ROBERT A. HILL

HILL--Robert Anthony. 31 December 1927 - 11 June 2013. Beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend. Bob spent his final weekend as he did countless others, laughing, dining out and engulfed in love by his large family before passing peacefully the following Tuesday. Bob was raised in Washington Heights, NY and discovered a passion for the stage at a young age. Upon discharge from the US Navy, Bob studied acting in NYC earning a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Returning to New York, Bob performed many of the classics in regional theatre eventually reaching the Broadway stage working alongside Orson Welles in the 1956 production of King Lear. He also succeeded in the comedy genre on a full summer stock tour with Groucho Marx. He gained critical acclaim in a regional production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Bob married his adoring wife Marcia in 1962 and raised their six children on Long Island. He founded Hedgerow House in 1976, a preeminent publisher of American Folk Art. Semi-retiring to Boca West Country Club in 1989, he enjoyed golf, tennis, good friends and many memorable visits from his growing family. Bob lost his loving wife of 43 years on December 11, 2004. A true gentleman, Bob graced us with his charm and vibrancy; given the gift of laughter he was the life of any gathering with his rich, engaging stories. He displayed a youthful exuberance, even in his final days -often playing on the floor with his grandchildren. Whoever came into his orbit walked away with more, such was his seductive and sunny persona. He bestowed many gifts to his children and grandchildren with his love, kindness, warmth, charisma and enthusiasm for life. Robert is survived by his devoted wife Maxyne, his children Mardi, Karen (Chris), Wendy (Howie), Gina, Bobby (Katie), and Gary (Amy), his grandchildren, Gavin, Lauren, Sophia, Michael, Emma, Megan, Aidan, Brigid, Dylan, Donovan and Daniella, his loving brother Donald, sister-in-law Rosemary, three nieces and one nephew. Dear brother of the late Joseph Hill and brother-in-law to the late Lillian Hill. We will hold you in our hearts forever. There was no one like you, Dad. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton.


Published in The New York Times on June 23, 2013