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Bruce Gus Hillstrom


Bruce Gus Hillstrom

It was a beautiful sunny day on February 8, 2024, when Bruce G. Hillstrom Sr. peacefully passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Charlottetown PEI at the age of 92.

 Born in Michipicoten, Ontario on October 25, 1931, he later moved to Sault Ste. Marie before joining the Royal Canadian Navy. His service took him to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he met the love of his life, Loretta Trainor, whom he later married and settled with, in Charlottetown, PEI. Together, they ran Royalty Maples while raising their three children; opening their home and hearts to travellers from all over.

 In retirement, Bruce discovered his love for sailing and boat building - building and restoring over 10 vessels. Becoming a true fixture at the Charlottetown Yacht Club, he shared his help and knowledge with anyone who needed it. A long-time member of The Knights of Columbus, the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, he was a dedicated and valued member of the community. He was honoured with the naming of a street in West Royalty, Hillstrom Avenue. He was kind and cheerful to anyone he met, always making a point to say hello and check in on those around him. He lived a full and wonderful life and will be greatly missed.

 Bruce will always be remembered by his three loving children, Valerie MacDougall (Tom), Colleen Gilchrist (Bill), and Gus Hillstrom; his seven grandchildren, who knew him as "Poppy", Jennifer, Christopher, Alexander Dallas, Kevin, Scott, Neil, and Avery; and three great-grandchildren, Wesley, Everett and Emerson; and his brother, Ken (Anne) Hillstrom. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Loretta; his parents, Gus and Ann Hillstrom; and siblings, Don, Jim, and Pat.

 Visitation will be Wednesday, February 14th from 4-7 PM at the Hennessy Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home.

 Funeral services will be Thursday, February 15th at 11 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish Church in Cornwall, with Father Peter officiating.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences can be made through

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Service Date
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Service Time
11:00 a.m.
Service Location
St. Francis of Assisi, Cornwall

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Visitation Time
4-7 p.m.
Visitation Location
Funeral Home

Burial Time
Burial Location
Roman Catholic Cemetery, Charlottetown

Requested Charity
QEH Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation (PEI)