On September 18, 2005 my Dad's Dad (Harry Hillard) passed away to be in heaven with his wife, Alice, of 61 years. He died at home as was his wish after a week of care by his son Dale (for which we are deeply grateful). Up until that point he was amazingly independent for his 88 years, living by himself for the last 3 years. A memorial graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2005 in Sacramento. My parents are traveling to Sacramento for a 2 week visit from Togo via Accra, Amsterdam and Minneapolis arriving on Wednesday evening.
From the newspaper "In Sacramento September 20, 2005. Preceded in death by his loving wife Alice Hillard of 61 years. Father of Dale Hillard of Salinas and Wayne Hillard and his wife Cate of Togo, West Africa. Grandfather of Erik Hillard of Los Angeles, Ailis Hillard of Sacramento, Dustin Hillard of Washington and Claire Matney of Arizona. Son of the late Frank and Katherine Hillard of Sacramento. Brother of the late Cecelia Minard and her husband Charles, the late Ann Inman and the late Florence Nelson and her husband Harry. A native of Sacramento, aged 88 years. He retired form the State of California Printing Office as an offset printing pressman after 35 years. A graduate of Sacramento High School in 1935. Since it's inception he has been a volunteer for the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Friends are respectfully invited to a graveside memorial service at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Blvd., on Sunday, September 25th, 2005, at 2:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817 or the favorite charity of the donor's choice."