With profound sadness, the family and friends of Wilf Hess announce his passing on March 12, 2004.

Husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, friend. He will be remembered with great love by wife Betty, children Carol and Craig, and grandson Brandon, as well as sisters Trudy (Morrison), Elsie (Heuchert), and Leona (Burton), brother Erwin, and the many nieces and nephews across the country. Over the years Wilf made some incredible friends, who played an important part in the life of his family. They, too, grieve with us. We would be remiss if we did not mention the special relationship Wilf had with his cousin, Ernie Miller, and the Grant family – Les, Tracy, Melissa, and Kayla. Wilf is predeceased by his parents, Karl and Adele, his brother, Werner, and his niece, Sheila.

Wilf was born in Hubbard, Saskatchewan on March 6, 1940. He married Betty in 1963, and brought his family to Chilliwack in 1970. They moved to a house he built in Abbotsford in 1981, and then returned to Chilliwack in 1997.

Wilf always loved working with wood and turned his hobby into a life-long career; the many beautiful things he built are part of his legacy to us. He had a passion for salmon fishing on the Fraser, and enjoyed camping, playing with his grandson, eating good food, winning at cards, and laughing and bantering with those who were special to him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Joe Cochlin for the care he provided throughout Wilf’s illness, and Dr. Gillian Hodge, who steered us through the most difficult last two weeks of his life. We are also eternally grateful to the staff on 3West at MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, who went so far beyond the call of duty we cannot begin to express our appreciation.

A celebration of Wilf’s life will take place on Monday, Mar. 22, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home in Chilliwack. Rev. Doug Ireland will be officiating. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Masonic Hall, and the internment at Chilliwack Cemeteries.

Donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society are requested in lieu of flowers.

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