Gordon Richard Hilland January 31, 1926 September 3, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Gordon Richard Hilland on September 03, 2012. Born in Bawlf, Alberta on January 31, 1926, Gordon stayed on the family farm until he was sixteen when he went to work in the Shipyards in Prince Rupert. With the War on, he was able to send money and help support his parents Emma and Herman Hilland and his siblings Allan, Shirley and Wayne. Gordon later returned to the farm and identified a passion for cars and motorized machines and decided to pursue becoming a journeyman mechanic. He completed his apprenticeship in Camrose, Alberta and successfully obtained his Journeyman Mechanic Ticket at the Technical School which is now known as SAIT. Gordon married Joyce Lewis in 1950 and moved to Calgary in 1955 where he successfully managed numerous Imperial Oil (Esso) service stations in addition to being involved in other business interests. Gordon was a long-term Mason member of the Bow River Lodge and a founding member of the Calgary Winter Club in addition to serving on several Automotive Councils for Imperial Oil in the 70’s and early 80’s. Gordon was predeceased by his parents Emma and Herman Hilland, brother Allan and grandchildren Brock Hilland and Mitchell Hilland. He is survived by his wife Joyce of 62 years and four children: Blaine (Darlene), Byron (Kathy), Kevin (Phyllis) and Karen (Tom) as well as his grandchildren Reese, Taryn, Lance, Leanne, Jamie, Shannon, Tamara and Cassidy. Gordon is also survived by his sister Shirley (Ray) Johnson, brother Wayne (Colleen) and brother in law Barry McDonald (Jean) as well as many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were always number one priority with Gordon and he will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Gordon’s life at Hope Lutheran Church (3527 Boulton Roade NW) on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:30. Interment will follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery at 3219 4th Street NW, Calgary, AB. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donations be made to the Alberta Cancer Society.