HILL – Robert Calvin

Date of Birth: April 8, 1932

Date of Death: January 3, 2019

Robert Calvin Hill passed away peacefully at the age of 86 years on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at the Whitewood Community Health Centre, Whitewood, Sask.
Bob is survived by his son, Bill (Carol), White City, Sask.; daughter, Carol (Harry) Fletcher, Regina, Sask.; and son, Ken, Round Lake, Sask.; his grandchildren, Rochelle Hill, Vancouver, B.C. and Cameron Hill, Edmonton, Alta.; and his great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Grayson. He is also survived by his fiancée, Carol Thomas, Carlyle, Sask.; brother-in-law/sister-in-law, Vincent and Joyce Waynert, Broadview, Sask.; sister-in-law, Eunice Barthelette, Edmonton, Alta.; and several special nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle (nee Waynert); his parents, Anne and Richard; brothers, Edgar and Allan; and sisters, Irene and Idelle.
Bob was born on April 8, 1932, on the farm in the Silverwood district, southeast of Whitewood. During his childhood, he lived with his parents in Whitewood and surrounding area. Bob’s work life began as a farm labourer in the early 1950s, then as a lineman in the Yukon for two years. After that he worked on the railway, drove school bus and gravel truck. He also farmed for 44 years, starting in 1962.
Bob and Myrtle were married in August 1958. They bought a house in Burrows in 1959, where they lived until Myrtle’s passing in 2002. Bob continued to live there until 2012 when he entered the care home.
Bob met Carol Thomas in 2004 at one of the dances where he was playing in the old-time country band. Together they enjoyed many happy times attending dances, sightseeing and visiting many friends in the surrounding communities. Bob’s children appreciate the unwavering love and support his fiancée, Carol, gave to their dad through the remainder of his life.
Bob enjoyed his farm around Burrows. He especially enjoyed being a musician, entertaining others and making many new friends through his music. Bob was a great family man and was very compassionate toward others.
His family would like to thank staff at the Whitewood Community Health Centre for their exceptional care of Bob for the past six years. They would also like to thank his friends and family who visited during his stay there.
Anyone wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to the Whitewood Community Health Centre, 921 Gambetta Street, Whitewood, Sask., S0G 5C0 or to a charity of their choice.
Bob’s funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at the Whitewood Legion Community Hall with Brenda Zelko officiating. Bill Hill provided the eulogy, and Ken Hill was the urn bearer. In tribute to Bob’s musical talents, there were numerous musical tributes including Hertha Briggs playing a prelude of hymns on piano, and some of his fellow band members, Jim Maddock, Garry Dickson, Francis McDougall and Keith Olson, leading in the hymns, “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” and “In The Garden.” As a tribute to Bob’s Irish heritage, the band performed “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” as a recessional. To further honour Bob, some other local musicians joined the band following the service for a jam session.
Interment took place in Whitewood Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Whitewood. 38-1c

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