his wife and family and overall zest for life. I am grateful that my husband and daughter were able to meet him and cherish years of memories. Sending lots of love and strength during this sad time.

Gail, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know we are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Barry & Glenda

Eva ad family……my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time…….I had the privilege of working with Harvey for many years and he was always like a father figure to me……he and Eva were also friends with my parents and my family even took him moose hunting on occasion…. he will be missed by many……he had a wonderful life and we have lots of great memories.

Eva , Gail, Paul and family ,
Sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. He was a kind, gentle man who I had the pleasure of knowing for the past 30 years . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. He will surely be missed.

Gail ,
Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Such a difficult time for you all. Cherish the great memories that you have created together throughout the years.

So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. I know he will be missed but I thank God for the wonderful life and family he was blessed with. Will keep all of you in prayer for for comfort and strength in the days ahead.

My sympathies. Worked with him for. Number of years and he was a well liked and respected colleague