James Patrick (Toby) Hill
1954 - 2021
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James Patrick (Toby) Hill

Vero Beach - James Patrick (Toby) Hill, age 66 of Vero Beach, passed away peacefully surrounded by family

on January 16, 2021 following a brave battle against cancer.

Toby is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Elizabeth (Tuny); his son Christopher (Lyndal); grandsons Christian Barnette and baby James Patrick; brother Michael (Bonnie); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Adela and Guy Hill.

Toby was born on March 6, 1954 in Riverside, CA. He grew up in Orlando, FL where he graduated from Lyman High School. Toby's upbringing was centered around accountability, a heightened sense of responsibility, and genuine love of family. Growing up the Hill family often embarked on summer trips that were filled with laughter and lasting memories. Toby thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about his youth while amongst family and friends. Toby excelled in both athletic and academic forums which ultimately led to his acceptance into the University of Florida. His passion for the University of Florida was forever solidified during his years as a student. Dedicated to his studies, Toby's commitment to excellence culminated in graduating as a member of the Sigma Lambda Chi National Honorary Scholastic Construction Fraternity while earning his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida. He earned his degree in 1977 and later that same year became a Florida State Certified General Contractor. His life's work had begun.

Toby started his professional career in Orlando, FL. gaining invaluable experience with Tuttle/White Construction before moving to Vero Beach and joining William H. Hendrick & Son, a commercial construction firm. In 1984, at the age of 30, Toby made a career defining decision by forming his own company - The Hill Group. With his young family in tow while working out of a guest bedroom in the family home, Toby's self-belief and relentless pursuit of excellence was the foundation for things to come. His vision for The Hill Group was to employ the best craftsmen in the industry, set a new standard of excellence only achieved through hard work and attention to every detail. His signature statement, "Strong from Top to Bottom", was guided by a belief that it was important to instill professional integrity at all levels of a business in order to establish a sound, successful and thriving enterprise. Toby lived by these principles understanding without action words had no value. This recipe for success proved to be essential in building his reputation for producing high-end, custom homes at the highest level. Toby believed in and cared deeply for his employees, they were his extended family. Over the past 36 years, he tirelessly honed his craft, never allowing complacency to detour his desire to be the best.

Among Toby's dreams was to one day bring son Christopher into The Hill Group, form a partnership, and if earned, transition the business to him. This dream became a reality when Christopher joined the firm in 2014. Toby and Christopher relished working together and were truly blessed to enjoy so many father-son milestone moments for the firm. Toby was a mentor, leader, and example in its truest form for Christopher.

Toby's core values were entrenched in the understanding that true fulfillment was not based on business success. He believed giving back to the community and sharing his blessings was what showed true merit. Toby supported a long list of charities, including but not limited to, Alzheimer & Parkinson Association, American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, Education Foundation, Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, Hibiscus Children's Village, Humane Society, Indian River Land Trust, John's Island Community Service League, John's Island Foundation, Impact 100, and Quail Valley Charities. As part of his commitment Toby served on several boards. In 2006, the Indian River Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored The Hill Group as the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist, and in 2009, The Samaritan Center presented Toby and Tuny with the "Good Samaritan Award".

Outside of the office Toby was an avid outdoorsmen. He had some of his fondest memories surfing as a youngster, playing tennis, golf, and spearfishing with family and friends; and of course, hiking the Grand Tetons with his soulmate, Tuny. Whether it was driving his son all over the state on weekends to play in tennis tournaments, playing doubles with friends, or embarking on golf outings across the state/country/world; Toby had the innate ability to know when to turn on his fierce competitive nature and when to simply enjoy the moment for what it truly was…time with those he loved. His zeal for life also led him to being a willing participant in Tuny's many legendary costume parties. In true Toby fashion, he was always the most prepared to play his part, however, his quick wit and genuine enjoyment of the occasion is what will be remembered most. Toby was also a patriot. He deeply loved his country and was dedicated to upholding our country's core values of life, liberty, and justice. At his core he continued to believe God will always bless America.

Above all, Toby's heart and greatest achievement was his family. Whether it was wisping Tuny away on couple's retreats or surprising his son in England with Wimbledon tickets, Toby centered his life around his family. He unconditionally loved Tuny, the love of his life, whom he surprised with a vow renewal in 2018 in Jackson, Wyoming. He readily made personal sacrifices for the security and betterment of his family. Through times of sorrow, strife, and uncertainty he was always the rock on which the family held tight. There was no burden he would not bear. He was a proud husband, father, father in-law, and grandfather. Even when overwhelmed with pain, Toby found the strength to spend one last family Christmas together. His strength defined him. Although God called for him early, his unwavering faith in the Lord guided him home.

