Richard Thomas Hill passed on March 18, 2010 after a short battle with lung cancer. Richard was born on April 13, 1934, to Crawford C. and Elizabeth C. Hill in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Redwood City as a young man and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1952. He married Joan M. Hill on January 20, 1955 and after serving in the army, graduated from San Jose State College in 1964.
Dick and Joan settled in San Jose, where they raised three children. Dick worked for General Electric’s Nuclear Division for 29 years. After retirement, the Hills moved to Gilroy where they currently reside. Dick was active in his community, church, and the lives of his grandchildren as well as belonging to SIRS Branch 141 and G.E. Elfun Society. He is survived by his wife Joan, children David (Tracey) and Rachel (Robin) of Gilroy, and Trish (Mark) Stokes of Meridian, ID and was affectionately called “Papa” by his ten grandchildren. Dick also leaves behind two brothers, James (Dawn) Hill of Los Altos Hills and Timothy Hill of Tavares, FL.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 11 First Street, Gilroy, CA followed by burial at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Habing Family Funeral Home, Gilroy, CA. Condolences and information at habingfamilyfuneralhome.com