John Hillman, B.C. veteran who raised funds and spirits during pandemic, dead at 105 | CBC News – Daily Frontline

John Hillman, B.C. veteran who raised funds and spirits during pandemic, dead at 105 | CBC News
– Daily Frontline

Second World War veteran John Hillman, who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity in the last years of his life, died Monday at the age of 105.

In 2020, Hillman gained widespread attention for his fundraising efforts for Save the Children Canada’s COVID relief fund, raising $169,000 while walking around the courtyard of his Oak Bay retirement home.

Save the Children Canada says Hillman’s annual walkabouts raised more than $440,000, and the charity’s president Danny Glenwright says Hillman remains an inspiration for his commitment to help children affected by war, conflict and climate change.

Glenwright says he first met Hillman in 2022 and was struck by his sharp mind at such an advanced age, concluding Hillman was not a “typical centenarian.”

A Facebook post from Carlton House retirement home said that Hillman passed away on Monday.

“He had an incredible life, in service of others, and being able to help him with that was truly the honour of a lifetime,” the post read.

Hillman’s charity walks, beginning when he turned 101, saw the veteran pushing his walker around the courtyard of his retirement home, one lap for each year of his life.

WATCH | Hillman’s fundraising efforts in 2020:

B.C. centenarian pledges to do 101 laps for charity

Inspired by Capt. Tom Moore in the U.K., John Hillman,101, is doing laps around the courtyard at his Oak Bay retirement residence to raise money for Save the Children.

Glenright says Hillman was focused on making each year “bigger than ever” to raise awareness and more funds for children suffering throughout the world, and he cherished video messages the charity shared with him from children who benefited from his fundraising efforts.

“He just really seemed like he was going to go on forever, so we were surprised and shocked and, and saddened by the news,” Glenright said. “John was just such an incredible champion of our work at Save the Children and of children around the world, especially children in crisis.”

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