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Memories of Don Hill

From: Collin and Marjorie Jones
Marilee, I am with you and your family today. Your Dad was a wonderful man. I am sure he loved you all and was very proud of you.Those great memories will give you strength and courage through your grief and throughout your life.  God bless you. Marjorie and Collin


From: Paula Mercer
Sending condolences at this difficult time.My thoughts are with you and your family, Ruth. (OSCVI teaching colleague). Paula Hope


From: Pearl & Brian Bumstead
To Ruth and the Hill family - it is with great sadness to hear of the loss of such a wonderful person in Don. After listening to the video on Youtube about the 75 years history of agriculture - it was very evident that Don was very well respected in this community. The humour, mixed with an extreme depth of historical knowledge about agriculture and the people within that community - engaging participation in his audience - talent and insight beyond most peoples awareness! To Ruth, I am truly sorry that Don's accident took him from you and his family, far too soon - peace and blessings be with you and yours. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pearl & Brian Bumstead  


From: The Herrle Family; Elsie, Karen, James and Michelle, Trevor and Joanne
Ruth, Marilee, and Cynthia,
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.  Don is and will always be remembered as a ray of sunshine and patient man when he rolled up to the market early or late.  We (including our staff) will remember him fondly as a sweet gentle man with a smile that lit up a room.  We will miss him greatly.  Please don't hesitate to stop in for a coffee and muffin, we will always have time for you. :)


From: Courtney Denard
I was so very saddened to hear of Don's passing. Don and I were co-volunteers with Grown in Grey over the past few years and fellow farmers. He was always kind to me and eager to promote agriculture in Grey County. My thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. 

From: Barb and Norm Cheung
Norm and I are so sorry to hear of Don's passing.  You were both very friendly to us each time we were up to visit family and dropped in and picked up Emily from work.  We will remember your kindness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. 

From: Allen and Janice Hughes   
Our prayers are with you at this sad time. Don was a great help at  public speaking,  grown in Grey and at Grey Federation of Agriculture meetings and OFA conventions for many years. He will be missed in many places.

From: Susan Kelner
My condolences to the Hill family.  It was a privilege to have Don Hill as an instructor of the Grower Pesticide Safety Course in the early ’90s. We were fortunate to benefit from his natural talent as an agriculture educator. With deepest sympathy, Susan

From: John Mc Taggart
Ruth and Family. I was very saddened to hear from George Greenlees about Don's terrible accident and subsequent death. The news brings back many memories of our great times in '62 Animal Husbandry which were enhanced by Don's humour and friendship. I particularly recall our camaraderie on the four state road trip with Don and the rest of the judging team enroute to the International Livestock Judging Competition in Chicago. Because Nancy died in October 2015 I am sincerely empathetic to what you are going through and will be thinking of you. 

From: Glenn and Stephanie Powell
To Ruth and family, we were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Don - husband, father and grandfather - and good friend of ours for many years. We first met as classmates, OAC 62, and maintained a valued friendship from that time onward. Don was a proud Aggie in every sense of the word and contributed greatly to a number of farm organizations. He will be missed.
To Don's family we extend our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

From: Hilda Talsma
Dear Ruth, I was so saddened to hear about the very tragic death of your husband Don, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. I have just read the eulogy about him and it leaves me wishing I had known him.  What a wonderful tribute to his life.  I will not be able to attend the visitation as we are hosting my family reunion that weekend.  I wish you much strength and courage as you go through this very difficult time in your life, grieving and missing your life partner.  May God Bess you and give you comfort, sincerely, your alto friend....Hilda

From: Jim and Linda Thompson
Ruth and family:  We were sorry to hear of Don's passing.  We always enjoyed seeing you folks at the family re-unions over the years.  With our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time, Jim (cousin)and Linda Thompson, Listowel, On


From: Grant & Dorothy Richardson
Hello Ruth and Girls:  Grant & I were so sorry to hear of Don's passing.  We always enjoyed the visits at the OSCIA meetings over the years. He will surely be missed. 


From: Jim & Donna Fischer
Ruth, Merilee, Cynthia and family,
So saddened to learn of Don untimely passing. But very fortunate to have had the opportunity of working with Don through OSCIA and seeing Ruth and the girls at the many summer meetings. Loved his sense of humour and wit and the knowledge he shared when chatting with him. He will be missed by many but not forgotten. We sent our regrets in not being able to see you personally Ruth but will visit in the near future. May Don be granted eternal rest and perpetual light to shine upon him. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

From: Dianne Johnston
Dear Ruth and Family,
I was very shocked to read of Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

From: Lois Reoch (Mrs. Allan)
Ruth, Marilee and Cynthis:  It was with deep sadness Dunc Lamond advised me of Don's passing.  I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and will continue to remember you in prayer.  Sincerely, Lois R.


From: George and Lorna Greenlees
Ruth: We were shocked to learn of Don's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers  are with you and your family. Don's contributions to our 62 executive will be missed.


From: Jack Hagarty
We are sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don and I were hired as Soils and Crops Specialists for the Ministry of Agriculture on the same day in 1963. We worked together on projects, before he left the ministry to go farming. We remained friends; he was at my retirement party in 1994.


From: W Arthur Lawson
My condolences to the Hill family and friends.