The family is grateful for the immeasurable amount of support, love and devotion poured out by extended family, friends, employees and the amazing VB medical community. A special thanks to our VNA Hospice Angels that cared for him as he started his new journey. You all have touched our hearts.

Services will be held at 10am on February 5th, 2021 at Holy Cross Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider donating to the following organizations in Toby's memory; VNA & Hospice Foundation or St. Jude's.

Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, FL.

A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com.






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Published in TC Palm from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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February 7, 2021
Our sympathies and thoughts go out to Tuny, Chris, the family and Hill Group team. The construction of our home was the first project where Chris had the lead and Toby was providing oversight. You could see Toby's pride in Chris and the respect/affection of Chris for his Father. Their collaboration produced a house that reflects care and craftmanship at the highest level. We are the beneficiaries of those efforts and appreciate what they accomplished together. We also appreciated the chance to get to know both of them and enjoy their company. Mike Senkowski and Nancy Victory
Mike Senkowski
Friend
February 5, 2021
My condolences to Toby's family. I worked for him a number of years ago. Gone way too soon!
Victor Bell
Coworker
February 5, 2021
Rest in Peace Toby!
My condolences to Tuny, Chris, and the rest of his family and friends. I enjoyed working for him; he was a good man and boss.
Brian Lenhart
Coworker
February 5, 2021
When I think of Toby, a gentle kind soul comes to mind. His presence was huge and his smile lit up a room. We have such fond memories back to Mira Flores with Chris and Jordan. We send our love and pray for healing of this tremendous void in your lives....his legacy lives on through all of you. Love to you, Tuny, Chris and family
Carol Franchini and Jordan Wolfe
Carol Franchini
Friend
February 5, 2021
So sad to lose Toby, an honorable man with a servant heart - always putting other before himself. Toby was one of a kind – all good. Katie & I are deeply grateful for years Toby shared his life with us. See you on the other side Pal. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Tuny, Christopher & family.
Bill Posey
Friend
February 5, 2021
You will be missed Toby. Best boss i ever had ;(
Noemi
February 5, 2021
I knew both Tuny and Toby before they knew each other. He and Mike rode from UF in my '67 VeeDub bus to go surfing at St. Augustine or Crescent Beach in the early 70's. Those will always be great memories.
B Wagner
February 5, 2021
We at Sewell Hardware send our thoughts and prayers to the Hill family, and the Hill Group family. It has been a privilege, and honor to work with Toby, and his whole company all of these years. If ever there was an example of how to lead by character, he exemplified that, and has left a lasting legacy.
Russ Minnocci
February 4, 2021
On behalf of my late father, Harold “Kit” KIttredge and I it is with great sadness to hear of Toby’s passing. Toby was great man and a true leader in the art of building the perfect home. My father and I always respected his knowledge on the job site. My father enjoyed sharing many memories of his “work family” while working with Toby. Toby was instrumental in helping me get into law enforcement 30 years ago and his recommendations truly benefited my career. I remember Toby always had a high bar of standard and expected nothing but the best while on the job. His leadership instilled my work ethic during my career. My utmost condolences to his family and friends. Toby will always be remembered as a great man.

Jeff KIttredge
Jeffrey Kittredge
February 4, 2021
We mourn the loss of Toby. We at Jackson Kirschner Architects cherish the time spent working with him over the past 20 years.
Andrew Kirschner
February 2, 2021
Dear Tuny and Chris, so very sad to learn of Toby’s passing. He was always kind and gave us a great smile. Prayers for peace and comfort for your family. Rick and Debbie Harrick
Rick and Debbie Harrick
February 1, 2021
Thought and Prayers to the Hill Family! Toby was truly one who led by example. Always motivating his team to push to do better than they might other wise do, striving for perfection. I have nothing but respect for him. I have nothing but fond memories of the almost 10 years spent working with him! RIP Toby
Pete Clements
Friend
January 31, 2021
Dear Tuny, Chris and Family,
We’re thinking about you during this difficult time. RIP Toby.
Ed & Nancy Mason
January 27, 2021
Tuny,
John and I were so sorry to read about Toby’s passing. What a wonderful man. He helped my grandson realize that he wanted to go to University of Fl and study engineering. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Love Dede and John
Dede Ashby
Friend
January 27, 2021
My father worked for Toby for the last years of his career. I always commended Toby for his great patience and understanding of grumpy old men. Toby was always there for my dad when he or our family needed it. I myself will always be grateful for his friendship with my dad and myself, especially after his passing when I needed some wise and comforting words from a friend who really knew my dad. I will alway be grateful for having the honor to know him.
John Caldwell
Friend
January 27, 2021
To Toby's family, May God guide you through this period of grief. Toby was a friend, a patriotic American and a truly special man.
Nancy and Dick Shoemate
Nancy and Dick Shoemate
Friend
January 26, 2021
Dear Tuny, Chris and family
Eddie and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you.. Toby was always so kind and always had a friendly smile and warm hello whenever we met. May his memory be a blessing .
Alyse Katz
Acquaintance
January 26, 2021
Being new to the whole Hill group and family I only have a couple of opportunities to meet with Toby but could feel the togetherness through out the company and family, I am very honored to have had at least that opportunity and am blessed to be involved with such a close knit caring group that Toby will always be proud of.
Tom Collins
Coworker
January 26, 2021
Tuny, Christopher and family,

