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Edward Arnold Hilton was born April 11, 1938, in Portland to Doris Troxel Hilton and Frank Edward Hilton.
Ed spent most of his life in Canby. He was a Navy man.
Ed was a licensed pilot for ultra-lite planes, and owned two of them.
Ed was an expert machinist in Canby, and in 1987, a couple came over from England to have him build a new and different kind of grass mower for their golf course. Ed went to his drafting table, working many nights in a row, then went to the machine shop, building each and every part for the lawn mower — he finished it. They were so proud of that machine. Ed did take after his dad, who invented the twist ties.
Ed moved to Burns in 1993, with his former wife, Shirley. They opened Neil’s Tavern in Hines, and the name was later changed to The Black Bull.
Ed loved playing pool and shuffleboard. He was rarely beaten. Ed loved the water and always had one or two boats.
Down through the years, he made many longtime friends.
A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Morgan’s. It will be potluck.