June 26, 1927 – June 20, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband and father, Joe Hills. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children Carol (the late Ed Menzies), Philip (Karen), Andrew (Phyllis) and Michael (Daniela), 17 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren. Joe was born in London, England and spent his early years in boarding school. He lied about his age to join the British army to fight in WWII, ending up in Greece, Egypt, and Palestine. After the war, Joe worked as a firefighter with the London fire department. He met his wife, Shirley, at a first aid class. The two decided to go on a life adventure when Joe joined the Canadian Air Force as a civilian firefighter and they packed up and moved across the world. The ensuing years brought many moves including to Ontario, Germany, France, and finally British Columbia where they settled in Chilliwack with their 4 children. When Joe retired from the Air Force, he joined Corrections Canada and worked for another 10 years until he retired at age 65. Joe enjoyed camping, fishing, and taking the family on road trips across Europe, Canada, and the USA. He used his keen computer skills to help others. He served as treasurer at one of their churches and secretary of the local chapter of the Canadian Bible Society. He was always interested in photography updating to all of the latest technology from 8 mm film all the way to digital cameras. He spent endless hours transferring old films and photos to CD so that the images could still be enjoyed by the family. In his 50’s Joseph realized his need for God’s grace and repented and put his faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. He became a member of Broadway Church and later Greendale Mennonite Brethren Church. He enjoyed going to his care group and was his wife’s chauffeur when she travelled around Chilliwack hosting Bible Clubs for children. Joe spent his final years in care. We would like to thank the staffs of Chilliwack General Hospital, Norman Manor and The Waverly along with Dr. Page for their excellent care of Joe.
We will miss him.