Joseph James Hillman Jr.
O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road
Wall, NJ
Joseph James Hillman Jr.

AGE: 70 • Belmar

Joseph James Hillman Jr., Esq., 70, of Belmar, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Brielle from injuries sustained in an accident. Joseph was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, raised in Tinton Falls, NJ and graduated from Red Bank High School. He resided in Belmar for over 45 years. He had been a Belmar lifeguard during his summers while attending Emory University and American University, Washington College of Law.

Joseph was admitted to the NJ bar in 1969. After an internship at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, he was associated with the Reussille law firm in Red Bank. He later moved his practice to the Belmar area and served his clients as a solo practitioner and with the Belmar firms of Hillman, Carey, Badach & Sullivan and Hillman & Sullivan, and the Ocean Grove firm of Hillman, Hundley, Parry and Fallon. He also served the public as a member of the Belmar Board of Commissioners, Director of Public Safety, as Belmar Borough Attorney, and as Director of the State Office of Legal Services in the Department of Community Affairs during Governor William Cahill's Administration. He was a past president of the Monmouth County Affiliated Republican Club and a member of the Monmouth County, Southern Monmouth County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.

Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Carol Rose (Hoesel) Hillman in April 2012; his daughter, Gabrielle Rose Hillman in October 2012; his brother, Richard Hillman in December 2013; and his father, Joseph J. Hillman Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Grace Hillman; his mother, Evelyn (nee Wall) Hillman; his brother, the Honorable Noel L. Hillman; his sister, Laura Scarpetti; his sister-in-law and her husband, Linda and Gunther Schmiedl; his fiancée, Nancy Borches-Wallace; his faithful dog, Riley, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to call from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall, with a reception for family and friends following the service. Committal will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, Joseph's family requests donations be made to the Gabrielle Hillman Memorial Scholarship Fund at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania or the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. For further information or to forward condolences to the Hillman family, please visit

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We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending you our deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort during this very difficult time.
The Faugno Family
Tony, Lynn and Bill
Lynn Faugno
February 18, 2014
Please except my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. Lean on Him for support through prayer and reading his word the Bible daily.
February 18, 2014
From the family of Robert J McDonnell.

Fond memories of Joe and family. He handled many legal matters for us.

Joe and my husband Bob worked together on a very important court decision regarding the "Freedom of Information Act".

We would see eachother in Belmar at the Boardwalk Dunkin Donuts with Carol and the girls.

We are truly sorry for your loss.

Elaine McDonnell and Family

Lakewood NJ
February 17, 2014
May you find peace, love and happiness in your new world, Joe. You will be forever missed and loved by us. God bless your surviving family and friends. Special condolences sent to your mom, Mrs. Hillman, and your brother, Noel. You are all remembered with love and prayers. God bless and may eternal light shine upon you. Love perpetually, Donna and Frank Badach
Donna Lemig Badach
February 16, 2014
Truly sad. Joe's southern gentleman qualities never permitted him to ever have a mean way or look on his handsome face. His very quiet smile was genuine. His presence created a better place for all in his company. A great loss to everyone who knew Joe.
Edith T. Nowels
February 15, 2014
Dear Mrs. Hillman and Family, I think everyone in Belmar knew Joe. I was shocked and saddened to see the news article, yet I find comfort he was not alone (puppy) and is seeing his loved ones in Heaven. I am sorry for your loss, and Belmar's loss. With respect,
Eileen Day Cytryn
February 15, 2014
Dad loved you so much and was very proud of you and your accomplishments. He often talked about you and how you were doing in college. He is at peace now with your Mom and Gaby. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Aunt Maria
Lizi, Mrs. Hillman, Noel, Laura, Linda, Gunther, Nancy, (and Riley),
Joe is at peace now, with no pain, and in the hands of the Lord. He was a good friend to me and Bill. He loved his family and often mentioned them, especially his Mom. May God bless you all and give you strength and consolation at this very sad time.
Maria Hernandez
February 15, 2014
to family of joe,Joe was a very nice neighbor, we often talked about things while walking our dogs, I will miss seeing him and just talking about every day life my prayers our with you GOD Bless LOve Maryellen Grieco.
February 14, 2014
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