I had the good fortune to work with Don early in my career. I knew him to be a good person with integrity, compassion and a great communicator. I'm sure he'll be missed by all who knew him.
Art Lawson


From: Paul and Bev Bartlett 
Dear Ruth, Marilee and Cynthia we are so sorry to hear that Don has passed away. You have our deepest sympathies. Sincerely Bev and Paul


From: Randy & Nancy Elder
Ruth, Marilee and Cynthia,  We are so sorry for your loss of a Husband, Father, a Grandfather. I can member coming in the house at noon for dinner and hearing Don on the radio with the farm Ag Report, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families


From: Les and Marg Frayne and family
We extend our condolences to the entire Hill Family. While we did not visit often we did think of Don often and whenever we passed the farm and market on our way further North up the peninsula.

My first employment with the Ministry of Agriculture was working for Don at Ridgetown. It was a happy time and Don was the mentor that I appreciated having to start a career.  I knew he would find his way back to the farm as he spoke glowingly of Grey County whenever a comparison to something could be made.


From: Gord and Martha Calder
To Ruth and family, we were shocked and saddened by the news of Don’s accident and passing. We will miss seeing and chatting with him at Keady and the Saturday market. He always had a twinkle in his eyes and a gentle manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

From: Peggy Moulaison
Don will be greatly missed.  He was a wonderful, kind man.

From: Larry Culp
Ruth and Family, We are so sorry about Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Culps.


From: Helen McKay
I'm so sorry to hear about Don's passing. My sincere sympathy  to your whole family.


From: Andrew Barrie
Ruth and family - so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don was always so supportive to me when I started working for OMAFRA out of the Markdale office and his passion for agriculture showed in all he did. I remember many good discussions with Don when he was picking up asparagus from our farm to take to Market. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From: Maurice J Francis
So sorry to hear ab0out Don's sudden passing. He was a faithful member of Animal HusbandRy option OAC SIXTY TWO. Our thoughts and condolences to all Don's family.  Mo Francis OAC 62


From: Karen Naish
Hi Ruth:   I was very sorry to read of Don's passing.  I am very sorry for your loss.  You are in my prayers.  Singing with the choir will eventually be very therapeutic.    -Karen


From: Fran Darlington
Ruth and family: I am so very sorry to hear of Don's death. (Jim Henderson sent an email.) What a terrible shock for you all. I remember Don's gentle presence at OAC '62 events and reunions, and my husband Jim, a classmate, always spoke well of him. (Sadly, Jim died in March.) Please take care of yourselves  as you make your way through these difficult days - Don would surely want you to. 
With deepest sympathy - Fran Darlington 

From: Helen McQuitty
Ruth so sorry to hear of your loss of Don. He was always a favourite of John and me. 
Unfortunately I cannot be with you to celebrate his life as Clare and I will still be in Vancouver. Hope to see sometime this summer. 
Love, Helen


From: Desboro Agricultural Society
Ruth and family, you all have been in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy on your loss of Don. 


From: Terry, Marlene and Alexander Reed 
We are so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful picture of Don. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers in the days ahead. May your faith give you strength for each day. Sending our love.


From: Terry Daynard, Guelph
I was privileged to work for Don Hill during the summer of 1964 when he was a Ministry of Agriculture soil and crop specialist located at Markdale, and I was an undergrad student at the Ontario Agricultural College. I learned so much from Don that summer, not only about crops and soils but also about working with farmers and the special quality of rural life (not to mention the unique character of Grey County). I've treasured that experience ever since and offer condolences to Ruth and her family on the tragic death of this wonderful person.


From: Bill & Diane Parks
Ruth and family- our condolences and sorrow at Don’s passing. An amazing guy who was always warm and kind to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 
Much Love

From: June (cousin)&Frank Benedict& family
What a lovely picture of Don with his warm smile, just the way he always was. We have so many fond memories of times spent together over many, many years.  His wonderful personality will be with us forever. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers every day.  We trust your faith will carry you through the difficult months ahead. Sending hugs to you all.
June, Frank & family, Abbotsford, B.C.

From: Christa and Paul Primas
We are so very sorry about your loss.  Don was such a wonderful man and he will always be fondly remembered. We are thinking of you at this very difficult time and keeping you in our prayers.  Much love. 


From: Allan and Margaret
Dear Ruth and family, What a beautiful man! I can't imagine how you are feeling but I do know that we all grieve along with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you big HUGS and our love, Allan and Margaret Mol


From: Maurice Martin
Marcie and I are so sorry to hear of Don's accident and passing.  We wish to express our sincere condolences to Ruth and her family. 


From: Denis & Lyse Perrault
Dear Ruth & family,

Our deepest sympathy.  We were saddened to hear of Don's sudden death.  He was a wonderful man and  O.S.C.I.A. was very important to him.

Sincerely, Denis (Past Presiden) & Lyse Perrault, Ottawa (Navan) Ontario


From: Mack & Beth Emiry
Dear Ruth,
We were so saddened to hear of Don's unfortunate accident. It has been many years since we first met and were taking our "kids" to Summer Soil & Crop tours and the contact and friendship has continued over the years since. 
You will miss him so very much
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Mack & Beth


From: Kimberley Love & Glen Drummond
Ruth, we were just devastated to hear the news about Don, and we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Also a terrible loss for our community and everyone who knew Don: his perpetual smile, his good humour, his generosity in sharing his wisdom and experience with others.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


From: Lis and Trevor Falk
Hello Ruth and family,

We were so sorry to hear about Don's passing. May you find comfort in fond memories of him, and in knowing that your many friends are thinking and praying for you at this difficult time.

Lis and Trevor

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