Obituary of Floyd Hillman
With broken hearts we announce the passing of Floyd (Bud) Hillman on May 26, 2020. Bud was born in Ruthven, Ontario to Arthur and Winnifred Hillman in 1933, but spent most of his childhood in his beloved Kirkland Lake, a Northern Ontario gold mine town. As one of the infamous Hillman-hockey-brothers trio, Bud had a successful career playing semi-pro hockey for numerous clubs across North America through the 1950’s and early 1960’s, rising to a brief pro hockey “career” comprising a six game stint with the Boston Bruins. A personal highlight was winning the Allan Cup in 1963 with the Windsor Bulldogs, followed by an international tournament played throughout Russia. Upon completion of his hockey career Bud settled in Leamington and was employed at Chrysler Canada for 30 years. He was involved in the Leamington hockey community through years of coaching, refereeing and running of hockey schools. Bud and his wife Barb instilled a love of the north in their family through summers spent at their cottage, first in Kirkland Lake and then New Liskeard. Many family memories were made, including quiet canoe rides, days at the beach, blueberry picking, bear watching at the dump, adventurous hikes through the bush and sightings of shooting stars while admiring the northern lights. His advice, questions and detailed stories will be greatly missed.
Bud is survived by his devoted wife Barbara (Colquhoun). He will be forever missed by his five children and spouses with whom he shared his knowledge and unconditional love. Karen Newton (Don – 2018), Patrick Hillman (Mary-Beth Oulahen), Kelly Drummond (Dave), Kathy Gradwell (Wayne) and Brian Hillman (Connie). His twelve grandchildren will never forget his dance moves (including random push-ups), first time haircuts and his sincere interest in each and every one of their lives. Left with treasured memories are Jennifer (Derek), Jessica (Kelly), Michelle (Scott), Kimberley (Phil), Jeff (Amanda), Jordyn (Charlee), Christopher (Ramina), Meghan (Greg), Jason, Brittney, Kerra, Lauryn. The family has continued to grow with seven great-grandchildren.
Bud leaves behind his brother Larry (Liz) Hillman and his sister Sharon (John) Savage. He is predeceased by his brother Wayne Hillman and his sister Shirley Warchol and husband Chester. Bud is lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held with a memorial celebration to be scheduled at a later date. If so desired, donations of sympathy may be made to the Erie Shores Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631). Friends and family may share memories or make donations at www.reidfuneralhome.ca
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Death notice for the town of: Leamington, Province: Ontario