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HILL, Allan Murray

June 29, 1953 — June 4, 2023

Allan Murray Hill, known to many as “Big Al,” passed away peacefully on June 4, 2023, wrapped in a quilt, surrounded by the care and compassion of the Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, BC. Despite life’s challenges, he defied expectations, reaching the joyous age of 69, a remarkable feat for someone who spent almost two decades experiencing chronic homelessness.

Born on June 29, 1953, in Haileybury, Ontario, where he loved playing hockey and doing gymnastics. He started coaching when he moved to BC in the early 80s. His dedication to his craft and his ability to inspire others made him an exceptional mentor.

Allan’s life exemplified the power of community and the strength of human connection. His journey was intricately woven with the lives of those who cared for him, particularly in recent years. In 2020, he found solace and stability in Stephen Village, a supportive housing initiative brought to life through the collaborative efforts of the John Howard Society, BC Housing, and Kelowna’s “Journey Home” strategy.

His vivacious spirit and infectious laughter were legendary. Standing at 5’5, he earned the nickname “Big Al” not for his stature, but for the magnitude of his personality. Allan had an insatiable curiosity about people, always eager to learn their names and their stories. His jokes and impersonations, though outrageously bad, had a way of bringing laughter to even the gloomiest of days.

Allan leaves behind a complex legacy, one that reflects the intricate tapestry of his life. He was a juxtaposition—a person who faced immense hardships, yet garnered uplifting support and love from all those who knew him. Everyone rooted for his success, holding onto hope despite the challenges he faced.

Allan is survived by his daughter Carly, his son Jesse, Jesse’s wife Jennie, his grandson Noah, sisters Ruth and Penny, and his best friend Linda Greene. He is predeceased by brothers Charlie, Wayne, and Bobby Hill and little sister Lori Lee.

Al showed his friends, family, and community that good things can grow, albeit not always in the ways we expect. His life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and reminds us what it is to cultivate a sense of belonging, even in a world filled with paradox.

A Celebration of Allan’s Life will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm, in the Family Centre at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Everyone is welcome. It is a day to commemorate his vibrant spirit, so everyone is encouraged to wear colorful attire. The more colour, the better. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In honor of Allan’s memory and the values he held dear, his family has established a GoFundMe campaign: https://gofund.me/f6c100f1. The funds raised will be allocated toward covering the costs of the celebration of life, including a live stream service so family members in other parts of the country can celebrate Al, too. The rest of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that support housing solutions and homelessness prevention initiatives, such as the John Howard Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna (CMHA Kelowna), and Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. Your contributions will continue Allan’s legacy of compassion and make a difference in the lives of others.

Allan Murray Hill will be remembered as a vibrant soul who touched the lives of many. His laughter, warmth, and unique perspective on life will forever resonate with those who had the privilege of knowing him. Rest in peace, Big Al.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for HILL, Allan Murray is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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  • Cheryl says:

    I was a friend of your dad’s for the better part of 25 years. We laughed, we cried, we partied, and looked forward to getting together for the next adventure. I used to live in a Housing Complex run by the Kelowna Friendship Society that used to be on Truswell Rd in the Mission area. We sat on my patio had drinks, played music, laughed, and just enjoyed company. We kept in touch no matter what, all you had to do was put word out and he’d be there. Know that no matter what your Dad was going through, he always had a smile and kiss/hug for me and anyone in his wide circle of friends. His jokes (dirty) were some of the best I heard, gut wrenching laughs! When asked how he was, he rarely complained, and you could tell he was hurting, but always talked positive and had few regrets. My heart aches and my eyes are swollen, but I know he is at peace now, and will be waiting for us to continue the party when we meet again. I wish you peace and love, prayers and hope – you will be with him again some day, keep smiling – if you have any of his features and traits – it will be a great and welcoming one. All my love to all your family members and friends in this time of sorrow.

  • Victoria Tucker ( Hill Family ) says:

    My deepest sympathys to Hill family .
    I had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Allan , when he came to Ontario to visit the family We enjoyed our times together , he got to meet his great nephew & great niece . He spent time with his siblings, niece and nephew.
    Gymnastics is something him and I had in common , I was a former gymnast , At our age , it was funny to see what we could still do when it came to gymnastics.
    I was aware of his troubles , but I tried my best to keep him on the right path. I’m so happy that I had the pleasure of meeting him and getting to know him .
    May he rest in peace , and I will always remember his humor & infectious laugh.
    He was a little guy with a big heart .
    Much Love Tyler (Hill), Victoria, Joshua , Karissa, Alex , Cassandra & Chris
    Tucker / Hill Family

  • Dee Cowens says:

    My husband and I have known ur dad for about 15+ yes nd even though he was older than me he called me mom. Someone asked him one time “y do u call her mom if ur older than her?” His reply” because I don’t know her real name and everyone else down here does.” Speaking of downtown. Lol. He told me this nd all I cud do was laugh. When we were moved into Steven’s village we were blessed by being put across the hall from him and it was the best thing ever as I got to hear his laugh every day. When I heard he had passed I collapsed nd I wanted to be here for his service but I was in Alberta with my family nd nobody told me when his service was or I would have been back. I am so sorry that I wasn’t able to be there in any way. RIP Al. (Son) I will miss u very much 😢 and I will not have a day go by that I don’t miss u nd ur silly laugh. Take care my old friend nd know that I love u and will never forget u.💖😭

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