Patricia Hilts

1941 - 2020

Patricia “Pat” Anne Hilts (nee North) - of Sauble Beach passed away peacefully Tuesday November 10, 2020 at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound. Pat, in her 80th year, is survived by her loving son, Rodney Noel Hilts of Georgian Bluffs and will be missed by her favourite grand dog Bailey. She is also survived by her treasured sister, Mrs. Yvonne Morton of Georgian Bluffs and many nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Cindy Johnstone and her spouse Murray Blue of Gould Lake. She will be missed by great nephews Derek and Dylan Johnstone. She is also survived by niece Sharon Elliott of Toronto and nephews Dale and Mike Morton of Hepworth. She enjoyed working with Dale and Mike and their father Bill during her time as bookkeeper at Penn Automotive during her retirement years. She is predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Bella North of Sauble Beach, sisters June Hobson and Dorothy McGuire of Toronto and brother Gord North of Pinkerton. Pat had a very successful career in retail and was one of the youngest female general managers of Simpson-Sears in Canada. She managed the Owen Sound store in the 70s and 80s. She was promoted to the Niagara Falls Sears store in a bid to slow down the cross-border shopping war. Special thanks to Dr. David Diodati for his exceptional care and heartfelt compassion and the excellent, caring staff of nurses, cleaning and dietary staff at Wiarton Hospital. Thanks also to the tremendous, caring staff at Chapman House who made Pat’s final days warm and peaceful. She enjoyed the meals prepared with love. There will be no visitation or services at Pat’s request. Donations to Chapman’s House Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation and the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter in Pat’s memory are greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Condolences may be expressed online at

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