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HILLMAN, William (Bill) F.

April 9, 1930 – December 19, 2012

Bill passed away at home on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to join his wife for Christmas. He was born in Glencoe, ON. Bill worked his way through Toronto, Quebec and northern Ontario, before heading west to Lethbridge, AB where he met the love of his life, Shirley.

Bill was a father to Patricia O’Brien, Rod (Shannon) Hillman, Debbie (Terry) Thibodeau, and Bonnie (Paul) Pellicano; and was a loving grandfather to Nicholas and Michelle Pellicano. Bill is also survived by his Aunt Fran Howell as well as in-laws Sandra and Ken Daly, Lil and Art Krause, many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and his longtime buddy John O’Shea.

Bill worked most of his life in sales. His career specialty was selling stationery and toys to drugstores, independents and department stores throughout Southern Alberta and SE British Columbia. He established “Hillman Novelties” and was a long serving concessionaire at the Calgary Stampede, Edmonton Klondike Days, Lethbridge Whoop-Up Days and other western Canadian fairs. Bill was a great salesman and cultivated friendships with many of his business contacts. He was a Golden Gloves Champ, an entrepreneur, the “main event” at sales meetings and, above all, a guy’s guy and a lady’s man. His handshake was strong until the end. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of William Hillman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Susan and David Lewis :

    To you all … you are in our thoughts and we are remembering Bill and Shirley and how ‘at home’ they would always make us feel. They are at home together again.
    Lots of love to you and your families. We wish we could be with you at this time.
    Sue and Dave in Kitchener

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  2. How we all loved our Uncle Bill. His sly sense of humor, quick wit and unique laugh still resonate in my mind and heart. One particular memory: When I was in elementary school, I was being bullied by another kid, Donald Edy. He would routinely push me to the ground and then sit on me. It was humiliating. On a visit to Lethbridge, I asked uncle Bill if he could show me how to protect myself from Donald. As most of you know, Bill was a Golden Gloves boxer, so he took me aside and showed me the boxer stance and how to deliver the “old one-two.” I was thrilled and felt invincible. The next time Donald approached me, I went into the stance with my “dukes up.” Donald stopped in his tracks, turned around and literally ran away. I didn’t have to throw a punch. From that point on I was never bothered by bullies, never threw a punch, and understood the power of self-confidence. Thank you Uncle Bill for changing my life and being there when I needed you. Love always, Paul

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