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Hilyard Garfield Rossiter


Hilyard Garfield Rossiter

Hilyard Rossiter, 79, of Alma, passed away peacefully at his home on May 1st, 2022. 

Hilyard was born in Hastings on April 28th, 1943, the son of the late Gordon and Irene (Bernier) Rossiter.    
Hilyard worked for Transport Canada for over 35 years, he worked in Saint John, Newfoundland and last in Moncton before his retirement.  After his retirement he moved back to the Village of Alma where he loved.  He became a dedicated member of the community,  he was on the Recreation Council, Village Council and also served as Mayor of Alma for a time.   He was actively involved with the Fundy Trail and was on the Moncton Town Planning Commission. 
Hilyard and his wife, Vivian, had an open door policy and loved to entertain their family and friends.  Many nights were spent around the kitchen table with guitars singing tunes, most often their own version being sung.    He and his friends loved spending time at his camp and he had many fond memories with all his buddies.  Being outdoors in nature was his happy place, he was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing.  He had a great sense of humour and always wanted to have fun, He had many stories to tell and was known to be an instigator at times. He would want everyone to have a laugh as you remember all the good times. 
It is hard for those who are left behind but we have to remember Hilyard was blessed as he always said he wanted to go peacefully in his sleep.  He is now reunited with all his family who have gone before him.  "Whoever you hold in the heart of you, is forever and always a part of you." 
He will be deeply missed by his children, Peter Rossiter and David Rossiter (Linda), both of Alma, Darren Rossiter of BC, Patricia Rossiter of Moncton, and Vernon Rossiter (Rhonda) of Alma;  step-children Troy Milton (Julie) of Saint John, Jeff Milton (Tammy) of Riverview and Tanya Melanson (Andrew) of Riverview; by his treasured 18 grandchildren and his precious great grandchildren; his partner Kathy Mulligan of PEI;  his sister; Doreen Steeves of Hillsborough; by his brothers, Malcolm Rossiter (Ruth) of Salem, John Rossiter (Bettyanne) of Riverview, Milburn Rossiter (Brenda) of South Branch,  Roy Rossiter of Moncton, Earl Rossiter (Monica) of Riverside-Albert and Eric Rossiter (Marla) of Alma; brother-in-law, Terry Way of Alma; sisters-in-law, Gwen Crossman of Riverview, Gail Woodworth (Donald) of Riverview and Sandra Parker (Edward) of Weldon.  He will also be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews and by all his extended family and close friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Vivian Rossiter; sisters, Gertrude Rossiter, Irene Way, Carol Nelson (Herbert), Jean Taylor;  brother-in-law, James Steeves and granddaughter, Karen Clark.
He will be resting at the Albert County Funeral Home with visitation on Thursday evening from 6-8pm.   The funeral service will be held at the Albert County Funeral Home on Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 2:00pm with Rev. Peggy Reid officiating.  Interment will be held in the Alma United Cemetery, Alma, NB.  Following the service the family invites you to join them for a time of sharing memories and for refreshments at the Alma Activity Centre.
In memory of Hilyard, donations to the Alma Volunteer Fire Department and Alma United Cemetery would be greatly appreciated by the family. 
Arrangements are in the care of the Albert County Funeral Home, 
4130 Route 114, Hopewell Cape, NB  E4H-3K2  734-2780
The family of the late Hilyard Garfield Rossiter would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who sent cards, e-mails, on-line condolences, flowers, phone calls, messages, food and had us in their thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Special thanks to Rev. Peggy Reid for the words of comfort and the tribute to dad, the service was wonderful; to his good friend, Gary Turpin for doing the Eulogy, it was great and he would have loved the stories you told; to Pat Tower for singing "I Did It My Way" and "Hard To Be Humble" which was exactly what dad would have wanted, it was so nice that his good friend could honour him in that way; To the Alma and Riverside-Albert Volunteer Fire Department who formed a guard of honour, he would be truly humbled by this. He also would have loved the fact that his boys, grandsons and good friend Pat (who was like a son) carried his casket to his final resting place and grandchildren, Kristi and Tyson carried his flowers. Also special thanks to Lisa and Casey of the Albert County Funeral Home for all you do, it is greatly appreciated. All the support and kindness shown will never be forgotten. He will live on in our hearts forever and he really is only a smile a way as we think of him.
Peter, David, Darren, Patricia, Vernon, Troy, Jeff, Tanya & families
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Service Date
Friday, May 6, 2022
Service Time
Service Location
Albert County Funeral Home

Thursday evening, May 5, 2022
Visitation Time
Visitation Location
Albert County Funeral Home

Burial Location
Alma United Cemetery, Alma, NB

Requested Charity
Donations to the Alma Volunteer Fire Department or Alma United Cemetery would be appreciated