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May-01-18
I met Hilding in first year university at UofS and along with Clive Cory, we were a sort of Three Amigos at the time.

I boarded with Hilding and first wife, Elaine in Regina, and they were Best Man and Matron of Honour at Joan and my wedding in 1966.

Joan taught school with Jeanette in Regina, so we reconnected with both again when they married.

While we both lived in different towns and cities and circumstances over time, we almost always spoke to each other on our birthdays - for decades.

Hilding was very reliable in this way of staying in touch across the miles and the years, so it was just natural and a comfort to continue this to the end, where we would speak every week or so, until the last Goodbye.

A great and considerate friend, he is missed. Sympathies to family and friends.
December-04-17
I first met Hilding working at EPEC Consulting in Regina in the '70's and was shocked to hear this news. He was a brilliant man and a good friend.
November-30-17
Sometimes it helps a little to know that friends and family are there Jeanette, Denise, Derek & Kirsten. Also Leanne, Shawn, and Marlo. We will miss Hilding and you're all in our thoughts & prayers. Love Don & Aunt Joyce Tait
November-28-17
So sorry for your loss. It seemed to me Hilding always had a twinkle in his eye when he smiled. I will remember that sparkle. Kim Cory.
November-27-17
Hilding, a great friend.

I first met Hilding when he joined Epec Consulting in Regina as a parks planner and where I was employed as a consulting engineer. We collaborated on several projects while there and developed a good friendship along with our families. Whenever we did a project together I would struggle to write a two pages for a report and then look over at Hilding and see that he would have already written twenty pages. When I left Epec Consulting to develop and operate Snoasis ski area, Hilding set up and operated the pro shop and ski school. I help Hilding build a residence on the adjacent property. We introduced Hilding to his second wife Jeannette when we invited both of them to a Grey Cup party that we were hosting. I believe that the Roughriders were playing in that game.
We left Saskatchewan and years later ended up on BC's west coast. Hilding and Jeannette eventually ended up at Duncan on Vancouver Island and we would occasionally get together and reminisce about old times. Saskatchewan's pull eventually got too strong and Hilding and Jeannette moved back and settled in Saskatoon.
Hiding was always thorough, knowledgeable and detailed in every project he took on whether it was professional planning, a building project or simply landscaping, and sought perfection. He was also a loyal Roughriders fan. He will be missed.

Don McLaughlin
November-22-17
I worked with Hilding and curled against him at the Tartan CC in the mid 60's. Also bought cross country skis from him and visited him a number of times at his Snoasis Ski Area. A bright guy always full of ideas. Gone too soon. RIP
Ted Wagner
November-22-17
We went to the U.of S. in the early 60's and took a trip to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 1960.
Mike Leroux and I played hockey with him in Colonsay. I visited his home north of Regina near "Snoasis"(his ski development).
He was a true friend...Shari, my partner, enjoyed him very much. I always had an ear for his stories. He helped finish my cabin at Jack Fish Lake.
He was extremely clever and will be missed by many...He made a difference in the world.
November-22-17
We introduced Jeanette and Hilding after her husband, Reggie, died and Hilding was divorced. Soon they merged Jeanette's children, Denise and Derek and Hilding's three: Leanne, Shawn, and Marlo. A year or two later their daughter Kirsten arrived making a family of 8. We have many wonderful memories of family get togethers at Snoasis Ski Area where my husband, Don, was a working partner and developer. Through all their moves and all these years we have kept in touch and enjoyed laughter and some times shed tears. We will miss Hilding and mourn Jeanette now suffering from the same disease her mother had, Alzheimer.
November-21-17
Hugs to you all in Uncle Hilding's passing. I hope you share stories about him with all who know you and with those who miss him too.
November-21-17
Worked with Hilding in 64-67 and a couple of times in the 70s & 80s, not real close but friends all the same. Many talented and all round good guy. RIP
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