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February 23, 2006

Maj. R.C. Hilborn (ret.)

Richard "Dick" Hilborn, former 2IC of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, died on Tuesday Feb. 21 in Waterloo, Ont. of a heart attack.

Maj. Hilborn was the last surviving officer of 1 Can Para who participated in all of the famed regiment's exploits during WWII. Maj. Hilborn received a field promotion to 2IC after the death of CO Col. Jeff Nicklin during the Rhine drop in March 1945 at the same time Col. Fraser Eadie assumed command. Col. Eadie died in August, 2003.

Maj. Hilborn remained active in the Association up to the time of his death. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday March 1 at St. John's Anglican Church in Cambridge, Ont.

As expressions of sympathy, the family asks that donations be made instead to The War Amps of Canada, 1 Maybrook Dr., Scarborough, Ont. M1V 5K9

Tributes may be made online at

Posted by Rob at February 23, 2006 09:17 AM