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HILL – Irene Frances (nee Guenzel)

February 9, 1958 – December 20, 2010

Irene Frances Hill, beloved wife of Ron of Priddis, passed away at The Foothills Country Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, December 20, 2010 at the age of 52 years.

Irene was born into a happy rural setting in Newmarket, ON where she first developed her riding talents and love for horses. She joined the Canadian Forces after high school, before eventually arriving in Calgary in the mid 1980’s as a single mom with her son Christopher. She met her future husband Ron at a Petro-Canada Torch Relay party; both later participating in the running of the torch into the Calgary Winter Olympics; and then marrying in July of 1988. Irene’s go-getter attitude saw her rise into senior IT management at AEC/Encana, before retiring in 2008 to concentrate on her true loves – horses and growing her chosen sport of Dressage in Canada. She will be sadly missed by her many friends at Encana and many more in the Calgary area Dressage and English horse riding communities. Irene was an unstoppable force in everything she chose to do.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Ron Hill; son Christopher Charlebois of Victoria, BC; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Susan Guenzel of Calgary, AB; sister and brother-in-law, Anne and Bob Cordes of Stoney Creek, ON; and brother-in-law, Peter Braun of Germany. She was predeceased by her sister Gesa Braun and her parents, Henry and Gerda Guenzel. Irene simply passed that “extra” love onto her “adoptive parents” Jack and Joan Hill of London, ON. Irene loved her many nieces and nephews. Suzan, Jennifer, Jason, Lisa, Keith, Greg, Marshall, Irene (her mini-me), Mitchell, Alex and Ben will all miss her.

 A Celebration of Irene’s Life will be held at Ironhill Equestrian Centre (Priddis, AB) on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, Box 274 Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5. The family would like to especially thank Irene’s visiting home care nurses from the Foothills Health Unit and the staff at the Foothills Country Hospice for the extra care and compassion you tirelessly provided.

In living memory of Irene Hill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Pat Goeres & Family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ron and with your family during this difficult time and always. Stay strong Ron. Till we meet again.

    Pat & Sandy Goeres

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  2. Cameron & Marilyn (Hill) Maw :

    Irene was a very special sister-in-law and friend, and will always have a special place in our hearts.

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  3. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Irene. I always enjoyed speaking to her at horse shows about anything and everything. She was the consummate competitor/trainer and was always willing to assist other competitors when asked. She will be missed very much.

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  4. christine manion :

    Ron and Christopher,
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Irene. Her picture reminded me of how we would occassionally meet in the foyer of Petro-Canada and Encana and I would be greeted with those sparkling eyes and that smile that could light up a room. She was always so cheerful!
    Please accept my sincerest condolences and know my thoughts are with you.
    Christine Manion

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  5. Our heartfelt sympathies to the family. May the happy memories you shared with Irene shine through and light your daily lives. Erika & Brian Hayes

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  6. Kirk Christensen :

    Ron,
    I would like to pass on Lori and My deepest condolences.

    Kirk & Lori Christensen

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  7. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Irene. We worked together in the Y2K Project in AEC. I was very impressed by her go-getter attitude and her cheerful personality. She will be missed very much.

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  8. Ron and Chris, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Irene saw the potential in just about everything and she will be missed. Kim.

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  9. Ellen Drews Ortlieb :

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of our vibrant Irene. She will be missed by us all. We have named the Pony F.E.I. Champion Trophy for the high point Alberta Junior Young Riders in her honor. Elexis and I will be pleased to share this trophy with you when we see you in the spring for the memorial. Our best wishes are with you.

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  10. Ron, I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Jim Dietrich

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  11. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Irene. I always enjoyed speaking to her at horse shows about anything and everything. She was the consummate competitor/trainer and was always willing to assist other competitors when asked. She will be missed very much.

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  12. Good bye Irene. Your grin and the flashing sparkle of your lovely brown eyes lives on in my memory. It was a pleasure to cross paths with you at AEC/ECA. I imagine that your spirit has returned to the beautiful foothills. Farewell Ron. Best wishes also Christopher,
    Karen and David James

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  13. Ron I was very sorry to hear of Irene’s passing and would like to extend my sincerest condolence Bob Toothill

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  14. I am very, very sorry for your loss, Ron.

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  15. Greg and Susan Hill :

    We were very saddened to hear the news of Irene’s death this week. It was always a pleasure to see her and talk to her at Petro-Canada and at the company Christmas parties. Her lovely spirit will be missed. Our thoughts are with you, Ron.

    Greg and Susan Hill

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  16. Neil Stephenson :

    Ron, on behalf of Donna,Allix and Mitchell, our sincerest condolences on the passing of Irene. She was a terrific horsewoman and will be missed by all who saw her ride….Sincerely Neil Stephenson

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  17. Pam and John Colpitts & family (your neighbours on Brookpark Place) :

    Dear Ron and Chris

    We are so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. Our thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  18. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Irene will be missed by many including those of us in the dressage community. My sincere condolences.

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  19. Jennifer Peers, PA/ADA President :

    On behalf of the Parkland Area Dressage community our consolences to you and your family. Irene was a great supporter of the sport; the riders, the horses and most recently as a Gold sponsor at the 2010 Parkland Dressage Festival. She will be missed at the Dressage events.

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  20. Dear Ron and Chris,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I worked for and with Irene in AEC, Metronet and then EnCana. I admired and respected her for her integrity, sincerety and kindness. She will be missed immensely by all who knew her.

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  21. Jason and Jennifer Miller :

    Irene was an amazing person. She showed such courage and is an inspiration for all to follow. Cancer may have taken her body but not her essence, she will continue to live on in the footprints she left behind. Our condolences to the family she left behind.

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  22. Dear Ron and Chris,
    So glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with Irene and learn from her
    tremendous experience. I liked Irene a great deal; perhaps for her strength, perhaps for her dry humour, perhaps her dedication or maybe her triumphant spirit. Or perhaps just that twinkle in her eye and wide smile. So sorry. Will remember always.

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  23. I had worked with Irene at AEC. I admired her work ethic and her kind spirit. My condolences to the family.

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  24. Ron:

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on Irene’s passing. I am sure she will be missed by all the family she left behind.

    Take care and my thoughts are with you.

    Tim

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  25. Shelagh Hohm :

    We just finished our annual Mother’s Day AJYR Dressage Classic horse show yesterday. It was the first year without Irene competing. It brought back many fond memories of Irene who was always such a big supporter of dressage, and of junior riders in Alberta. Everyone rode so well, and our juniors did particularly well this year. I think Irene would have been proud of them all. We missed her.

    Shelagh

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