John Hilliard (Jack)
Passed away peacefully on April 15, 2009 at Eagle Park Care Facility in Qualicum Beach.
Born December 10, 1913 in Vancouver, Jack’s family traveled by train to Qualicum Beach. Jack was a pioneer in the Dashwood area where, as a young man, he ran a logging and sawmill business with his father (John H. McMillan, Sr.) and his brother Don. McMillan Brothers Limited, considered an important asset during the Second World War, employed many local men in the community.
Jack married Jean Macdonald in 1948 and built their home on a farm in Little Qualicum where they raised their three children, and where Jean still resides today.
After retiring from the sawmill business Jack followed his love of fishing and became a commercial fisherman and boat builder. He built three large commercial trollers.
When his last troller was sold, Jack spent many happy years enjoying his farm, cows, gardening and sports fishing at the mouth of the Little Qualicum river.
Jack will be very sadly missed by wife Jean, brother Don (Nancy), son Jim (Vika) daughters Sheina (Rob) and Susan (Roger) and grandchildren Terry, Alycia, Lauren, Jay and Avery as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
We wish to express our gratitude to the VIHA workers who assisted with Jack’s care and special thanks to the compassionate staff of Eagle Park Care Facility where Jack spent his all too brief final weeks.
A memorial service will be held Saturday May 9th, 2009 11:00 am at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, B.C. If desired donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.