Thomas Hillier (1944 - 2016)

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Thomas Frank Hillier
September 1, 1944 ~ May 2, 2016
Thomas Frank Hillier fell asleep peacefully at home, May 2, 2016 surrounded by his devoted family. Tom was born in Modesto, September 1, 1944 and lived here most of his life. The son of Frank and Patricia Hillier. His father served his country in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps. This would influence Tom's lifelong passion for flying. During these early years of Tom's life he was lovingly cared for by his mother Patricia and his grandparents Hollis and Nellie Gaultney. He completed his first 12 years of education in Modesto and went on to get his business degree at Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. It was here he met Marjory Dunscombe who later became his wife.
Tom was anxious to pursue his business career but Uncle Sam had other plans for him. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and spent the next year in Vietnam after training. In 1975 he was able to realize his dream to get in the automobile business and purchased the Ford Dealership in Escalon.
After obtaining their business degrees, sons Todd and David joined their dad at the dealership. These years working with his sons were the happiest of times for Tom.
Tom was known as a loving and kind man who thought before he spoke. Each of his words had meaning and purpose, a trait his family always will strive to emulate. He was adored by his family and respected by all. His honesty and high values in life were part of how he lived his everyday. A prince of a man to the end.
Tom is survived by his wife Marjory and two sons Todd and David, and daughter-in-law Carrie. Three grandchildren, Tatum, Blake and Gavin. Tom leaves his family with a sense of peace and acceptance as he faced death. A faith that will long inspire his family.
His legacy will live on in his children and grandchildren.
Public visitation will be held at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 12 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 419 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Funeral service will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.
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Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel Inc
419 Scenic Dr
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 523-5646
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Published in the Modesto Bee from May 10 to May 11, 2016
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