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HILLMAN, Gabriel Wilfred Alexander Paproski

November 10, 1994 — October 30, 2018

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our precious angel Gabriel when he was called home much too early.  Gabe was born in Edmonton, AB and moved to Kelowna when he was one and lived most of his life in Kelowna.  Gabriel was a beautiful soul who was a kind, hard-working and touched many lives in his short time with us. Gabe grew up in a loving home and will be forever missed by his parents Kevin and Carol-Ann, sister Tasha, Grandpa Lyle Hillman and Cynthia Swan, Granny Louise Paproski, and many aunts and uncles, cousins and many friends.  He was predeceased by his Grandma Patricia Hillman and Grandpa Ken Paproski.  He will always be remembered for his beautiful smile, thoughtfulness, intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit and many friends who appreciated him for who he was.

Gabriel had many interests, he played many sports, including Tennis and Badminton (Dad’s favorites) Golf (Mom’s favorite) Baseball, and Soccer.  He was an active scout, loved extreme camping and he attended a number of Scout Jamborees, where he learned that “Dancing Queen” could scare away bears.  Gabe was amazing with computers and technology and loved Anime and video games.  Gabe also loved his cat Jaggy, who has been his buddy for the past 12 years. Gabriel was very close to his sister Tasha and was protective of her throughout his life.

Gabriel was ambitious and hardworking; as a teenager, he was going to be a millionaire by the time he was 30.  He started delivering newspapers when he was only 12, he also worked at McDonalds, Little Caesars, and Canadian 2 for 1 pizza, all before he finished high school.  When he was only 18, he wanted to buy his own business, and purchased his Happy Pineapple Hawaiian Shaved ice business.   He also completed a year and a half of business and marketing at Okanagan College.

The burdens of society pulled him down, but we will all remember his big heart and his courage to dance in the rain.  Until we meet again, may we carry in our hearts all our fond memories of Gabriel.

Please come to our celebration of Gabriel’s life, Prayers on Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 pm, Funeral with Celebration of Life to follow on Friday, November 16, 11:00 am all at Dormition of the Mother of God, 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna, BC.  Please wear some purple as it was one of his favorite colors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gabriel’s memory may be made to the Foundry, www.foundrybc.ca.

Thank you for all your prayers and support for our precious son Gabriel and Family.  May angels carry him peacefully to Heaven.  We loved you very much and will continue to send our love to you for eternity.

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Prayer Service
Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 pm

Friday, November 16, 11:00 am

Dormition of the Mother of God

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gabriel’s memory may be made to the Foundry. Link: www.foundrybc.ca


Service Information

Service Details

The prayer service for HILLMAN, Gabriel Wilfred Alexander Paproski is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 pm at located at 1091 Coronation Ave., Kelowna, BC.

The service for HILLMAN, Gabriel Wilfred Alexander Paproski is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Dormition of the Mother of God

1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna, BC


Special Requests:

Please wear some purple as it was one of his favorite colors.

Funeral Pointers:



  • Linda Estabrooks and Michael Christian says:

    Kevin and family we are so very sorry for your loss. We remember Gabriel from his time at KBC. Our thoughts are with you all.. Mike and Linda

  • Michael Berger says:

    Dear Kevin,
    I wish you and your family the strength and the hope to deal with this significant loss in your life. Nobody can imagine , how deeply you must suffer right now. My prayers are with you and hope al the best for you. Michael….your old tennis Partner

  • Deb and Bruce Boelstler says:

    Carol-Ann, Kevin and Tasha: So so shocked to hear of your loss of Gabriel. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. In deepest sympathy and Love:
    Debbie and Bruce Boelstler

  • Val Warwick says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Gabriel, I know you are in pain and I wish I could offer you peace. Gabriel’s life ended too soon but I know the memory of him will continue to flow forever. Be strong and know that we care.

  • Grace Swekla says:

    Dear Kevin, Carol Anne, and Tasha, So sorry to hear of Gabe’s passing. Sending Love and Hugs to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Susan Neilson says:

    I am so very very sorry for your loss! I knew Gabe when I was teaching at OKM. He was absolutely brilliant with computers and I remember him well. I cannot imagine how devastating it must be for the family to lose him at such a young age. Caring wishes to all of you at this terribly difficult time.

  • Sharon Nutley says:

    I am so sorry Carol Ann and Kevin for your loss, so hard to believe such a young life gone.
    My thoughts are with you.

  • Sheila & Thom West says:

    Our sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your beloved son. May all your wonderful memories give you strength at this difficult time.

  • Deb and Bruce Boelstler says:

    Sincerest condolences to Louise Paproski on the loss of her beloved grandson Gabriel. We will never forget him.
    Deb and Bruce Boelstler

  • Heather Weber says:

    Carol Anne & Kevin & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss….sending you all hugs & prayers
    Heather Weber

  • Caeo says:

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Gabe, he was very close to my heart. I hope that his family finds the way through the grief and that we can all honour his memory and find peace in holding our memories of him close to our hearts forever. I offer a portrait of Gabriel that I drew and will soon paint, well I process my grief, so that we might remember him even better and never let go.

  • Rupert Benzon says:

    Kevin, Carol-Ann – was so terrible and heart-breaking to hear about the loss of Gabriel. Upon our initial introduction way back in 2001, I immediately considered Gabriel a friend I could trust and confide in. Even as a young boy, his genuine, supportive, and hospitable demeanour was quickly evident and unwavering into young adulthood. As your long-time friend, please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime…. Rupert

  • Joanie Helfrick says:

    Carol-Ann, Kevin and Tasha – My prayers are with you at such a tremendously difficult time….

  • Dormition Of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church says:

    On behalf of our church family, assurance of our prayers and deepest sympathy are to Mr. Kevin Hillman, Mrs. Carol-Ann Hillman, Tasha Hillman, all their family members, relatives and friends.
    May our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ guide Gabriel’s soul into the place where all the saints abide, and may his memory be everlasting with the Lord and our prayers – Vichnaya Pamyat’/Eternal Memory!

  • Norma Arnold says:

    Kevin, Carol-Ann & family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you through this sad and hard time.

  • Deb Boelstler says:

    My thoughts are with you all tonight and praying that your hearts that are tender will be strong. We know it is a long long road ahead. Never easy to lose a child or a brother. Take the best memories and hold them tight to your hearts. Your dear Gabriel is with God now and is truly the angel that will be watching over you all. Love and hugs, Deb and Bruce

  • Anne Marie Petersen says:

    Deepest Condolences Kevin & Carol Ann on the loss of your son Gabriel. I’m thinking of you both and Tasha. Hugs.

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