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It is with heavy hearts and much love that we must announce the passing of George Bernard Hill, beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He passed away on January 14, 2023, with family by his side.
He was predeceased by his parents Rowland and Elsie Mary Hill, his siblings Alick (Alice), Gordon (Betty), Dennis, Gerald, Joyce (Alfred), Elsie (Anthony), in-laws John and Annie Hordeski, brother and sister in-laws Andrew, Mike (Katie), William (Olive), Nicholas (Mary) Mary, Rosie (Fred), Peter (Dorothy), Harry. His adored wife Elsie.
Left to cherish his memory is his sister Jean (Cyril), daughters and son in laws, Judy (Ernie) Dubois, Darlene (Gordie) Smith, Diane (Doug) Campbell, Barb Toll, Jackie (Paul) Meilleur, Susan (Richard) Van Aert; grandchildren Rick (Denise), Darryl, Valorie, (Terry), Sherry (Bradd), David, Jason (Karly), Chris (Andrea), Brittany (Ryan), Evan, Garrick (Sara) and honorary granddaughter Vanhphen; great grandchildren Matt, Megan, Brandon, Devin, Storm, Alec (Athena), Jakob, Jayden, Alston (Faith), Derrick, Kaylyn, Corwin, Eberley, Tassyn; extended great grandchildren Skylar, Charlie; honorary great grandchild Ellie; great-great grandchildren Chloe, Mila; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Dad was born in the Municipality of North North Folk on November 22, 1927. He lived in McGregor with his parents and siblings till he moved to Portage la Prairie where he met his wife, Elsie. Dad and Mom were married in 1948. The love they shared started growing which created 6 daughters and a large family to follow. Dad often took on the roles providing for his family by cooking, cleaning and getting his daughters ready for school and other events (which many would have considered to be a lot). The most rewarding career Dad had was working at the Manitoba School (Manitoba Development Centre) as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant. After 33 dedicated years of service, he retired at the age of 55. After retirement he was able to focus on many passions.
Growing up, if Dad had it his way he would've lived on the farm where he spent a lot of time helping out as a young boy. He enjoyed helping his Maw and Pop in their garden and selling their veggies. He developed his work ethic at a young age, which he passed down to his passions throughout his life. Dad was an avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed playing many sports or going on fishing trips with his family and friends. Dad and Mom spent many hours watching their children and grandchildren play sports, not just their family but they were known to watch the local kids to show their support as well. Dad expressed himself through the love of music and words through his song writing and poetry. Thats where a lot of his humor and personality shone. Dad had the talent of playing Guitar, Mouth organ and singing, along with many other instruments. Dad took the time to teach his children and grandchildren how to play, which allowed them later to join him during family gatherings, this would end up being the best memories of his life. He enjoyed a good movie or tv show. He was entertained by his westerns, or his comedy shows (He always had us laughing with him). Dad invested a lot of years into being an owner/trainer of his standard bred horses named Candy and Super Ned. Dad and Mom enjoyed attending the horse races following the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario Harness Racing circuits. If he wasn't able to be in the grandstands, he would be watching live races in the comfort of his home and he never bet for the favorite, he always chooses the underdog (he exemplified this with his attitude towards people as well). Dad also enjoyed going to the casino with his family. Dad Loved sharing his recipes within his family, through his witty cards that he personalized for each family member. Dad
always made sure you were well fed. He could always whip up a signature snack or dish to which his family continues to make for themselves, but they will never be like Dads.
Dad always lived his life at his own pace, never rushed into anything. He was meticulous, punctual and considerate. Dad showed us every single moment what it is to be a father and a human being.
Dad's caring personality was represented through the words he chose to live by.
"It doesn't hurt to try and be nice to people. Take people for what they are, not what you want them to be." - George Benard Hill
A private family service will be held at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
As expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bernard's memory to Central Plains Cancer Services, 318 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8, Sunset Palliative Care Inc, Box 92, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3B2, or Herman Prior Centre, 40 Royal Road N, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 1V1.
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com
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