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"OFN" 2005 Obituary


OFNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-26 published
HILL, Alfred Edward " Ted" B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Captain R.C.A.M.C. 1940 Certificate in Aviation Medicine, 1943. Pilot Officer, R.C.A.F. Special Reserve, 1943. Flight Lieutenant, 1945. Certificate in Internal Medicine, McGill, 1949. Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, McGill, 1950.
Ted passed away peacefully, at Lions Gate Hospital, Saturday, February 19th 2005, with his family by his side. A Celebration of Life will be held: March 2nd 2005, (Wednesday) 3:00 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors' Activity Centre, in the Marine Room (through the Cafeteria!) In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Ted is survived by Dearest Eleanor, his wife of 64 happy years, brother Kenneth HILL and sister Ruth STANLEY; sons John (& Josephine) and Frank (& Anne,) daughter Joyce, granddaughter Lupin HILL, step-grandchildren Claire CORBETT (& Julian, with their children Sam and Sophie,) Isabel JOHNSON and Rakim WYNTER. After retiring, Eleanor and Ted spent their winters at their beach home, Beaches of Nosara, Costa Rica. Ted learned Spanish, which came easily as he was fluent in French. Those were happy years with many Friends there, especially Betty and Victor AUGUSTINI. Eleanor and Ted travelled the World, making Friends and enriching all our lives with their wonderful tales of adventure. Ted was a collector by nature, as this enabled him to study subjects of interest more closely. From the age of nine to eighty-nine, he collected, traded, shared and studied stamps. He also loved selling them! He belonged to many stamp clubs, thereby making new Friends, including Dr. Richard and Sandra OFNER, Jack and Sibyl FREESTONE and Andy ANDERSON and his club. Ted also collected artefacts, jade, books of Canadian Aviation, Ballooning and Gliding, which he studied, and passed on to Simon Fraser University, museums, the National Archives, and interested collectors in those fields. Ted was a keen photographer, and collector of photographs of Canadian aviation. He used these in his articles, he wrote for Canadian Forces Sentinel, and The Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society He gave. his personal collection of historically significant aviation photographs to the National Archives, Ottawa. Ted and Eleanor have lived most of their retirement years in West Vancouver enjoying the views and seaside. They have been healthy and happy with many Friends here. Ted was a volunteer at West Vancouver Memorial Library, where he helped with the second-hand book sales, and often worked behind the scenes. He enjoyed writing for the library newsletter, and retired from that, weeks before he died. Ted will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and Friends. We are indeed fortunate to have had our lives so enriched by such an exceptional and caring man.

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