March 14, 1910 — March 6, 2004
Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Mar. 6, 2004 at the age of 93.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 73 years Robert C (Bob), children, Bob, Ted (Sharon), Joan, John (Pri); grandchildren, Robert (Diane), Ted, Pat, Lisa, Katie, Christina, Bruce, Scott, Linda, Jacquie (Brent), John (Pam), Marie, Angela (Dan) and Michelle; great grandchildren, Laura, Evan, Lindsay, Tavis, Dakota, Drew, Brad, Marc, Jade, Taylor, Darien, Malia, and Ella; her sister, Sarah McTaggart; brother, Bill (Deana) Bard; sisters-in-law, Phyl Bard and Edith Kasick; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Her brother Fred Bard, grandsons, Brian Randall and Robert (Rick) Kilburn predeceased her.
Hilda’s life included an incredibly wide spectrum of experiences from polio victim to skydiver, matriarch of Canadian Pacific Airlines to pit crew for go-carts and Lotus and Brabham. Hilda’s years encompassed life in a shoddy home on a homestead in southern Alberta and riding in a democrat, to a log cabin home in the Yukon well before there were roads in., and World travel in the jumbo jets. She was a talented basketball player in her youth and also danced and sang on the stage.
Hilda was the matriarch of a flying family. Her husband Bob, sons Bob, Ted and John, grandsons, Rob and Ted all fly or flew for CP and a granddaughter, Katie, also flies professionally. She was honoured by Canadian Pacific airlines in 1986+ as Matriarch for Canadian Pacific as she mothered so many of the pilots who transferred to the Vancouver base in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
She was a life -time member of the Sports Car Club of BC in recognition of decades of service as membership chairman, lap counter, timer, mentor, and grilled cheese sandwich maker extraordinaire. She and Bob lived for racing. The Association with so many people of the SCC and ICSCC of all ages, kept both of them young at heart.
There is to be cremation with no funeral by her personal request. Instead, a Celebration of Hilda’s life will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Mission Race Track.
The Sports Car Club of BC and the Family will host a dinner after the first race of the year. Persons wishing to attend please RSVP to Hilda@ramsaysolutions.ca and leave their name, telephone number and the number of people in their party so that catering can be arranged. If guests inform the front gate they are coming, for the Hilda Celebration there will be no admission fee.
The family wishes to thank the staff or the Vancouver General Hospital Stat Centre and the Waverly at Chilliwack, for their loving care and thoughtfulness in ensuring that Mother and Dad would remain together as long as possible. We are very grateful.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, earmarked for the new Stat Centre.