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Randall "Randy" Harvey Robert Hilliard

Thursday, August 30th, 1951 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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Randall (Randy) Harvey Robert Hilliard
August 30, 1951 - Thursday, March 21, 2019

Randy Hilliard passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the age of 67. He was a down-to-earth man who touched many lives in a lot of ways. He had a sense of humour, a sense of fairness, and above all, one of the kindest souls you could ever meet. In his travels through life, he built a treasure trove of "Randy stories", and as long as they continue to be told, his spirit will be kept alive. Please share a memory or picture here so that all of Randy's extended family can take comfort or share a laugh over some special Randy moment.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Randy please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Shelly Bryan-Darragh

Posted at 11:00pm
You were always smiling, no matter what the circumstance. I remember Chuckwagon and Tarzan in the hay loft. Thank goodness Dad never found out or there would have been trouble. I know you tried to do good, and you had it really rough for a long time. I am so happy that you were able to have a wonderful partner and be relaxing for the first time ever. Love Shelly Bryan-Darragh

Gail Ollefers

Posted at 03:25pm
Cousins. See so much of each other in youth and then adulthood comes along and gets in the way. Only saw Randy twice in about 45 years but remember very well the laughs and good times during visits to our family farm and the yearly family reunions. Great sense of humor, great laugh, great heart, great smile, great fun. My condolences to all your loved ones who miss you so now. You were great fun to be around as a kid and i suspect that never changed. Bless you Randy. Cousin Gail (Hilliard)

Matt McKay

Posted at 12:30am
Of course the best memories I'll have of Randy were just hanging around the yard or the porch, intentionally being a nuisance for my mom. Randy ALWAYS had something to say. It was a truly rare moment when something would leave him speechless! Often times he was hilariously off-colour and sarcastic, but he would also stop and give you great advice and genuine statements that you knew were from the heart. I got a glimpse into the life of truck driver Randy when I rode across Calgary in a semi truck we borrowed. I really don't know how driving that thing through the city was even possible, yet he did it with ease! I'm so glad that mom and Randy managed to pack so much living into the time they had together. You really made an impact on us Randy. We all loved you, and we'll miss you dearly.

Darrell Hilliard

Posted at 10:21pm
Hard to summarize a lifetime of memories. From the rabbits in Edson , watching Combat and making homemade fudge in the 60's, the 70's brought repeating all the key punchlines from the Longest Yard and Blazing Saddles, you selling me my first car , a Rambler no less, Les and I helping you pick up a load of lumber that another driver dumped in the mountains west of Calgary, getting drunk in Winnipeg when Russ and I were on our bike trip, your infatuation with the Billy Swan song " I Can Help ", drag racing Johnny's Cadillac vs a Buick Wildcat on Barlow Trail , beating a hot car on the circuit downtown with Nellie Belle because you could anticipate the lights so much better than him , the 80's with you acting as my getaway driver in the famous Claudette kidnapping before their Wedding ( Police nabbed me anyways ! ) , Russ's Stag and so many other events throughout the years including your now famous comment at last years Willi Plett ! And all the great people that you brought into my life that made it so much better. I wish we had more time , we had a few things left to do together , "Life is Short" it's a shame we didn't read that memo a little bit earlier . You could always make me laugh , alot of it dark humour but still oh so funny and I thank you for that . Godspeed Big Brother .......

Linde Turner

Posted at 05:21pm
When Randy came to meet Mary for the first time, he brought her a rose. The universe spoke: it was time to find each other, to experience unswerving love and commitment, to enjoy travelling together, to making their own home, and to create new family relationships. They enriched each other. Theirs was an amazing partnership. Randy could be quiet while Mary chatted, but he was always ready with a pointed comment – spoken with his quirky sense of humour and twinkling eyes. She always has a million projects in her, and Randy helped many a creation. When he had no idea how a project was unfolding, he proceeded with her requests to “saw here”, “nail there”, “lift this”, “carry this over there” – and together they made a tiny dark house into their own fascinating home of love and laughter. She introduced him to reading, and he almost always had something on the go, interspersed with crossword puzzles. They had wonderful trips together. The Maritimes, two Alaskan cruises, one in the Caribbean, Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta, the west coast, several Alberta “roadies”, and I think their vehicles could drive on auto-pilot between Drumheller and Calgary. Randy’s years of experience as a long-distance truck driver and his absolute devotion to Mary showed up clearly one dark and very stormy night one December 12th. A surprise birthday party was planned for Mary at James & Connie’s home in Irricana, and he drove them both safely through the storm from Calgary to ensure she got there. Randy was a very good friend to me in many ways: offering vehicle support, picking me up at the airport, enjoying just visiting on their deck or over supper at either their place or mine. His last help, with Mary, was to put up garden netting around my balcony, to prevent persistent pigeons from coming in and pooping. We absolutely needed his height and stretch to attach the upper parts. That was about 36 hours before he got his “bucket list helicopter ride” to Foothills Hospital. The world is indeed a poorer place without him. I am so glad that he and my dear friend Mary found each other for the 8 great years they had. I wish it could have been much, much longer for them. Linde Turner

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