Charles "Vic" Hillsden

16 August, 192322 April, 2021

The world is diminished because he is gone... but it is still a better place because he was here.

With Sadness and yet Thankfulness for the many years we've shared, our family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Charles Victor Hillsden at the age of 97 on April 22nd, 2021, with his family at his side.

His memory will be cherished by his wife of 74 years Marybel (nee Lendrum), his children Ruth (Arnold), Murray (Jane), and Gayle (Les), his grandchildren Robert, Beverly (AJ), Mike (Lauren), Steve (Melissa), Chris (Ashley) and Jason, as well as great grandchildren Isabelle, Taylor, Avery, Olive, Theo and Remi. Vic is also survived by his sister Ruth, brothers Jack and Allen (Grace).

Vic as he was best known, was born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1923 and spent several years growing up in Badger, Manitoba. Then family returned to Winnipeg. He was conscripted into the army at 19 years of age and sent overseas during the 2nd World War with the PPCLI.

After his return he met and married Marybel in November, 1946. They resided in Winnipeg, mostly in the St. Vital area where they raised their children. Vic spent time serving his community through church groups, Cubs and Scouts, and senior groups. He worked the majority of his years for the Norwood School Division. He enjoyed curling, fishing, outings, wood working, playing cards, and visiting Murray and his family in Calgary. His family was the most important part of his life, he was always there to support, encourage, guide, hug, and love unconditionally.

The family would like to thank Dr. T Gwozdecki, WRHA Pallative Care Team, and the Aides from Home Care that looked after him daily.

In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Lighthouse Mission, a charity of your choice, or pay It forward with a gesture of compassion to others.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021. You are invited to join us virtually by clicking the 'Join Livestream' link in the Services section below.


  • Private Service of Remembrance - TO BE LIVESTREAMED

    Friday, 30 April , 2021



Charles "Vic" Hillsden

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Yvonne Seewald

2 May 2021

Our Deepest Sympathies goes out to Ruth , Arnold & all the Families on the loss of your father. May your beautiful memories of him sustain you all in this time of sorrow.
With warm thoughts and prayers.
Yvonne Seewald & Marcel Lambert

Eric & Lorna Hillsden

30 April 2021

Uncle Vic and Aunty Marybel would visit my Mom and Dad on the West Coast. I always remember the trips out of the Alberni Canal to go salmon fishing. He was always enthusiastic about catching that first salmon. Dad (George) and Vic always had lots of laughter and they looked forward to the next visit. And always remember Vic....keep the lines tight! Dad and Vic will be reeling in the big ones in heaven..

It was a wonderful service that we watched online. We admire all those who were able to stand up and speak on behalf of the family. Good Job was hard but you did a great job. Always remember that tears show you care.

Lorna and Eric Hillsden

Gayle Farkas

30 April 2021

Always a Yearly trip with family

Eva Harris

29 April 2021

I have many fond memories of our Pendergast Luncheons and perogy making get togethers, and Vic as our chief dishwasher.
With thanks for having known him,
Eva Harris

Vincent Kennedy

28 April 2021

Marybel and Family -

I write to express to you and your family the sincere condolences of the Patricia’s on the passing of Victor Hillsden. I cannot say with confidence that I met your husband, but as I was a St Vital boy and married a St Vital girl, I might have.

The Regiment remembers Vic's service in stopping the war in Europe. I am sure the family is proud of that service. His name will be read in this year’s list of the lost when we read that out on November 11th, 2021 in the Sacred Space in Beechwood, the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa. His name will also be listed in the 2021 edition of the Patrician’s Last Post section.

Thank you for obviously supporting Vic throughout his life. 74 years of matrimony is an achievement all by itself. We are glad that he had a vibrant family and that Vic gave much to his community.

Should any of Vic's family want to maintain a connection with the Regiment, a gratis three year Memorial Membership in the PPCLI Association is available. Contact Mr Herb Kenny, the Membership Chairman, at, for details.

Thank you all.

Brigadier-General Vince Kennedy (Retired)
Colonel of the Regiment
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry