David Claire Hill
March 26, 1948 – April 18, 2011
My eulogy for David C. Hill:
Somewhere David is walking.
He’s feeling good.
Better than ever.
The sun is shining down – it’s a beautiful day.
There is no pain, only rejoicing.
People gather around –
comrades and friends,
He’s filled with joy, not sadness for those left behind –
he knows we’ll be along shortly
and together again
David gathered all the titles a man accrues from a well-lived life: first he was son and brother, then uncle, then husband and father, then grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a steadfast friend and upright citizen. When his country called he answered and served willingly, bringing honor to himself and his family. As a firefighter he put himself in harms way to save his fellow citizens. He never stepped back. Thank you David. Thank you.
He was a literal pillar of the community, always leaning into the task, always giving more, always lending a hand, supporting the people around him in every way he could.
He was my brother-in-law by marriage to my sister Bonita, whom I know he felt aptly named. He was loving father to Deana Jo, father in law to Philip and proud grandfather to Alicia. I’m proud to say he was part of my family.
His thread is woven through the fabric of all our lives, a distinct and vivid line that shines out clearly, combining with and adding its color to ours. His thread was strong and resilient, strained by adventure, frayed by injury and finally, broken by illness.
I find great peace in the Latin saying:
non omnis moriar (not all of me will die)
for every time we remember him,
his indomitable will,
his boundless energy
his loving heart,
– in those moments he still lives.
See you soon Dave.
My sister Georgia Leslie “Missy” Wray’s Eulogy for David Claire Hill
Have any of you ever wondered how Dave ended up in Wyoming?
Well, each and every one of you have me to thank for that because had he not drove me out to be with my parents who had moved to Boulder my senior year of high school you would not have had the pleasure and the honor of knowing the man who I will call my brother in law until the day I myself pass.
My parents, Dave’s in-laws, were moving to Boulder and I wanted to stay in Pennsylvania to finish my senior year in high school so I could graduate with my friends.
Dave went to my dad and told him let her stay with us then when she graduates we will drive her Boulder. Myself, Dave, my sister and Deana Jo who was just a baby drove across country in Dave’s 1973 bright yellow jeep.
What a trip, but we had a blast.
Deana Jo, you spent most of the time in the tiny back part of that jeep with Aunt Missy.
Dave loved it in Colorado hence the move to Boulder then later to Wyoming. Even though Dave and I had not had contact in a lot of years he always remained close to my heart.
My parents are buried in Apollo, Pennsylvania and to get there when I visit them at the cemetery I pass the road where all those years ago we started out on that long trip so Dave could fulfill his promise to my parents.
Growing up as a teenager and having Dave as my brother in law was like having another brother. He would always let me tag along for 4 wheeling, bow and arrow shooting, shooting the guns, sled riding, bowling all night on Fridays at Lee’s Lanes in Leechburg and he was always there after I got off work so I didnt have to walk home to where we lived.
All these years he has stayed in my heart and I will miss him but I also know that he is in heaven with my parents and when my time comes I’ll meet my brother in law and get to thank him for watching over me when my parents couldnt.
Rest in peace Dave.
Love, Missy – always your sister in law in my heart.