Gary David Hilz went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 28th at Chilliwack General Hospital. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elaine; his children Amber (Shane) Hipwell, Aaron (Michelle) Hilz, and Amanda (Jason) Pringle; and his grandchildren Chloe, Owen, Evan and Corbin. Also surviving him are his brother Edwin (Dawna) Hilz and sisters Hilda Munton, Elsie Schmidt, Irene (Keith) Murray and Jean (Jim) Warnstaff, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents Henry and Olga Hilz, and sisters Glenda Kohlsmith and Lita York.
Gary was born and raised in Vulcan Alberta. He married Elaine Rose Adolf on July 22, 1972 in Hanna, Alberta and enjoyed 42 wonderful years together.
Gary attended Hillcrest Christian College and S.A.I.T in Calgary. He went on to farm in the Champion area. In 1980 a big move to Chilliwack brought a new farming adventure with raspberries. Raspberry farming was family life until he retired in 2000.
Church and music was always an important part of Gary’s life from playing bass guitar, leading worship at church and singing in various quartets.
Gary was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in February of 2010, which began another journey in his life.
Gary’s love for the Lord, his family and his profound faith will always be remembered. He was strong, courageous and a Godly man who left an amazing legacy for his family. Special thanks to Dr. G. Enns, Dr. P. Galbraith, and the staff at CGH and BCCA for the care they provided for Gary and his family.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at Cross Connection Church, 9310 Williams St. on Thursday, June 4 at 1:00pm with Rev. John Reimer officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cross Connection Church Haiti Project 2015 or the BC Cancer Agency. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca
Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home 45865 Hocking Avenue, Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5