Richard Norman (Rick) HILBORN
1949 - 2020
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Born in Cambridge, ON October 17, 1949 - December 17, 2020 With great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Rick at home with his family after a lengthy journey with cancer. Survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Nancy Macnaughton-Hilborn. He was a truly dedicated father to his three children, Ian (Nathalie), Mackie (Shannon), and Lisa (Tyler). Proud Papa Trick to grandchildren Mitchell, Marty, and Penelope. Survived by his mother Laurette (Ron) Pond and brother Michael. He was a loyal friend, brother-in-law, nephew, and uncle to many. Rick was predeceased by his father R.C. Hilborn and his sisters Karen Chaplin and Kirsten Andrews. Rick was educated at Hillfield Strathallan and Upper Canada College followed by Wilfrid Laurier University and OISIE - University of Toronto. Rick and Nancy created Hilborn Pottery in 1979 in Cambridge and have continued alongside their dedicated team selling pottery across North America for over 40 years. He was board President of the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association from 2005-2007. Rick was a hockey fanatic, golf enthusiast, tennis and cards player (he won the final game of cribbage) and especially a lover of all sports, following all leagues. He took much pleasure in watching the Hawks win multiple Stanley Cups at the peril of Leafs fans - GO HAWKS. He was a top-10 ranked junior tennis player in Canada as a teenager. Rick spent over 25 years coaching, mentoring and building Minor Hockey in Cambridge. He was supervisor of travel coaches for three years. He was also involved as a part-owner of the Cambridge Winter Hawks. Where Rick shined the most was his love and devotion to friends, family and those he met along the way. He was known for being a kind soul and connected to everyone he met. He brought out the best in people and inspired all those around him. He put family first and always sacrificed for others. He was a true role model and was loved in his community. Rick was a natural teacher and leader, he had a quick wit, and his humour and laugh were contagious. He had an extensive knowledge of politics, history, and most importantly, rock and roll. He was also fascinated by nature, always tending to his beloved bird feeders and being able to spot a red-tailed hawk from any distance. Travel was another one of Rick's passions and he and Nancy visited Israel and Jordan as recently as October 2019. Other highlights include a safari in South Africa, a family trip to Bangkok and Beijing, Egypt and seeing the shores of Normandy in France, and Rick always had a great interest in Nicaragua. One last 17 for our Dad. Thank you Dad, for everything. We will miss you so much but we will be ok because of the unbreakable family bond that you and Mom created. We know you'll watch over us. And we'll be listening. Rest Easy, Dad. We love you. Cremation and a family visitation have taken place. A Rocking Celebration of Life will be held for Rick when restrictions lift. In memory of Rick, donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. The family would like to thank Princess Margaret Hospital for their specialists and clinical trials and the LHIN of Waterloo Region which allowed Rick to stay at home with his family. If you would like to reflect upon Rick, please do so while listening to Got To Be Free by the Kinks. Family and friends are invited to sign Rick's online book of condolences by visiting Coutts Funeral Home webpage at www.couttsfuneralhome.com


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Published in Waterloo Region Record on Dec. 23, 2020.
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January 8, 2021
Saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. Sending Sincere Sympathy to Nancy and all of the family. He was quite the character and will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to have known him. May the coming days and weeks be filled with fond and loving memories as you move through your grief. Blessings, Ron and Gillian Hoekstra
Ron and Gillian Hoekstra
Friend
December 30, 2020
To Rick's family and mother, Laurette, I am so very sorry for your loss. We all grew up in Preston together and my memories go back to the 60's when numerous, wonderful get-togethers took place at the Hilborn home. I am a proud owner of some of Rick's wonderful pieces of pottery. Please know you are in my heart. Claire Burrows (nee Halpenny) Peterborough, ON.
Claire Burrows
December 28, 2020
My condolences to Nancy and family. Rick Hilborn helped turn a bunch of select hockey players into a competitive 'B' representative hockey team with his use of European cross-over breakouts. He helped to ingrain hard work and discipline and re-enforced winning on the board, as an alternative to taking stupid penalties. He was one of the more influential coaches I had, an inspiration, a coach, and a friend. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.
Rick Ernst
Student
December 23, 2020
Mrs. Hilborn and Family
Losing someone so dear is devastating, and no words can ever really relieve that pain. I wish you courage and healing during these toughest of days. You know that Rick will forever live on in the journeys you shared together. R.I.P. Rick
Peter Brill..... Cambridge Winter Hawks
Friend
December 23, 2020
Will miss our great energetic chats, you were certainly an original spirit and a great human, you will be very missed.
Love Carola
Carola Grimm
Friend
December 23, 2020
Sincere Condolences to Nancy and family. Rick will be sorely missed. So many great memories


John Handley
Friend
December 23, 2020
Hi Nancy and family, it is with sadness I write this. I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to you, Ian, Mackie, and Lisa. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Andrew Watkins
Friend
December 23, 2020
Hi Nancy and family, it is with sadness I write this. I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to you, Ian, Mackie, and Lisa. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Andrew Watkins
Friend
December 23, 2020
Hi Nancy and family, it is with sadness I write this. I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to you, Ian, Mackie, and Lisa. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Andrew Watkins
Friend
December 23, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to your family. Ricks infectious smile and warm hugs will surely be missed. Very sad to hear of his passing.
Linda Collins
Acquaintance
December 23, 2020
So sorry to hear about Rick's passing. We played plenty of hockey together over the years. He was an easy going guy and a good player as well.
Rest in peace.
John Burke
John H. Burke
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