McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home & Chapel

1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON


John Edward Hill

April 1, 1949October 30, 2019

At home surrounded by family John passed away peacefully October 30, 2019 after a very recent and aggressive cancer diagnosis. Loved and loving husband of Donna (nee Wakeford), devoted father of Amanda (Peter) Pieda, Amy (John) Macaulay and Christina (James Lepp). Cherished grandfather of Kayleigh, David and Stephanie Pieda; Jack, Owen and Nate Macaulay; and Victoria and Jonah Lepp. Dear brother of Joseph (Louise) Hill, Kimberley, B.C., Patrick (late Ruth) Hill, Leamington, Ontario. Dear brother-in-law to Bryan and Ruth Wakeford, Dianne and John Rivers and Stacy and Brent Wakeford, all of Ottawa. Treasured son-in-law of the late Vivian (Maheral) and Clifford Wakeford. Beloved uncle to several nieces and nephews whom he adored. Family meant the world to John. John was born in Fort Frances, Ontario the loving son of the late Doris (Calder) and Andrew Hill. He moved to Huntsville, Ontario in 1964 where he attended and graduated from Huntsville High School. He attended Laurentian University in Sudbury and subsequently graduated from the University of Ottawa in Civil Engineering, where he met the love of his life, Donna, at an Engineering/Nursing skating party. As a Civil Engineer, John was involved in bridge construction and road building. He found his calling as the Executive Director of the Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association, a position he held for 25 years. John was talented in so many ways. He was creative and handy, and could solve any issue with a quick redesign. John was a passionate golfer, often playing 27-36 holes in a day with his brother Paddy. He was a loyal CFL fan holding season tickets with Rough Riders, Renegades and RedBlacks franchises. He instilled the love of the game in his daughters. He loved cars, from sports cars to luxury vehicles and everything in between. Eight years ago, John took on a new role, one that would be a part of his legacy. He became a grandfather and his grandchildren were his world. His eight grandchildren adored him and the feeling was mutual. Friends and family may gather at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road, on Sunday November 3 from 5-8 pm. Funeral will be held on Monday November 4, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 685 Walkley Road, Ottawa, Ontario. Reception to follow in parish hall. In memory of John, donations may be made to The Snowsuit Fund and The Christmas Exchange.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 4, 2019


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Val Calder

November 6, 2019

Hi Donna and family, so very sorry to hear about Johns passing, it’s way too soon to have to leave you and the kids, It’s sad that the little ones and everyone can’t get those giant hugs from that gentle, loving man but thank God for the memories,pictures,videos etc.we remember all the fun third st and Phair times,esp the go cart days. Sooo happy that we had such a great visit with the three boys at the hall and the beautiful Thanksgiving supper at your house.Cherish the good times,we love you all,Ray and Val ❤️💜

Maryann Joseph

November 5, 2019

Dear Mrs. Hill, Amanda, Amy, and Christina,
I feel heartbroken for you. I am so
very sorry. I still can't believe it actually. Sincere condolences to you and the whole family. I vividly remember Mr. Hill's gentle smiling eyes...so calm and kind yet lit from within and glinting with some hidden potential for mischief! Just my impression since elementary school. Reminds me so much of Amanda's eyes sometimes. Thinking of you all...holding you and Mr. Hill in my heart and prayers. Especially after the busy rush of the services and arrangements quiets down and you feel the grief, please know you are loved and supported, please know you can cry with me anytime, and please know that in his own special way your dad, your hero, will always be with you.

Robin Borne

November 4, 2019

Deepest sympathies from the staff of the Canadian Construction Association. His support of our association, and our industry was much appreciated. We join you in honoring his memory.

Marian Davidson Boles

November 4, 2019

I worked with John for many years, representing the Manitoba Association. He was my mentor, always there to assist myself and any of the members.
John and Donna were the wonderful hosts of so many great conferences, we will all remember.
John was kind, sincere and above all else a gentleman. He was respected by everyone he met and worked with.
Marian & Nelson Boles

Patricia O’Grady

November 4, 2019

3600 Kms+ separate the West Hills from our East Hills but we always found a way to come together and celebrate Family. Whether it was summer vacations in Fort Frances or Weddings or Graduations or simply Hill Family Gatherings - at the heart of all those miles travelled, it was for Family. We may be the Hills but we’ve made mountains of memories. Our Hill Family heart has lost yet another and we will forever miss you Uncle Jack - With Much Love for All

Curtis Schnobb

November 4, 2019

Donna and Family

Our deepest condolences to you and your Family. John was gentle giant of a man who’s friendship will be missed .

Curtis Schnobb

Ed Gallos

November 3, 2019

John was a gentleman in the true sense of the word. He had a wonderful way of nudging people in the right direction by being inclusive and respectful.

As the first full time Executive Director of our Association, he was instrumental in establishing the CRCA as an industry leader.

More importantly, I was proud to call him a friend. Ramona and I will miss him.

Our deepest condolences go out to Donna and all of their families.

Peter Kalinger

November 3, 2019

Donna and Family,
John was the best boss anyone could ever have. He was the most kind, decent and caring man a person could have the fortune of knowing. We will always remember him fondly. Our sincerest condolences on your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Peter, Kathryn and Rebecca


November 3, 2019

A beautiful tribute to a life well lived by a special person. John’s smile, laughter & gentle personality will be missed & forever remembered. When a teenager, John baby sat for us. We are grateful that he & Donna were able to witness the laying of their family bricks at the last Calder Clan Family Gathering in his home town. May he Rest In Peace.
Love, Bob & Erma Armit & families

Sue & Roch Fostey-Lalonde

November 3, 2019

Donna & Family

Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Keep all the memories close. Our deepest sympathy.