2990 Church St., South Mountain, ON

Bertha Maud Hillier Nee Fudge July 27, 1929 - February 27, 2014

Born in Howley, NFLD to Phoebe (nee Cooper) and Charles Fudge. Died in Ottawa due to complications from kidney disease. Bertha was a most loving and caring, mother, sister, friend, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother and is loved by all those who knew her and were fortunate to meet her. She will be dearly missed by her eight surviving children; Larry (Karen) David (Sandy), Linda (Rob), Bob (Patti), Roger (Bev), Randy (Jane), Mark, Wendy (Peter) 16 grand children and 3 great grand children, along with her sisters Marion Flynn (Cyril) and Edith Mayo (Jim). Bertha had a wealth of close friends and her extended family throughout Newfoundland and from sea to sea. Mum was predeceased by her former husband Ross, daughter Arlene, an infant daughter, her brother Robert and sister Marie.

Bertha left her hometown of Corner Brook, NFLD in the year of Confederation at 19 to follow her sweetheart, Ross, to Toronto. They were married in College St. United Church and began what was to become a large family, starting with triplets. They eventually moved to Ottawa, where, together they built and ran a prosperous TV business for over 30 years. During that time they travelled to far flung locales, hosted parties and welcomed family from near and far into their home. However, her love for her children, friends and her Newfoundland roots were always most dear and precious.

In her later years Bertha embraced life to the fullest volunteering for the Kidney foundation, attending aqua fitness at the West End Y, Morning Break, and gaining many new friends at Unitarian House. A very special thanks to Dr. Zimmerman, Heddy and all the staff at the Home-dialysis unit at the Riverside Hospital.


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A service to celebrate Bertha's life will be held at The Unitarian Chapel, 30 Cleary Ave. Ottawa on Monday March 3 2014 at 1:00 p:m, reception to follow. Donations can be made in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted with Byers Funeral Home South Mountain On.


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    Hector Macmillan says
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    Robert and Christina Deshaies says

    Christina and I are deeply saddened by the news about the death of Bertha Maud Hillier. We are very sorry. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

    Laos Deo.

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    Margaret Warner says

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. I always loved when she came to visit Julie’s family when we were kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Ray and Lin Moyer says

    Randy ,Jane and family Thinking of you at this time. sorry for your loss

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    Holly Reid says

    To Aunt Bertha’s family – I would like you to know that, even though, I had not seen Aunt Bertha in a lot of years, I will always have fond memories of her. I remember, as a young girl, waiting for your family visits to Newfoundland. The expectation was always meet with kind deeds from your Mother and Father. They treated us to family gatherings with wonderful food and treats. Aunt Bertha’s soft spoken and kind words always made me, as a child, feel comfortable and welcome and those memories will stay with me. I extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to your family.

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    Michael Hoope says

    This is a time to reflect on the past and those memories will be with you forever. Wishing all of you the very best during these difficult days.

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    Cynthia Hooper says

    My deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to the Hillier family. My memories of Bertha go back to elementary school days when I would venture over to visit Arlene and her siblings. Oh, such fun and utter chaos! Bertha always had a big smile, was most welcoming and down-to-earth. I shall miss her.

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    judy Oram (Fudge) says

    Sincere sympathy on the loss of a wonderful lady, Bertha. Aunt Bertha was always full of life and enjoyed by all. Her love of life was infectious! I hope her memory lives on in all of us.

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    Ron and Ellen Dangerfield says

    our Sympathy to Randy and the Hillier all the Famiy

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    Ann Mayo says

    Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Aunt Bertha. She was such a positive person. From when I was little I remember when she would visit and could encourage my Mom to relax in the backyard with her like no one else. She was such a great, happy influence. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies.

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    ed mayo, edith mayo and jim mayo and families says

    Thank you for all the good times we had and your advise and caring over the years. I hope your last days were not to trying and may you rest in peace. Till we meet again… .

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