William John (Bill) Hilton, 79, of Edmonton, Alberta passed away March 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He succumbed to a recently diagnosed lung disease that took him from us far more rapidly than we ever expected.
Born December 14, 1939 in Goderich, Ontario to Roy and Eileen Hilton, he was the oldest of 3 children. At the age of 2 Bill moved to Winnipeg and excelled in both academics and sports. This is where his love of hockey first started. Bill attended the University of Manitoba and then Queens University where he received a Bachelor of Engineering in 1962. He was married to Frances Jean Curry on August 10, 1963 in Goderich, Ontario. He later received an MBA from the University of Toronto in 1966. The couple lived in Thornhill, Ontario where they had their first two children Bill and Mark. While working for Imperial Oil in 1974, Bill and Fran were transferred to Edmonton where they had their daughter, Sarah. In 1980 he left Imperial Oil, to stay in Edmonton, and spent the balance of his career in the Distribution Industry working for Western Supplies, Westlund, Century Sales, CE Franklin and later as a consultant Operations Manager for Commercial Solutions. In 1997 he started his own consulting firm, MMS, which focused on inventory optimization where he later developed his own Inventory Management software branded REACS. In 1997, Bill and Fran also became involved with Juice Plus as distributers where they made many wonderful friends.
Bill was very involved in the community he lived in and had a profound impact on others with his warm smile, gentle nature and thoughtful personality. Bill coached his children in hockey and soccer, helping many young people to learn important life lessons. He served as president of the Grandview Community Association where his family lived for 23 years. He and Fran belonged to the Derrick Golf and Winter Club for many years, where he was an avid curler and golfer. Bill served for several years on the Derrick Club’s board of Directors and was President of the Derrick in 1997.
One of Bill’s greatest passions was hockey. After moving to Edmonton, he became a die-hard Oilers fan, even watching games in the last week of his life. One of the things that brought him the most joy was playing for the Allusion Hockey Organization for nearly 40 years. He loved the camaraderie and made many lasting friendships that remained strong after he finally hung up his skates at the age of 77. In addition to playing sports himself Bill loved watching his children and more recently his grandchildren participate in many different sports. They could always count on him to have some advice for the refs.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Fran. Together they have three children; Bill (Jennifer Thomas), Mark (Yvonne Raaymakers), and Sarah (Corey) Stewart. He is survived by five grandchildren; Jessi Hilton, Tory (Nino) Cardwell, Katie Hilton, Emerson Stewart, and Max Stewart. Bill is also survived by his brother Bob (Bev) Hilton, and sister Sue (Bob) Weishuhn.
A private family service will be held Friday April 12th. Later this spring a Celebration of his Life will be held for all friends and family.
Special thanks are sent to the staff at the University of Alberta Hospital, Pulmonary Unit. We thank all the doctors and nurses who worked with Bill for their compassionate care. In particular we wish to thank Dr. Cheryl Laratta, who provided comfort to Bill in his final days.
The family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Bill’s honour to the Lung Association, Alberta and NWT.
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