Passed away suddenly & unexpectedly, but peacefully, on April 22, 2014 at home in Summerland in the presence of his wife Barb. Hillas was born in 1932 on his family farm in Belloy, Alberta to his parents Walter & Susan Francis, who were homesteaders. A true child of the depression, he was proud of his Irish heritage, and was made of hardy stock and had a strong work ethic. Hillas showed his family the importance of working hard and being generous. He was well admired by his community for his interest in always helping others – from volunteering with C.O.P.S., a long time member of the Masonic Lodge, as well as a Kinsman, to constantly offering help with neighbours & friends with any project on their house or yard. He was a wonderful handyman and could basically put together anything with his hands. Hillas has left behind his dear wife Barbara (married 57 1/2 years), daughters Susan (Russell) & Anne, grandchildren Amy, Lia and Leilan, and great grandchild Riley, as well as sister Elizabeth, and numerous cousins, nieces & nephews & many dear friends. Predeceased by sister Helen and grandson Gabriel. He will be sadly missed, but held close in our hearts. “May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
No service by request. Private Irish wake to follow later. Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com.