Don Hillyard passed away peacefully at Nelson Jubilee Manor with his family by his side on December 31, 2013 at the age of 78.
Don leaves to mourn his wife of 52 years, Miriam, sons Bill (Dallas) and Dean, sister Phyllis, grandchildren Danielle, Clayton, Greg and Miranda and great grandchildren, Preston, Lawson, Lynessa, Rylan and Kowen.
Don was born and lived his entire life in Nelson.
He has many hobbies, including shopping, fishing, painting, boating, hunting and spending time with family and friends at the summer home on Kootenay Lake.
Don especially enjoyed music and oil painting, which he was especially proud of.
Don worked at Kootenay Forest Products until 1967 and then CP Rail until his retirement in 1994.
Don and Miriam enjoyed travelling and visiting relatives in both Canada and Europe. They liked to enjoy the warmer weather in such places as Palm Springs, Mexico and Hawaii.
Don later joined Broader Horizons and especially liked to utilize his artistic skills there.
Don had a great sense of humour and sharp wit that will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Don to Kootenay Lake District Hospital and Jubilee Manor.
No service by request but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The Hillyard family would like to send a special thank you to nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital and all the caring staff at Jubilee Manor.