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Reginald Eli Hillier

Passed 10/26/2020

Obituary for Reginald Eli Hillier

It is with immense sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Reginald Eli Hillier, 63, of Brookside, on October 26th, 2020.

Reggie was born in 1957 to Thelma (Brenton) and Reginald Hillier of Spryfield. In 1980, he married high school sweetheart Debbie (Page) and later welcomed daughters Crystal and Sarah. For over 30 years, he was employed as a letter carrier for Canada Post where he made many close friends.

Reggie was a gentle giant who loved jokes, pranks, fact checking and classic rock. He had a great love of Motocross, racing in his younger years and watching from the sidelines in his later years. He enjoyed computer gaming where he met friends from all over the world. He loved to travel, spending many weeks each winter in warmer climates. His favorite part of vacations was always the food. After retiring, Reggie discovered a love of baking. He enjoyed friendly banter with friends over coffee and loved special occasions and Sunday suppers with his family. He was so proud of his two daughters and loved spending time with them and his granddaughter Emily. The many family cats were always affectionately underfoot and by his side.

Reggie was someone who could fix or build anything and always went the extra mile to help anyone who needed it if they wanted it or not. He loved finding a good deal and teasing Toronto Maple Leaf fans while cheering on his team the Montreal Canadiens. Fun times were always had chatting and spending time with his sister Margie and her family. Many laughs were had with best friends Craig Miles, Sandy Perkins, late Donnie Mielke and many others.

Reggie was predeceased by parents Thelma and Reginald Hillier and mother-in-law Marie Page. He will be greatly missed by wife Debbie, sister Margaret (Greg) Mountain, daughters Crystal (Jeff) Boutilier and Sarah (Darren Ide) Hillier, granddaughter Emily, father-in-law Daniel (Brenton) Page close nieces and nephews and many close cousins. He will also be greatly missed by his large network of friends.

