John William Hill (October 31, 1950-March
(of the Joshua Hill
John in his Air Force days and with his
wife and three children.
Some Memories of John Hill
Remembered by his cousin Claire
Some years ago, John reached out to me
across continents and centuries to extend his hand in friendship.
After that he regularly popped into my life electronically to enrich
He learned of our kinship through my
genealogy site. Although our Hill lines split in the 18th century,
John's DNA turned out to be almost identical to that of my brother
John and I never saw one another in
person. Over the years he sent me a lot of pictures of frogs, but no
pictures of himself. So, finally I asked him whether he was trying to
tell me that he looked like a frog. He replied that he supposed that
he did look like a frog.
John never forgot to make me a frog card
for my birthday. In addition to pictures of frogs doing all kinds of
exciting things that frogs never actually do, John deepened my
understanding of Japanese culture by sending me pictures of Japanese
souls riding on cucumbers and eggplants and explaining to me the
philosophy behind that.
John especially wrote to me about his
family… his parents, his wife and children, his brother and his
family. He made his nephew Stephen the family ambassador to Paris.
When John and I began corresponding, he was eagerly awaiting
grand-fatherhood and in one of his last letters to me he wrote,
"Since I sent the e-mail yesterday, I have become a grandpa again.
Last night Naomi (my 2nd girl) had her 2nd girl. Now she has 2,
Sallie and Sarah. Hard to believe I got 3 grandkids now. "
To show you what a thoughtful friend he
was, when I broke my ankle last fall, he was sensitive enough to send
me internet links to 1930s Hop-Along Cassidy radio shows. He even
explained to me how Hop-Along Cassidy started hopping. In addition,
he sent me a picture of Dr. Frog with this message:
Sorry to hear you hurt yourself, but
you will make a good recovery and you
have the EASY LIFE of a princess for a few
with everyone waiting to do your
Dr. FROG will help you fix you up.
I also sent a FROG CARD (via this e-mail)
to help you get better.
How could you or I have suspected then
John would leave us so prematurely and unexpectedly.
May he rest in peace and may perpetual
light shine on him. Amen.