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HILL – David

June 28, 1937 – August 30, 2009

David Hill, beloved husband of Mavis passed away suddenly while vacationing in Nanaimo, BC on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at the age of 72 years.

Dave was born in Middlesex, England in 1937 and became a Canadian citizen in 1956. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 1961, and worked as a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse and for Alvin Libin for thirty-one years. He and Mavis lived in Regina, SK, Mexico, Honduras and Toronto, ON before settling down in Calgary for the past thirty-eight years. Dave was an active member of the community, volunteering his time for the Calgary Zoological Society, Southwest Lions Club, and City of Calgary Parks and Recreation. He was a member of the Petro-Canada choir and an avid, talented gardener. Dave loved singing and will forever be remembered harmonizing Leaving on a Jet Plane with his best friends. Dave was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and was a much loved son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, friend and mentor.

Besides his loving wife of forty-three years, Mavis (nee McDowell), David is also survived by three daughters and their families, Nicola (Brian), Amanda (Dave) and Maureen (Blake); grandchildren, Delaney and Fiona O’Flaherty, Sam and Jim Chakravorty, and Alice and Avery Horobin. Dave was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Gladys Hill. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Zoo, c/o Anita Lawson, 1300 Zoo Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 7V6,

In living memory of David 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. Noshy Karbani (formerly Hakda) :

    To the loving family Mr. Hill left behind. I am truly sorry for your great loss, I have many childhood memories of Mr. Hill. Maureen and I have been friends for the past 31 years and recently saw each other at our 20 year high school reunion. I remember very well in grade 3 or 4 Maureen and I did a class project on the Calgary Zoo. Mr. Hill was very helpful and offered much support in helping us complete the project. I also remember many a weekend/afternoon playing at your house in Canyon Meadows and Mr. Hill was always telling us jokes and making us laugh. He was a wonderful man and I pray he is in a much better place. God Bless

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  2. Ted and Wendy Willard :

    We’re both so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We met him many years ago through the South West Lions Club, and as a happy coincidence Wendy reconnected with him through the Petro-Canada Choir in recent years. Our thoughts go out to Mavis and her family.

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  3. Wayne & Barb Schmidt :

    Mavis, our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Carol Patterson :

    David was always gracious, insightful and a wonderful ambassador for the Calgary Zoo. I enjoyed the times our paths crossed as past Zoo Presidents. I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

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  5. Jim and Bettyanne English :

    Dear Mavis, Amanda , Nicola & Maureen

    Elver Olsen phoned us this morning to tell us of Dave’s passing. We want to tell you how very sorry we are. He was such a good friend in our early Calgary days – and we’ll never forget the early Twin and Triplet Club (who could forget that!) the SouthWest Lions Club and all our parties and functions, and the friendship we shared listening to hearty renditons of folk songs – usually around smoky campfires.
    We are so sorry that we lost touch with dear friends, and sorry that Dave should pass away in Nanaimo. We wish that we could have been here to help you. We were actually in Red Deer visiting with Jennifer and her family at the time, and just returned home yesterday.
    Our deepest sympathy to all. Dave was one of those friendly, dependable guys who will never be forgotten – and I know he will be terribly missed by all of his family, especially.
    We stopped at our cabin at Adams Lake on our way home, and we talked about the time Dave was lying on his back at the end of the dock, blissful in the sunshine, unaware that a fish warden was bearing down on him! Happy memories
    of a life well lived.
    Jim and Bettyanne

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  6. Bob and Rosemary Nogue :

    Mavis, Nicola, Amanda and Maureen

    We offer our heartfelt condolences on your loss of Dave.

    When I first moved to Calgary from Winnipeg as a young CA in 1976, Dave was one of the first people I met and he immediately welcomed me and made me feel at home. That was the way he was many might say but the genuineness of the impression that he made on this young CA who had embarked on a transfer to Calgary with PW was huge and exactly what was needed at the time and is something that I remember to this day.

    The opportunities to see Dave in recent years were mostly at PW alumni functions and in the plus 15s but that warmth and caring for others only seemed to grow through the years.

    May the memories of Dave provide you with comfort in this difficult time.

    Bob and Rosemary

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