Special thanks to the staff at the QE II Health Sciences Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in Reggie’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or your local SPCA.. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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Dear Debbie - so very sorry to hear of Reggie's passing. I tried to send condolences earlier but was unable to so Carole Woodhall is letting me use her laptop to connect with you. Reggie was so very full of life and brought much laughter and energy to the workplace. I hope that all of your memories of Reg will help you heal and get through this difficult time. Take care of yourself and your daughters and Reg will remain with you in spirit. Remember this. Love Wendy Watson Smith
- Carole Woodhall
Hi Debbie and family. I was shocked and saddened when I heard this news. I've not seen you guys in a while but I often think of all the friends from our group in Spryfield many years ago. Time certainly has a way of slipping by much too fast. Just wanted to let you know that our thoughts are with you. From my family to yours.
- Barry Reinhardt
Dear Debbie, Crystal and Sarah, I am heartbroken to hear about your loss. It was always a pleasure to see Reg in the neighbourhood. Just this summer he and Craig were helping me with my car. It gave me a chuckle to see Reg emerge from the drivers seat of my tiny car after testing it out. It was not a comfortable fit, but he did it anyway. Thank you, Reg and prayers to all of you.
- Tricia Murray
To Debbie and family. We have been thinking about you and want you to know that we are very sorry to hear about Reggie. We enjoyed seeing him at the Canada Day celebrations and getting to enjoy his baking skills. Alex and Karen Mountain
- Karen Mountain
Sincere sympathy to you and your family Debbie on the sudden death of your beloved Reggie. As others have said, he was "bigger than life". He exuded an innate confidence and I remember him expressing how proud he was of the relationship he had with his daughters. You will miss him deeply and carry sorrow for a long time. Lean on each other for comfort and support during this difficult time of grieving.
- Carole Woodhall
Dear Debbie and Family, It was such sad news to hear about Reggie's passing so young and so suddenly. Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences your way. Me and my friend Donnie met Reg riding our dirt bikes up and down Dunbrack St. during the construction and up behind the Tim Horton's all those years ago. He was around 6 years older than us but became a great friend and mentor, taking us to the motocross races in his Delta 88 while we listened to Steve Miller 8-tracks; helping with advice, repairs and modifications (especially with my prized YZ 125); working to get the MX track built out in Sackville; and organizing the short-lived Metro Dirt Riders Association! He was such a positive and fun person to be around - a bigger than life presence! - and I was especially fortunate and blessed to have Reggie's advice and kindness at that age. He was like an older brother! I live in Colorado now and started riding dirt bikes again several years ago. I think of Reg all the time when riding and imagine how much he would enjoy the incredible and expansive off-road trails and amazing views in the Rocky Mountains. May you find comfort from friends and family and wonderful memories at this very difficult time. I'll never forget you Reg!! Sincerely, Scott Casey
- Scott Casey
Sorry for your loss Debbie . Will miss him golfing at Amherst every year . A big Teddy Bear . His bark was bigger than his bite . Kevin Heffler
- william Heffler
Debbie and family so sorry for your loss . I was so saddened to hear of Reggies passing He was bigger than life and a person who was fun to talk to . Simply taken too soon
- Victor Matthews
Dear Debbie and family ,So sorry to hear this sad news .We were just looking at old pictures the other day ,He was showing off new riding gear at our house . Precious memory for Jim is riding on miller lake with Reggie with studded tires .Jim with RM250 and Reggie with his Yz Yamaha 250.Lots of fun racing against Reggie . Our prayers for the Lord to comfort and strengthen you and your family .Jim and Heather Bullerwell
- james bullerwell
Message for Sarah & Family: So sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. You & Darren were wonderful neighbours. You & your Dad did so much work fixing up your home & were always a joy to talk to. We lost Betty after a sudden illness back in July. Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Dave, Anne & Ansel Linden Lane, Halifax, NS
- Dave Gilhen
Debbie sending my condolences you you and your family
- Sandy Caines
Debbie and Family, we are very sorry to hear of Reggie's passing. Sending our sincere condolences to your family. Sincerely Theresa & Gary Mitchell
- Theresa Mitchell
So very sorry for your loss Debbie, prayers sent to you and your girls
- Michele Benson
Debbie and family so sorry for your loss. Such a good guy . Do anything for anyone at anytime. He will be sadly missed.
- Jamie MacDonald
Sorry for your loss just want to know we are thinking of you and your family at this sad time
- Elaine mountain
Debbie and family so sorry for your loss. Reggie was such a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.Prayers be with you sincerely Diane Bayley
- Diane Bayley
Debbie and family, I am so saddened to hear of Reggies passing.You could always hear or feel his presence in the plant (Canada Post)...he was a gentle giant. Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this time. Sandy McCulloch.
- Sandy mcculloch
Debbie, Chrystal and Sarah There are no magic words to express how we feel at these times. Reggie was one of those special people who brought joy and laughter to the life's of those who knew and loved him. In the times ahead you will need the strength that will come from the love of family and friends.Keep each other close, hold each other tight. Amy, Deb, Suzanne, Linda and Charlene ( Sleep ) - Amy
- Amy Sleep
Debbie this is so very sad and heartbreaking. Please know we are thinking of all of you and know we are here. Sending lots of love thoughts and prayers. Debbie Lundrigan & Keith Lefrense
- Reggie Hillier
We were so saddened to read of Reg's passing. He was a breath of fresh air when he would drop in to our Golf Shop years ago and shoot the breeze. We will keep in in our prayers Debbie and hope that maybe Reg will pick up his love of the game again in heaven. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Mary and Roger Surette
- Mary Surette
Debbie and family, so sorry for your loss.
- ben slauenwhite
Dear Debbie and Family. We are so saddened to hear of Reg's passing. Bigger than life and simply taken too soon. Please know that we are thinking of each of you during this most difficult time. God bless you all. Rest easy Reg. Kelly, Wayne and Family
- Kelly James

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