December 13, 1929 – May 31, 2019
Olive Dorothy Hill of Glace Bay and Mira, Cape Breton passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at North Island Hospital, Comox, B.C.
Olive, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, friend and wife died peacefully after a brief illness.
Olive was born December 13, 1929 in Glace Bay to Charles and Mildred Phillips. She grew up on the farm in Mira Gut, part of a close-knit Cape Breton family. She left the island, joining her sister Elizabeth in Ottawa where she met the love of her life, Richard.
He was posted to England. She followed by ship and they were married. Together they raised three children as they led the military life with postings from England to Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Olive raised her own family and as a school secretary guided others. She later worked at Statistics Canada and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
Later Olive and Richard settled in Courtenay to enjoy a snow-free retirement.
Olive was many things: avid curling fan, opinionated news watcher, sharp crib player and baker of excellent pies. She also followed hockey, if only to make sure Richard didn’t miss a game.
Olive was devoted to raising her children and ensuring they were well prepared for life and always put family first. She wanted her children to be strongly independent and in this her role model was very important. She was always there when help was needed.
She was also involved in community and church events, supporting many causes in her own quiet way.
Olive is survived by husband Richard; son Steve (Mary Ann Grigorovich); daughters Karen (Greg Ewing), Susan (Brian Ward); five grandchildren Heather, Erin, Delaney, Stephanie and Mikaeli; five great-grandchildren; sisters Elizabeth (MacDonald), Joan (Stewart); brother Bill Phillips, stepbrother Allan Baillie and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents; brothers Charles, Allister and Stuart; sisters-in-law Edie (Phillips); brothers-in-law Loran (Stewart), Ross (MacDonald); stepmother Jan, stepbrother Billy Baillie and nephew Gary Phillips.
Thanks to the wonderful staff at North Island Hospital Comox Valley and Dr. Michael Neufeld for the compassionate care they gave Mom during her stay.
Cremation has taken place. No visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are gratefully appreciated. Memorial Service will take place at Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay on Thursday, June 6 at 11 am. Reception to follow. Burial will take place following the reception at Courtenay Civic Cemetery.
Comox Valley Funeral Home
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