It was a heck of a day. Gorgeous (summer?!) weather packaging a raft of tough things. One of my roomie’s dogs was hit by a car and killed yesterday (flashback 🙁 city), and a deaf man who was a total character also died over the weekend. I’ll miss John‘s sense of humor, not only was he a tease, but he could do it with such a straight face you’d think you’d really messed up. I put one or two over on him, too, but I’m sure if we’d kept score he won. 🙂
Death is hard though, both the actual and symbolic kinds.
John’s obituary will only be online for 90 days, so I’ve copied and pasted thing whole thing here:
BRATTLEBORO — John Roland Hillman, 79, died Saturday Oct. 29, 2005 at the Eden Park Nursing Home following a long illness.
He was born in Colrain Mass., on Dec. 20, 1926, the son of John Hillman and Florence Newton. He grew up in Heath, Mass., and graduated from the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass., and the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn.
He worked briefly at the Austine School and then worked at the Brattleboro Book Binding Co., for 34 years, which he retired from.
In May of 1954 he married Rebecca Moody.
His hobbies included taking long auto trips, traveling to Florida and socializing with his many deaf friends.
Mr. Gillman is survived by his companion, Carol Sue Powers; two brothers, Smead Hillman of Heath and Russell Hillman of Turners Falls, Mass.; four sisters, Bessie Sessions of Agawam Mass., Eunice Terrill of Shelburne Falls Mass., Hazel Wilson of Charlemont, Mass., and Flora Spencer of Newport Fla.
He was predeceased by his wife Rebecca in 1993; his brother, Donald; and his sister, Ellen.
Services for Mr. Hillman will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home. There will be calling hours for one hour prior to the service, with a burial to follow at Morningside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Arrangements are under the care of KER WESTERLUND FUNERAL HOME.
Published in the Brattleboro Reformer on 10/31/2005.