With heavy hearts we announce the sudden loss of Barry Hile, beloved husband of Gabriele Hile (married 55 yrs), father of Christiane (Carlos), Mark (Cathy) and Nicola (Jeremy), grandfather to Alysha, Jenny, Daniel and Julian, uncle to Doug.
He was born in Toronto, graduated from Ryerson and York Universities with a major in Economics. He went on to get RIA/CMA designations. His dual Canadian-US citizenship afforded him the opportunity to further his career in CA and OR. He returned “home” in Canada, settling on the West Coast.
His distinguished accounting career included Eaton’s in Toronto, Metro McNair Labs in Vancouver and the Department of National Defense in Victoria. In his spare time he loved his golf game rain or shine, and cheering on and supporting his grandchildren at their various sporting events. His keen interest in forensics and attention to detail served him well as he researched the history of both wars, and the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff at great length. He often challenged historical authorities with his clear research documentation.
We will never forget summers spent on the family farm in Pennsylvania and at the cottage in Lake Simcoe, Ontario. Although resistant when it came to pets, he managed to co-exist with the menagerie of animals ever-present at home. His strength lay in his kind gentle nature and stable integrity. While others laughed, he delivered his wit and humour with a straight face. Barry’s deep devotion to his special-needs granddaughter, Jenny, never wavered.
Rejoice with me
At my soul’s loosing from captivity
With me bon voyage
(excerpt from John Oxenham)
Barry will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life is planned in Victoria shortly, after Easter.
Check back here for details OR call can of us. If you need a phone number, text/call Christiane: 818.681.2200.
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