Harold Oliver Hinson

February 8, 1924April 23, 2016

Harold Oliver Hinson passed away after a brief illness at age 92 on April 23rd, 2016. Predeceased by his brother Frank, and sister Shirley, Puppa is lovingly survived by his wife Elaine (62 years married), sister Grace, daughters Leslie (Willi), Barbara (Ulrich), son Ian (Marilea), devoted granddaughters Vanessa and Christina, nephews Ken, Terry, niece Juanita as well as other family in Australia, Germany, Switzerland and USA. Puppa was a RCAF navigator of the 408 Goose Squadron, past exalted ruler of BPOE Lodge 55, past treasurer of Renfrew Collingwood Legion 48 and past treasurer of Burnaby Assoc. of Marine Modelers. Always busy building model boats, wood working, fishing or calling bingo, he recently found solace at the Fairhaven residence with Miss Elly. Service will be held at 10 am Friday May 6th at Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby. In lieu of flowers please support Salvation Army who provided comfort for the liberated WWII POWs. Farewell to our pal Hal.



  • Memorial Service

    Friday, May 6, 2016


  • Reception to follow


Harold Oliver Hinson

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May 7, 2016

Please accept our deepest condolences. We regret that we were unable to attend Harold's service.Although we lost touch over the years, I often thought of you and Harold. He was a mentor and good friend. We had many good times and his stories of the war and being shot down were spellbinding. He didn't seem to bear any animosity to his captors. I will never forget him. Rest in Peace and be back pain free.
Len and Judy Last.

May 6, 2016

For Harold Hinson's Service:
It was the joy Uncle Harold showed,
And shared,
As he lived each passing moment
With simple pleasure.

Heather and I witnessed this
A few years ago
When we visited him
And Auntie Elaine,
Where I felt
He reached deep down into my soul
And touched the child in me
With his modelling.

As a grand nephew,
While he struggled with
The consequences of the war,
He confirmed for me
That this great illusion
We call life
Offers us choices
To live in love
Or be victim to anger.

Aunty Elaine and he were
Like the parts of
The finely laid out trains
He so loved to work on
So many years ago.
Each part contributing
To the fine performance
Of the whole.

I can't think that
Auntie Elaine and he are
No longer equal parts
Of that well running train layout.
Not because I'm unable
To face the reality of his passing
But because I know in my heart
That he ever was
And always will be
A little part of all of us
As all of us were a little
Part of him.

I like to believe
He received the gift
Of parting quickly
With only a brief
Flirting with sickness and pain.

So, it will be all of the
Delightful memories
Of how he contributed
To his extended family's lives
That will fill our minds
As time heals
The emptiness
Of this abrupt departure.

Teasing Lorraine, my mother,
Kibbitzing with Stan, my father,
With life-filled eyes
Sparkling through
Brown frames of
Conservative glasses-
The gentle signature of
His advice-giving vocal tones,
The raised pleasure
In his voice when he caught
Gladys, his step sister,
In a joke or a tease.

He was always in flight.
Like the great, grey
Bullet of aluminum
He navigated in during the war,
He could lift himself
Up out of the grey squanderings
Of time and energy
And propel himself
Above the clouds of life
Into that region
Where the sun always shines
Where inner peace
And a holistic view of life
Are simple choices
Easily made.

The universe smiled gently
On this unassuming man.
It gave him eternal youth,
A dedicated and deeply loving wife,
Three great children
And a mixed and interesting
Extended family.

He has left all of us
With a warm glow
Of knowing
And a glimpse
Of some of life's secrets.
I give you thanks, Uncle Harold,
For reaching deep down
And touching my soul.
May you have rest.

So long.

Mitch and Heather Stefanek

May 5, 2016

Dear Aunty Elaine, Leslie, Barb and Ian,

We are so sorry for your loss. During your time of grief, please remember how many lives Uncle Harold touched and made happier. We have many good memories of our time with Uncle Harold.....meeting him at the Burnaby dinner honouring volunteers, making the most wonderful Grandfather clocks and listening to his war stories. He was an amazing Uncle.

Love Bill and Judy Stefanek

May 4, 2016

Dear Aunty Elaine, Leslie, Barb and Ian,

We just heard that Uncle Harold passed away. We are so sorry for your loss. May all the wonderful memories soften the grief somewhat.
We have lots and lots of amazing memories of spending time with all of you at either Mom and Dads or Aunty Irene and Uncle Steve's. Lots of laughs and fun times. He was such a nice and gentle soul.

Love from Vicki Stefanek (Jackson)

J&E Hilton

May 3, 2016

Dear Aunty Elaine, Leslie,Barb,Ian
Ed and I were so sorry to hear about Uncle Harold. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, remember all the great memories! Hugs Juanita & Ed

Sam Oben

May 2, 2016

Sam Oben

May 2, 2016

Condolences to friends and family. Harold served in the military and various organizations as Harold will be remembered. An honor to having to met Harold. Rest in peace Harold.

Sam Oben

May 2, 2016

Sam Oben

May 2, 2016

Sam Oben

May 2, 2016