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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.