Mr. David ‘Dave’ Michael Francis Hillman

Mr. David ‘Dave’ Michael Francis Hillman

March 10, 1962 – Chatham, ON
January 12, 2024 – Calgary, AB

Dave’s love & humor spanned from Ontario to Alberta.
Dave, born in Chatham, Ontario, was welcomed into the loving embrace of parents Marion and Ray. Growing up with two sisters and three brothers. Being the baby of the family he was affectionately referred to as ‘Little Fella’. He moved to Calgary, where he met Diane and married in 1984. Their union was blessed with three daughters – Michelle, Melissa, and Amanda – and together, they built a life full of shared joys and enduring love. Dave’s journey, from Chatham to Calgary, leaves a legacy of laughter and happy memories.

Life’s brighter with dad jokes, the unsung heroes of humour.
Dave’s spirit was a delightful blend of humor, kindness, and a repertoire of classic dad jokes. With a goofy charm, he had a knack for delivering quips that never failed to make people laugh. His warmth extended beyond laughter; he was exceptionally kind and empathetic, leaving an indelible mark on those lucky enough to share in his joyful presence.

Hard work & creativity were his Legacy.
He was an industrious and hands-on individual, who derived joy from diverse home projects, crafting everything from outdoor cat condos to custom Catan game sets. His unwavering commitment to enhancing his home created an inviting space for his family. Additionally, under the alias ‘Super Dave Postal,’ he passionately crafted computer games within Subspace Continuum. The countless hours of joy derived from playing Catan and his unique computer games left a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to experience his creative endeavors.

The road less traveled is paved with curiosity.
He was a lifelong learner with a passion for science, history, and space. His curiosity led him to immerse himself in podcasts and documentaries. His love for exploration extended to the open road, where he embarked on unforgettable road trips in his dream car, a Tesla, weaving through the landscapes of Montana, Nevada, and the awe-inspiring beauty of Yellowstone.

Alongside his earthly adventures, Dave’s fascination with space and SpaceX reflected his appreciation for the infinite possibilities of the universe. His legacy lives on in the stars he gazed upon and the knowledge he shared with those lucky enough to be touched by his inquisitive spirit.

The most indispensable ingredient of all good cooking: love for those you are cooking for.
Dave was a culinary enthusiast whose passion for food was a source of joy for our family. His love for cooking turned ordinary meals into delightful experiences, and his imprint endures in the delicious memories we shared around the dinner table—a testament to the warmth and love he brought to every meal.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
In the twilight of his life, Dave expressed profound contentment. He found joy in his fulfilling job, creating his dream house, and spending time with his wife of 40 years, kids, and beloved pets. All happy marriages, he mused before his passing, end this way—with one partner passing before the other. He concluded his life with gratitude, affirming that he had lived a truly good life.