Hilary Edwards

Hilary Edwards

Tuesday, March 19th, 1963 Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

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Obituary for Hilary Anne Edwards (Duff)

Hilary Anne Edwards (nee Duff), aged 56, passed away on Nov. 13th, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Throughout her year-long struggle with cancer, Hilary maintained a remarkably positive spirit and unfaltering resilience. The courage and grace with which she faced her illness were characteristic of her strength and beauty in life. She died peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family.

Hilary was born to parents Jacqueline Frances Duff (nee Edwards) and Ian Leiper Duff in Northern Rhodesia (Kitwe) on March 19, 1963. She is survived by her loving parents, her sister Glenda, her brother Graham, her nephew Eric and her niece Jamie. Hilary spent the last years of her life living in the spectacular setting on Burnaby Mountain outside of Vancouver, BC, where she enjoyed panoramic views of the North Shore mountains and the beautiful Burrard Inlet. She loved sharing this backdrop while hosting elaborate gatherings of family and friends.

Among Hilary's myriad accomplishments, includes achieving her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, and an MBA from Queen’s University, and later her Masters in Counselling from City University of Seattle. She held several senior level management positions in global financial and marketing firms throughout her successful business career. Following her tenure in the business sector, Hilary became a psychotherapist and found great satisfaction in her role as counsellor. Her career choices were largely shaped by her strong desire to help others, which ultimately led to opening her own private counselling practice in 2015. She had a generous spirit and derived enormous pleasure from knowing her efforts made a difference in helping others.

Hilary had an enduring love of animals, especially her two cats Jasmine and Luka, and fostered a great love of the outdoors; she was an avid kayaker, hiker, camper and, more recently, cross-country skier.

Hilary’s loving spirit, gentle nature and warm smile will be missed by many and her memory will remain in our hearts forever.

Both Hilary and Phil, the love of her life, are now able to join together again in the warmth of each other and their invincible summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Hilary Anne can be made toCapitol Hill Animal Hospital
( | 5514 East Hastings St, Burnaby, BC 604-299-3395)
or Vancouver General Hospital ((604) 875-4676 or

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Condolences alone are insufficient, it feels, for heartfelt sadness is indeed too strong. As a colleague and friend, I always spoke of Hilary with admiration and great respect and remember our time together as though it were just yesterday. Times I will always and forever cherish. As I do her laughter; with heart and depth, we shared many and I learned so much from this beautiful soul, woman, and friend. She is with love, in love, surrounded and remembered by the same. God bless you, my dear friend, and your beautiful family.
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Good bye, dearest H.  I will always cherish our friendship and the time that we shared.  We spoke of this day once, long ago, and I am heartened to learn that you faced it surrounded by love and with a lion heart.  I am so very proud of you.  Enjoy paradise and give Phil a big hug from me.  May the wind be always at your backs, may God hold you both in the palm of His hand :)
Comment | Posted at 04:22am via Condolence

D McCracken

I had the pleasure of meeting Hilary when she was a counselling practicum student at my former workplace. She touched me in a way other students hadn’t, with her kindness and gentle spirit. I have thought about her over the years and am so saddened to hear of her passing. The counselling field and world in general has lost a wonderful soul in Hilarys passing. My condolences to all her loved ones. She was a special person.
Comment | Posted at 08:10pm via Condolence

Richard Tatomir

I myself am a couples therapist. Hilary was my wife and I’s couples therapist. She was a model of what a good couples therapist and human being should be, never taking sides, striving to see our care for each other behind our disagreements. Hilary helped us get skills to better understand each other during a particularly stressful time while we were engaged. We are very happily married and still have her framework on our fridge to deal with conflicts.
Comment | Posted at 12:02pm via Condolence

Janine Gliener

My connection with Hilary was quite distant and short, yet she stood out for me as someone with the imagination and courage to be proactive and live the life she wanted. We worked briefly in the same marketing group at a large financial institution in Toronto. I watched with admiration, as she left her sweet home here to take on Vancouver (and real estate prices, even then!), B.C. living and eventually transition out of business into something more personally enriching. I'm so sorry to read of her death and I send my condolences to her family and friends.
Janine Gliener
Comment | Posted at 03:18pm via Condolence

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