Joseph HILL

HILL, Joseph April 8, 1925 to May 25, 2007 On May 25, 2007, our husband, father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, lost his battle with cancer. Betty his wife of 56 years was by his side. He will be sadly missed by his family Elizabeth Hill, Adele (Richard) Doll, Susan (Brad) Kaman, John (Chrisy) Hill, and George (Connie) Hill, and by his twelve grandchildren, and his eight greatgrandchildren. Joe was born and raised in Mullingar, Ireland. He was the youngest of seven children and is survived by his brother Johnny Hill who resides in Ireland. Joe had a rich life, full of adventures. He was a “chemist” in boarding school, blowing up and clearing a pond of all frogs and plants, was a British police offi cer during the war serving in Haifa. Joe had many fond memories of the Middle East and many exciting stories of caravans and treks through the desert. He moved to Alberta in 1948, which became his true home. He worked in construction, eventually becoming the Mechanical Superintendent for Comstock Construction. He was always telling stories of happenings at sites, and was very proud talking about his crews and their accomplishments. In 1980, Joe and Betty retired to Vancouver Island where they ran a small farm in Duncan, raising sheep. His grandchildren spent many happy days there. Joe and Betty also traveled, but eventually settled in Summerland, B.C. Joe enjoyed poetry and could recite a poem for any event or occasion; he taught Irish tunes to his grandchildren, some rather colourful. He liked fi shing, camping with his family, hunting birds in the fall, and going to the horse races where invariably, he “fed” them more times than he won. He will be missed by his family, many friends, and all the fall birds fl ying south; he can now fl y south with them. Farewell Dad. There will be an Irish wake on Friday, June 1, 2007. This is to be held at the home of Brad and Susan Kaman at 9712 – Prairie Valley Road, Summerland. We welcome you at 3pm to 5pm, to celebrate his life. In lieu of fl owers, the family invites you to make a donation to one of his favorite charities, Ducks Unlimited or Leprosy Society of Canada. Thank you.