Bradley Hansen Hill|
April 24, 1956 - May 18, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz
Bradley "Brad" Hill was born in Billings, Montana, on April 24, 1956. He graduated in 1974 from Leigh High School in Los Gatos, California, and immediately relocated to Santa Cruz to pursue his love of the ocean and passion for sailing and surfing. He earned his AA at Cabrillo College and studied at San Jose State College. Soon thereafter he became a painting contractor, establishing his own successful business, Shoreline Painting. In 1998, Brad joined Cabrillo College's staff as their lead painting technician.
To say Brad was an avid outdoorsman is an understatement. He reveled in fishing, sailing, surfing, camping, baseball, skiing and gardening. He was an enthusiastic cook as well, bringing family and friends together for stories, laughter and good times. Brad volunteered as a coach for Santa Cruz Little League for years, inspiring his young teams to give their best.
Overarching all of Brad's passions and interests, though, was his immeasurable love of family. He was an exemplary father and husband, son and brother. His heart was open and generous; his vivacity and kindheartedness will carry on in all who were touched by Brad.
With his beloved family close by his side, Brad passed away on May 18, 2013, from complications related to a recent illness. Keeping his spirit alive are his wife, Kim, his sons Braden (16) and Trevor (10), brothers Greg and Jeff Hill and their families, his mother, Wanda
Hawthorne and many nieces and nephews. Brad will be missed immensely.
All friends are welcome to join the family in a Celebration of Brad's Life on Sunday, June 9, from 2:00-6:00 PM, at 554 Meder Street in Santa Cruz. Please view the Facebook group, "In Memory of Brad Hill," that has been established to collect photographs of Brad's life with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, a college trust fund has been designated to benefit Braden and Trevor. Contributions can be sent to Union Bank at 601 Bay Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010. Please include Account No. 0033344268 and make checks payable to "Kim Hill, Trustee".
Aloha to Brad as his boat sets sail and heads for the horizon.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 30, 2013