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William Rennie Hilton

July 17th, 1950 - June 21st, 2022
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Rennie Hilton

July 17, 1950 - June 21, 2022

After struggling with health issues through the last several years, Rennie finally succumbed to them the evening of Tuesday June 21st, 2022 at Ridge-Meadows Hospital in Maple Ridge, BC.

In true Rennie fashion, he kept up his signature wry humour, still mischievous & cheeky, joking, charming and flirting with the nurses and hospital workers to the end.

Rennie was Mr. Social and reveled in the times with his many friends & acquaintances.  He loved to banter and “discuss” controversial subjects – known to switch back and forth between sides just to keep an argument alive. He delighted in being outrageous and irreverently poking a hornets’ nest as those who followed his Facebook will know.  But he was a BIG BIG heart and a good and loyal friend.  A sense of honour was of utmost importance to him, something he certainly passed on to his sons.  He loved dogs, loud music, reading, playing Bridge, trains, military history & of course, beer.

Rennie adored and was adored back by his family, his dogs, his friends.  His wee grandson Cruz was an extra special twinkle in his eye.

Left to mourn and remember him with love are  his Darlin’, Shelley, through thick & thin for 45 years; his treasured sons, Trevor & Riley who he was so very proud of; Cruz, the wee grandson who was a huge delight for him and Jessica his mom, the daughter he always wanted; cherished sisters Janie & Trudy; nephews Richard Cook (Sue) and Rennie Cook (Tamsyn), Chuckmala cousins Pat, Ted, Mike, Lisa, Crystal and all of their families.  Predeceased by his parents & beloved sister Diane.

At the end, Rennie kept repeating, “I had a very good life.”

“So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made
In love we disappear.”

- Leonard Cohen

Celebration of Rennie's life to be held on Aug 6 from 1 to 4 pm at Hammond Hall Community Centre, 20601 Westfield Avenue, Maple Ridge.  

 “The gate is straight, deep and wide. Break on through to the other side.”

- Jim Morrison, The Doors 


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Janet and Steve Amsden
August 7th, 2022

Rennie was always full of good humour.
He was so good at bridge but never really took it seriously. His main goal was to have a good time and make sure everybody else did too. He made the world a happier place.

Pat
August 1st, 2022

Friends since welding school 1981, I remember a man who was always ready with a laugh, a good story and a helping hand. Decent and caring, Rennie was a rare gem. He revelled in a life that centred around his beloved family and many friends, and never failed to welcome anyone and everyone into that life.
With Rennie no longer around to keep things lively it’s a cooler, quieter world.

Gregor Tirrell
July 6th, 2022

I first met Rennie in Revelstoke, BC in 1975 soon after I started working for CP Rail. We quickly became friends, and that friendship has remained ever since. He was always very generous and willing to help me and everyone who knew him unconditionally. Bridge was one of his great passions and I enjoyed many a game with him, further enhanced by his keen sense of humour. Rennie was a great man, a true friend and I am among the many who will miss him very much. My condolences to Shelley and family at this difficult time.

A Simple Cremation
June 24th, 2022
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