Emerson Hillis died on May 11, 2003 at Dundas Manor in Winchester. He was 86.
He was born on Jan. 14, 1917 near Chesterville. He spent most of his life farming on the family farm near Morewood. In 1971, he married Agnes Addison (Little) and moved to Ottawa. After her death, he married Marjorie Keir (Ball) who predeceased him.
Even with his limited sight, he had a great love of music. He played the violin in a local band for many years at house parties and wedding receptions. While in Ottawa at Billings Lodge, he entertained the residents with his music. When he moved to Dundas Manor in August 2001, he continued to play and entertain.
He is survived by his brother Kenneth (Rietta) of Morewood and sister-in-law Sue Hillis of Bellville. He was predeceased by brothers Bob, Milton and Harold, and sister-in-law Mildred (McLaughlin).
He is survived by step-daughters Mary Edwards of Ottawa, Ruth Steele of Whitby and Alice Brunshaw of Smiths Falls. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at the Hulse, Playfair and McGarry funeral home in Ottawa, and at Morewood Presbyterian Church on May 14. The funeral followed with Rev. Bert de Bruijn officiating. Interment was in the Presbyterian cemetery at Morewood.
Pallbearers were nephews Greg Hillis, Blair Hillis, Joey Hillis, Donnie Hillis, Dean Hillis and Rick Haas. A reception after the funeral was held in the Presbyterian Hall in Morewood. Memorial donations were given to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.