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John Hilstad

November 13, 1928 — June 5, 2024


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Hilstad, an accomplished carpenter who touched the lives of many. John was born on November 13, 1928, in Shell Lake, Sask. His quiet demeanor, profound sense of integrity, grace, strength of character, humility, kindness, and compassion was appreciated by all. He was a man of few words but left an impact on everyone he met with his great sense of humor.

John and his wife Shirley moved to Banff in 1954 where they raised their 3 children.  They moved to Canmore in 1978 and lived there until 2007. Even though they lived other places, this was home to John and Shirley.

John's journey on this earth came to an end on June 5, 2024, in Drayton Valley, His family rejoices in knowing that Grandpa is dancing with Jesus in heaven. 

He was a beloved husband to Shirley Hilstad for 69 years.   John's legacy lives on through his daughter Melodie (Ian) Wilkinson, his sons Gregory (Pam) Hilstad and Graham (Kathy) Hilstad. To his 14 grandchildren, he was their hero - who gave the strongest hugs and remained as solid as a rock.  His memory will also forever be cherished by his 35 great-grandchildren.

John Hilstad will be remembered not only for his craftsmanship as a carpenter but also for the love he shared with all who knew him. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace while his memory continues to live in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Calgary in August.  For more information, please provide your contact details in the Guest Book link below.

Special thanks to Drayton Memorial Crematorium and Funeral Services for their incredible support to our mother, Shirley Hilstad, during this time.

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