Frederick Albert Hill passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 2, 2011. He was 82.
Fred was the loving husband of 61 years of Norma (nee Hunt). He will be greatly missed by his children Paul (Rosemarie) and David, both of Morrisburg and Beverley (Gary Styba) of Markham. He was proud grandfather of Trevor, Travis, Emily, Zoe, Spencer Hill and Aaron and Michael Styba.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tara Hill, brother Denis and sisters Gwen Gordon and Vivian Nightingale.
Born in Limehouse, Ontario, on October 19, 1928, Fred was renowned for his work ethic, strong civic values and outgoing personality.
Determined to be his own boss, Fred worked in a variety of jobs that included getting his sheep-shearing license in Australia, digging out Hamilton Mountain, and assembling fighter jets at A.V. Roe in Milton before starting Kingston Dunbrik with his brother Denis and brother-in-law Allan Gordon in Kingston.
The brick manufacturing business brought Fred to Morrisburg in the mid-1950’s when the partners decided a second plant was needed to fill a growing demand for brick prompted by the St. Lawrence Seaway project.
After the sale of the brick business in 1963, Fred ventured into the insurance business before partnering with his brother Denis once again to purchase the mobile home park now known as Hill’s Mobile Village in 1966.
Never one to sit when he saw a need, Fred committed his spare time as Reeve and member of council for many years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He met the Queen, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony when the 401 opened at Morrisburg and drove the town’s first Zamboni from the train station to the arena.
He was instrumental in many projects around Morrisburg, taking particular pride in spearheading the rebuilding of the arena.
He was a member of the Morrisburg Lions Club and the Morrisburg Curling Club for many years.
In his later years, with sons Paul and David having taken the reins of his businesses, Fred and Norma spent much of their time travelling and socializing in their vintage GMC motor home. They wintered in Florida for many years and continued to make new friends.
Wherever they went, Fred was always quick to lend a hand.
At Fred’s request, there was no service or visitation. For those who wish to remember him, donations can be made to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Dundas County Food Bank. On line condolences may be offered at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com.