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HILLMAN, Nelson Earl
Visited this earth from April 8,1919 to July 27, 2014. After 95 years he made his peaceful exit to join his late brothers, Floyd and Art, for a competitive game of baseball. Nelson's father (Joseph), his mother (Lydia), late siblings (Lloyd, Beecher, Tommy and Hilda) and wife Birdie (nee Noble) welcomed him Home and they all couldn't wait for him to throw them a curve! Nelson now watches over his loved ones who are left behind - daughter Kay, and her life partner, Dan Wilson, whom Nelson fondly called Son. Nephews Floyd (Bud), Larry, (late) Wayne Hillman and Brian Savage will always be proudly smiled upon for their superb stick-handling and skating skills, when playing on several national league hockey teams. Lawn bowling and curling became Nelson's sports of choice after he retired from farming. To fulfill some of his 'bucket list' desires, Nelson took the opportunity to become a real cowboy at 89 years of age, when he rode his niece Sharon and husband John Savage's horse, on Manitoulin Island. After a quick photo shot, Nelson and Ruby nearly galloped away into the sunset. For his 90th birthday Nelson surprised the crowd of players on the greens, as he rode in on the back of Dan's motorcycle, to present the trophies for the annual Hillman Tournament at the Leamington Lawn Bowling Club. Nelson celebrated his 91st birthday with an exciting hour long plane ride from Windsor to Point Pelee. He soared over Lake Erie on wingtip and then directed the pilot to bank so he could see Hillman Church, Hillman Conservation Area and the beauty of the marsh land that his Great Grandfather (Ellis Sr.) had cleared for farming. Throughout his life Nelson touched the lives of many people. He will always be remembered as 'Grandpa' by Stan Flisak and his young (80-something) friends at the time, in Leamington Court. At Kingsville Court, he got dubbed with the name 'Lord Nelson' where orders could come quickly, demanding immediate response. He was known simply as Nelson at The Leamington Mennonite Home where he resided for the past 3 years. He and the staff enjoyed keeping up with his Toronto Blue Jays and Maple Leafs, praising their wins and moaning their losses! Nelson's most recent pastime was playing the card game, Pepper, and he excelled at it, with whomever he had as a partner. Opponents were continually treated to his salty and dreaded bid of - gimme 2! Belva Hills, Olga Staso and Clayton Roes will always be Nelson's favorite Pepper partners, as well as Reenie and Randy Nash - his extended family. Many thanks go out to the compassionate and patient staff at The Leamington Mennonite Home and especially to Kiana Epp for her cheery companionship and warm smile when he needed it most. Visitation will take place at the
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre,
14 Russell Street, Leamington
on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 10 am until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Nelson's life at 11 am. Linda Blair officiating. Interment Erie Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Leamington Mennonite Home. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at

Published in The Windsor Star on July 29, 2014
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