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Born: Oct 01, 1961

Date of Passing: Apr 01, 2020

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October 1, 1960 - April 1, 2020

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Hilly Van Wyk, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, after a second hard fought battle with cancer.
Left to mourn is his wife, Suzanne (nee LeBlanc); daughters, Diane (Rob) and Michelle (Allan); his grandson Remi, and granddog Cashew; siblings, Deb (Wally), Rick (Darcy), Randy (Erica) and Sans; many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Hilly and Shirley Van Wyk.
Hilly grew up on the farm in Beaudry Park, MB before moving to Winnipeg to build a life with Sue and start a 30 plus year career with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverview Palliative Care for their care and compassion.
A Celebration of Life will be postponed to a future date when circumstances allow. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue in his honour where he was an active volunteer.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Sincere condolences Suzanne to you and your family. So sorry hearing the news. Sending strength ❤️ - Posted by: Laurie Carriere (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2020

  • Suzanne and family: Family is so precious! None of us knows all that you really feel, but we pray that God will comfort your hearts, uplift your spirits and carry you through this time of sadness. Hilly will always be remembered and will always be in our hearts as you and your family will be. God keep all of you safe. - Posted by: Dolaine, Vionne and Jennie Oystreck (Aunt and Cousins) on: Apr 07, 2020

  • My heart and prayers are with you Michelle, and your family, during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Catherine Landry (Coworker ) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • Suzanne I was very saddened to read the news of Hillary’s passing. My deepest sympathies are with you. If there is anything I can do please let me know. - Posted by: Cheryl Boulet (Dear friend) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to the family. The Shuttleworth family. - Posted by: The Shuttleworth Family (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Only through a beautiful, remembrance comment on Sandra's facebook, did we/my family, hear about Babe, Hilly. Being 9 years apart in age, I have only a few memories of my cousin Hilly, but all of them were of a fun loving guy with a great smile! I was lucky enough to have seen him recently , unfortunately at a funeral. It was so nice to see him & his family, as it is too far in between family get-togethers these days. I'm sure he was a fighter through all the hard times thrown at him in this life, as there seems to have been many of them. I believe this because he still had that great smile when we saw him last. Our deepest sympathies to Suzanne and all his family for their incredible loss. - Posted by: Tracy Jordan ( van der Zweep ) (cousin) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Suzanne and family our deepest sympathy for your loss. - Posted by: Diane and Dennis Stanley (Second cousin) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • My condolences to all of the family. Hilly was such a fun loving fellow. Many memories and laughs from family times on the farms. - Posted by: Val Loudfoot (cousin) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • My son in law Hilly, Was a wonderful addition to our family. I will miss him deeply. He was the perfect fit for my daughter Suzanne. I will miss seeing him at all our family events. He was a ray of sunshine. Say hi to Pepe for me. Love you, Meme - Posted by: Lifeless Meme LeBlanc (Mother in law) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • When I first met Hilly, I thought who is this guy Dating my sister. He drove up in a Starsky and Hutch Ranchero, with his jean jacket and parked in the driveway with his feet sticking out the window of the car. I came to find that he was the most authentic, nicest person I’ve ever met. He cared deeply for my sister as she did for him, and they were the perfect match. Everybody loved him, everybody will miss him, it won’t be the same without him. Love from the LeBlanc/Matusik family - Posted by: Claudette (Sister-in-law) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Our condolences to the Van Wyk family, Hilly and I met as young kids and became friends right away,we hung out as teenagers and young adults and were best friends, we were at each other’s weddings, Hilly was my best man, we worked together for 3 years at budget and then we did not see each other for 25 years, we re connected 12 years ago and it has been awesome, thank you Hilly for being my friend and best man I miss you and love you,love you too Sue. - Posted by: Brian Neufeld (Friend ) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Just read this and was sad to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nos condoléances les plus sincères. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Hochman (Cousin of Suzanne ) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. As a long term member of the Board of the Manitoba Blind Sports Association, he and his advice will be missed. - Posted by: Janis and Alan Brackman (Janis served along with Hilly on the Board of Manitoba Blind Sports Association) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • We are sad for your loss, Randy and Erika and all the family. Mat God's promise sustain you during this time. Dorothy and Hans Penner - Posted by: Dorothy Penner (Erika's cousin) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Hilly's family and friends during this difficult time. Though we have seen our cousins less in the most recent years, it does not take away from warm memories of the kind, fun-loving man that was Hilly. - Posted by: Connie van der Zweep (cousin) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Funny, smart, strong, caring... these are the first words that come to my mind when I think of Hilly. We worked together for many years, and a point came when he became my Team Leader. That’s when we really got to know one another. What a guy! He took the time to teach me, and he always made sure that I felt heard, understood and valued. He never pulled any punches - he told you like it was. He had high standards; so when he gave you an “atta girl”, boy did that feel good! Though Hilly was my boss, he soon became a friend. He had a wonderful sense of humour and we shared a lot of laughs. He “got” me, and I never had to edit myself around him. When I needed to vent, he listened and counselled me. When I was upset or hurting, he was supportive and cheered me. When I was feeling devious, he welcomed me into his office for a good gossip session!! He was most always playful and jovial - always appreciated and accepted any treats or goodies offered to him (salty or sweet - either was welcome!) Hilly wore his heart on his sleeve... he loved fishing, his giant Dallas Cowboys flag hung on his office wall, and his desk housed pictures of his family, whom he loved so greatly. When I lost my Dad, he was generous with his compassion and kindness. I am proud to have earned Hilly’s friendship. His greeting of “Hey, Kelly Girl!” accompanied with his big smile set the tone of my interactions with him - fun, free and engaging. I’m blessed to have known Hilly. He is someone I’ll always look up to, and I will never forget what he’s done to enhance my life. My deepest condolences go to Sue, Diane, Michelle and all of Hilly’s family for their incredible loss. - Posted by: Kelly Graham Lloyd (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

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