We are deeply saddened and our hearts go out to you all. Toby will be miss by so many. I have so many wonderful memories with him as I was growing up and at our family gatherings. Sending our Thoughts and Prayers to you.
Love,
Kelly and John
Kelly and John Buckley
Family
January 25, 2021
Tuny, Christopher and family,

I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Toby was a wonderful, warm human being who will be missed greatly.. His shining face, his wonderful sense of humor and his mirthful laugh will be greatly missed at Hill family gatherings. I will treasure the memories made with him for the rest of my life.

Bets Bottoms
Family
January 25, 2021
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January 25, 2021
Dear Tuny, Chris and family,
Joe and I were deeply saddened by the loss of Toby. Our heart goes out to you and your family. May all the beautiful memories be a blessing to you. You have our deepest sympathy.
Denise and Joe Corr
Denise Corr
Friend
January 25, 2021
Your imprints during your time hear on earth will steady the path for your loved ones as they navigate and build on your legacy. Sending all of Toby’s Family our condolences and prayers!
Joseph & Winncy Schlitt
Friend
January 25, 2021
Praying that our loving God comforts you with sweet memories that fill your mind,
warm your heart, and lead you through.
Ron and Pat
Pat Aprahamian
Friend
January 24, 2021
Dear Tuny and Chris
Our deepest sympathies on sad loss. I have known him for a long time,essentially the day Chris was born. He was a wonderful person,absolutely honest. Always willing to advice even when he was not building my homes!
Dr and Mrs Asoka .Wijetilleke
Friend
January 24, 2021
Toby will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We are sad for your loss and ours.
With love, prayers and sympathy, Dick and Pat Burgoon
Richard and Patricia Burgoon
Friend
January 24, 2021
To the Hill Family,

We have been praying and thinking of y’all during this difficult time. Take comfort knowing Toby is in a better place, iHeaven. He was a great Patriot and person!

While praying the other night, I introduced Toby to my Mom. I told both Toby and my Mom they would enjoy talking to each other about politics, faith, and family.

We have some great angels watching over us!

Love,

Alan and Susan Temple
Alan and Susan Temple
Friend
January 24, 2021
We all love Toby and are very thankful for all he did in the community in Vero Beach
Claire Evans
Friend
January 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences and prayers for the entire Hill family.
James Denmark
January 24, 2021
The legacy and reputation that Toby left behind through the stunning and strong homes built by The Hill Group are awesome, inspiring, and will be enjoyed by families for generations. Even more unforgettable is the truly indelible living legacy he leaves behind through his grit, grace, and a life dedicated to God and his family. His exemplary life lessons will live on through his family and his grandchildren and will not be forgotten. We pray that you take comfort knowing that he is free from the constraints of his physical body and know that he will be with you always. We are honored and truly blessed to be part of the Hill family and will remember “Pops” as a strong man with the kindest and most caring heart.
With love, Camille and Griffin Greene and Family
Camille Greene
Family
January 24, 2021
Tuny: I was so sorry to hear of Toby's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Stump
Friend
January 23, 2021
Sincere condolences to Tuny, Chris, family and the organization. The town of Vero Beach was blessed with a man of vision and caring, that he carried out very successfully. When he left this world as we know it - he left a void of his presence. His organization The Hill Group was very instrumental of the well being of our Tile and Marble business with numerous contracts for over the years. We pray for a smooth as possible recovery from your loss and wish the family many happy memories.
Paul & Laura Struve
January 23, 2021
Tuny and family, I was devastated to hear this news. I have known Toby for over 30 years. He was a great man. You will all be in my prayers in the days and weeks ahead. I am so very sorry for your loss. Toby will be missed by all.
Helen Crockett
Friend
January 22, 2021
I will forever remember dinner parties full of belly laughs hosted by Toby and Tuny. I am so blessed to have been included through their great friends and will always appreciate the genuine hospitality.
Ellie Sexton
Friend
January 22, 2021
We will all miss you Toby. God bless.
Mike and Lynn Williams
Friend
January 22, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Toby's death. My late husband and I have spent many happy winters in the handsomely constructed JI courtyard home built by Toby. It's become a home filled with endless memories. May he rest in peace!

