Shirley Hillier

Obituary of Shirley Rosemary J. Hillier

Hillier, Shirley Rosemary J.


It is with sad hearts that we announce the tragic passing of Shirley Rosemary Jane Hillier, 58 of MacPhersons Mills

Born in Willowdale, Pictou County, NS she was a daughter of the late Robert and Helen (MacDonald) Hillier.

She attended school in Rocky Mountain, East River St. Mary’s, Thorburn and East Pictou Rural High.

Her career with the post office began in 1982 and her last route was one of the longest rural routes in Canada serving RR.5.  Her career spanned 36 years until the time of her death.  Each customer was important and all the extras she performed were acknowledged and appreciated.  Her dedicated service will be greatly missed by the communities she served.

Her loyalty and passion extended to the LGBTQ community.  She was a social activist championing their rights.  In CUPW New Glasgow, she served on the local and national human rights committees.  A member of Bethany United Church and treasurer of East River St. Mary’s Cemetery, these were hallowed places that spoke to her of history and family.

Shirley was an avid reader, a fan of Agatha Christie, Robbie Burns or anything historical.  A loyal fan of the Royal family, it delighted her to have a picture of her meeting Prince Charles.

Having an appreciation and collection of fine crystal, her skills extended to cooking, hunting and any mechanical challenge.

She is survived by her partner Elizabeth Greene, special children: Eli (Miriam), Jessica (Tyler) and Lane (Kelsey) and their children, a sister Carol Yorke (John), brothers: Raymond, Bernie (Pat), Donny, Ronald (Gloria), David, Howard, sisters-in-law Darlene Bush, Sheryl Hillier, Ann MacDonald and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters June (Patrick) Roux and Letitia Hillier Quail (Ron), brothers John, James, William, Kenneth, Harry, Thomas and Richard.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 pm Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at the H.W. Angus Funeral Home, New Glasgow.  A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 in Zion Presbyterian Church, East River St. Mary’s With Rev. Derek Ellsworth presiding.  Burial will take place in East River St. Mary’s Cemetery.


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5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 25, 2019
H.W. Angus Funeral Home
256 King Street, New Glasgow
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, August 26, 2019
Zion Presbyterian Church
Sherbrooke Road
East River St Mary's, Nova Scotia, Canada


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Monday, August 26, 2019
East River St. Mary's Cemetery
Sherbrooke Road
East River St. Mary's, Nova Scotia, Canada
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