HILLIAN, George Alexander
September 3, 1921 — June 5, 2013
George died peacefully on June 5th at age 91 after a short illness, survived by his wife of 25 years, Reverend Dr. Lorna Hillian, brother Willie in Scotland, children Fraser (Elisabeth), Doug, Suzanne and John (Deirdre), grandchildren Sandra, Fiona, Aisling, Michael, Emma and Matthew, and great-grandchildren Charlotte, Ben, Talia, Sage and Nolan, pre-deceased by his sister Isobel in 1969 and wife Elsie in 1984.
George was a British Army veteran who served in the Intelligence Corps and studied classics at Glasgow University. He emigrated with his young family from Paisley, Scotland in 1956, settling in Kelowna where he taught and eventually headed the English Department at Kelowna Secondary until his retirement in 1987.
A firm believer in public service, George was an active community builder who sang in the choir, ran the church badminton club, coached and refereed soccer, and served on many boards. He was a long serving member of the Mental Health association, providing leadership in the development of activity programs and housing.
George loved to laugh, sing, garden, talk politics and sports, and was a ferocious scrabble player. His fierce intellect and often irascible persona masked a gentle nature and generosity of spirit that endeared him to many. We will miss him tremendously.
A memorial service and reception will be held at 2 pm on Monday, June 10th at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 271 Snowsell Street, Kelowna. Donations in George’s memory may be made to Outreach at First United Church. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your
The service for HILLIAN, George Alexander is scheduled for 2 pm on Monday, June 10th. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.