Joan Connor

A. Joan Connor
January 22, 2021
Tuny what a wonderful guy and a true patriot, as you know I knew him through the different conservative organizations we were both involved in. What a leader for Vero Beach I’m just sorry I didn’t know him better. You are very much in our prayers. Marshall and Claire Evans
Marshall Evans
Friend
January 22, 2021
As Toby's mantra "Strong from Top to Bottom" so was the man. Being a Gator and BCN grad myself as many in our community are I for one always appreciated his hard work and attention to detail in the beautiful homes he built. Knowing his family as we do you could see those ideals woven into the wonderful Hill Family. Godspeed and God Bless Tuny, Chris, the family, and the company.
Keith Kite
Friend
January 22, 2021
So sorry to hear this. Condolences from Pam and Dennis Matherne
Dennis Matherne
January 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We are here for you - anything, anytime.
With Love, Frank & Kim Tsamoutales
Frank & Kim Tsamoutales
Neighbor
January 22, 2021
Toby, During my 30+ years of appraising high end homes in Vero Beach, I have had the pleasure of touring many of the homes you built. When I see the fine craftsmanship and finish detail of the home I know it was your work. You left a wonderful mark on this earth for all of us to enjoy. Thank-you, Steve Boyle
Steve Boyle
Friend
January 22, 2021
Toby was a true gentleman and always had smile on his face. He will be deeply missed.It
was my pleasure to wait on him every morning My prayers an thoughts to the family.
Anna Groves Groves
Friend
January 22, 2021
Tuny and Family, We are sending our love and prayers to you all. Toby fought the good fight. We are grateful to have known him.
Jeff and Stephanie Pickering
Friend
January 22, 2021
A truly fine man who led by example in every aspect of his life, Toby leaves a legacy that has touched and benefited so many. We count ourselves among the "many" that he has so positively impacted and are very saddened by his loss. We send our along our warm thoughts and sincere condolences to Tuny, Christopher and Lyndal.
Bruce and Joanie Wachter
Friend
January 22, 2021
A beautiful story for a magnificent man. We will miss him.
Jan McCoy
Friend
January 22, 2021
A good friend to all who knew him well. Always there with a comforting word or well deserved quick witted needle. He loved his family, his country, and his community and made an positive impact on all of them. My prayers to Tuny, Chris and their families. He was a good dude.
Drew & Heidi Hartline
Friend
January 22, 2021
Wonderful Brother in Law, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend!
Toby will be greatly missed!
Michael Crowley
Family
January 22, 2021
So sorry to hear of Toby's passing. He was such a kind man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Rene Cox
Friend
January 22, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief and heartache.
Julia Carter
Friend
January 22, 2021
So sad to lose such a fine soul so young. May you find some solace in knowing he left this world a better place. He achieved God’s plan for him.
We are thinking of you.
Charlottes & Richard Moore
Friend
January 22, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Patti Judah
Friend
January 22, 2021
We are very saddened by Toby's passing - sincere condolences to his loving family. His steadfast support for our UF Vero Beach Center was so appreciated. Toby was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
Regina Bussing
January 22, 2021
“May the newest star in heaven shine brightly down on us” in deepest sympathy
Alenda and Tom Kinder
Friend
January 22, 2021
What a shock! Way too young. So sad to hear of Toby’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was a good man.
Eric Menger
Friend
January 22, 2021
Toby will be so missed. I have two special memories of Toby. One was when he dressed up as the Easter Bunny to surprise the kids at a family brunch a few years ago. My son still calls Toby the Easter Bunny. On another occasion my husband and I were lucky to attend one of his and Tuny's costume Murder Mystery Dinners. Toby took his role as host very seriously and made sure a good time was had by all. My family and I are so blessed to have had Toby in our lives. Deana Marchant
Deana Marchant
Friend
January 21, 2021
My heart is so heavy Toby was a wonderful boss and mentor to my son Ryan..god bless you all and hopefully I will meet Toby in heaven and we can have a laugh it two
Elizabeth Adams
Friend
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