Violet Isabel Hann (nee Hillier)

December 7, 1944 to January 7, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Violet Isabel Hann (nee Hillier) at the age of 78. She passed peacefully with her daughter by her side, listening to one of her favourite pieces, Pavarotti’s Ave Maria.

Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories, daughters Sharon and Susan Hann, Violet’s pride and joy, her grandson Gavin Winston Haley, siblings Leah Warren, Lloyd Hillier, Ella King and many other family and friends. She is predeceased by her parents Frederick and Beatrice Hillier, husband Winston Hann, and half-brother Leonard Hillier. 

Violet was well known for her love of plants and animals. She often spoke fondly about her experiences as a teacher in Rencontre West, Bull’s Cove, and Lamaline. She was a self-taught historian, genealogist and co-author of The Newfoundland Tsunami of November 18, 1929: An Examination of the Twenty-eight Deaths of the “South Coast Disaster” published in the spring 2006 Vol. 21 No.1 issue of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies

A special thank you to the wonderful and caring staff of Glenbrook Lodge.

Cremation to take place with a funeral service in summer 2023 in Lamaline.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 100, Lamaline, NL, A0E 2C0.

When I Must Leave You

When I must leave you for a little while

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

And hug your sorrow to you through the years

But start out bravely with a gallant smile;

And for my sake and in my name

Live on and do all things the same,

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,

But fill each waking hour in useful ways,

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;

And never, never be afraid to die,

For am I waiting for you in the sky!



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So very sorry to learn of Violet’s passing. She was a warm and gentle soul whose avid interest in Lanaline and its families was an example to us all. My condolence to her family.

Deepest sympathy to Violets family,
She was a great teacher to me and a friend to my mom and dad , May she rest in peace. Sharon Cake

Very sorry to hear of Violet’s passing, she was a dear friend of ours and I have many memories of our times together. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. Ruth Pittman

So sorry and saddened to learn of Violet’s passing. We remember her fondly from Lamaline. Deepest sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don and Paulette Foote

My deepest condolences to Susan and Sharon as well as the rest of the extended family.

Violet was always there to answer any question on family relations in Lamaline and her knowledge and joy for the subject will be deeply missed.

May she rest in peace.

Sorry to hear of Violet passing..she was great Lady.. miss by everyone.

My sincere sympathies to all the family, Violet, my first cousin, was a very unique person, always positive, faced the many challenges of her illness with determination and stayed independent as long as she possibly could. Her knowledge and love for history and genealogy helped so many people far and wide. Hopefully good memories will brighten your dark days.

So sorry to hear of Violets passing.Always enjoyed a conversation with her.(So like her Mom).Condolences to the family.

Ella, sending you and your family our deepest sympathy in the loss of your sister. May you find comfort in the good memories you shared. 💜

So sad to read this today. Violet was a beautiful person and so very interested in everything and everybody.
Our sincere condolences to all the family.

Bill & Lillian

So Sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers I’m here if you need anything

I am so very sorry to learn of Violets’ passing. She was such a beautiful soul. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Come Home Year in 2006. She was so very generous with her time and knowledge and filled me in on our familys genealogy, we first met when she called looking for info on the “Spawns” so that she could pass the information to Leonard. Because of Violet we did get to meet cousin Leonard and kept in touch with him until his passing. Susan, Sharon and Gavin please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Sending love and prayers.