Prominent in the business and community life of Grimsby for over 40 years, Henry Hillier passed away at the O'Brien Nursing Home on Tuesday morning in his 73rd year.
Deceased gentleman was a son of the late Robert and Catherine Hillier and was born in Hamilton in 1877. As a young man he was prominent in different lines of sport, particularly with the old Tigers football club.
As a young man he went railroading and for some time was connected with an express company running out of Chicago. Over 40 years ago he came to Grimsby and operated the delivery of express matter for the old Canadian Express Co., as well as handling a general pick-up and delivery service for the merchants and public and holding the mail contract.
Some time later, he opened a general stationery and novelty store and news agency which he conducted for many years. He was for many years a prominent member in the old Chamber of Commerce and of the I.O.O.F. He was a member of St. Andrew's Church and for many years was a member of the choir, possessing a very fine voice.
He served as member of town council for two terms.
He was a hard worker for all kinds of athletic sports and a great booster for the community as a whole. It was Henry Hillier that organized and ran for some years the Hallowe'en Parade for the kiddies and in many other ways did he lend a helping hand for the youth of this district.
His wife, the former Charlotte Best. of Seaforth, predeceased him in 1938. He is survived by one son, Robert of Grimsby; and one daughter, Mrs. Lester Phipps, of Toronto; two sisters, Misses Emily and Hester, of Hamilton; and one brother, George, of Hamilton.
Funeral services are being held this Thursday afternoon at the Stonehouse Funeral Home with Rev. E.A.Brooks officiating, at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Grimsby Independent 11 May 1950: Funeral services for the late Henry Hillier were conducted from the Stonehouse Funeral Home on Thursday afternoon last and were largely attended by friends and business acquaintances. Rev. E.A.Brooks officiated at the interment in Queen's Lawn Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Robert C. Bourne, Roy Farrell, George McNinch, Frank James, William Fisher and Joseph Gratton, of Hamilton.