In Loving Memory of
beloved husband of the late Carol Hill
dad to Cheri
grandpa to Jason, Jamie & Kevin
March 27, 2019
Evergreen Place Personal Care Home
In accordance with Jim’s wishes
cremation has taken place and no
formal service will be held.
Donations in memory of Jim may be made to
Boissevain Health Centre Palliative Care; Box 899,
Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0 or to P.A.W.S for Serendipity; Box 1256, Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0.
I love spring … it awakens in me the
everlasting joy of life. Spring is the
season of all seasons …
The sun has strengthened,
warming the land.
Winter’s grasp is broken.
I marvel at the rebirth
of all the things around me.
spring … I smell the earth,
I feel the warmth of the gentle breeze.
I am content …
I live in spring.
JAMES VAN HILL
SEPTEMBER 21,1940 - MARCH 27, 2019
With great sadness we announce the passing of James ‘Jim’ Hill.
Jim was born September 21,1940 in Frontier, Saskatchewan to parents Van and Marie Hill.
Jim lived most of his life just outside of Portage la Prairie Manitoba with his wife Carol. Their farm was called Haven Acres. Over the years Haven Acres was home to many brood mares, weanlings, yearlings and racehorses. Cheri Flame, Jo Ste Lo, Charm Adios, Lady The Great and all of their offspring are just a few that come to mind. For many years Jim’s brother Leonard Hill stabled his racehorses at the farm to race at Assiniboine Downs , the Manitoba Great Western circuit or to rest them up before heading to St Louis for the winter. Later in life Jim served as a Judge on the Manitoba Great Western fair circuit.
Through the years Jim made many close friends in the harness racing community.
When Carol and Jim retired they sold the farm and moved to an acreage near Boissevain and continued to share their love for animals.
If wealth is measured in happiness , Jim was a very wealthy man! He surrounded himself with animals and would always look forward to the spring after a Manitoba winter. Jim was a great story teller loved to write and would put pen to paper often. He wrote Staying on Stride part 1 and 2, Myrtle and Jenny , Baby, and The Five Seasons to name a few.
Born with a disease called Treacher Collins Syndrome as was depicted in the movie Wonder. It was never a handicap to him. He would even do public speaking at schools where children had the rare disease. At assemblies he would explain to the student body what the disease was and help kids who had the disease learn to live with it.
In recent years Alzheimer’s had taken the man we knew from us but he knew those around him loved him and it was never in doubt there was love in his eye.
Jim is survived by his daughter Cheri (Allan), grandsons Jason (Christie), Jamie (Teri), Kevin (Steph)and their families. Nephews Brent Hill, Chris Hill, and nieces Shelley Walline and Deniene Hout and families and brother John Hill.
Jim was predeceased by his wife Carol in 2007 and his brother Leonard in 2017
The world lost a great man and a great friend but tonight he rests in peace.