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AMESBURY — David Hills, age 70, of Amesbury, son of the late Harold and Florence (Garland) Hills, passed peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, with his wife, family and beloved cat, Pirate, at his side.

Having little more than the love of family, David spent his younger years in Deerfield, N.H., and Georgetown, where he attended public schools until completion of the 8th grade, after which his free spirit led to working with John Wade's Ole Mcdonald Farm, operating pony rides and caring for show horses on fairgrounds throughout New England, including Topsfield and Deerfield. Not until he met and married Pauline, his wife of 40 years, did he begin to settle down, relatively speaking, of course.

David's employment also included Greaney Trucking, Amesbury Plastics, Vulcan Shoe Amesbury, head chef at 110 Steak House of Amesbury, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School in a variety of roles including grounds keeper and security, The Salvation Army Store of Haverhill and Salem, N.H., both as staff and volunteer, Reliable Security, Ryder Transportation Services, Canobie Lake Park and Constable City of Haverhill.

An avid CB'er, David was an active member of the former Rescue 8, Howes Helping Hands, We Care and Whisky Kilo, The Mike Charlie Club MD 974, New Hampshire Sidebanders, American Sideband Club of Vermont and New Hampshire, M 9, American 1498 and The Massachusetts Delta Radio Club M 1052. Always restless, David gave his time randomly throughout communities while remaining consistently involved in specific groups throughout his life, including Past Great Sachem of the Improved Order of Redmen, Sawga Tribe 20; member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles Haverhill Chapter, where he enjoyed spending time with his brother and friends playing cards and darts; Our Neighbors Table of Amesbury; Sacred Hearts Open Hand Pantry in Haverhill, and a proud and active 36-year friend of Bill W. supporting community and its members throughout Mass, N.H. and Maine through weekly meetings, support houses and co-founding the Annual Welcome Back Group and Alcathon of Haverhill. His ability to see the individual and focus on their well being and their experiences, was truly a gift for David.

Although medically restricted from military service, he remained proud of his brothers, country and all who served. Respectfully serving as Sergeant of Arms for the Sons of the Legionnaires Unit 4, and humble friend of the American Legion and VFW, both of Haverhill, he eagerly embraced what each post required of him, especially as flag bearer in every local parade for whomever needed him.

He leaves his beloved wife and best friend of 40 years, Pauline E. (Branconnier) Hills of Amesbury; one son, G. Scott Wiker of Amesbury; three daughters, Eleanor P. and husband Ronald Ball, Florence H. and husband Jeffrey Jones, all of Haverhill, and Cynthia M. Hills of Amesbury; five grandchildren, whom he loved dearly and found great pleasure with in cooking, gardening, conversing, fishing, playing cards or just being one of the kids, Timothy Hills, Jeremy Loring, Rebecca Ball, Victoria Ball, Johnathan Jones; and one great-grandson, Carter, all of Haverhill; as well as one great-granddaughter, Delilah, expected to arrive late spring 2011. He also leaves one sister, Barbara Murray of Amesbury; two brothers, Russell Hills and wife Diane of Haverhill, Carl Hills and wife Sally of Epping, N.H.; in-laws, Merle and Jean Brown, Leo Branconnier and Philip Branconnier, all of Amesbury; many nieces, nephews, and an indispensable network of treasured friends held close to his heart as extended family, and his cherished, cat, Pirate, a.k.a "sweet baby." In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by four brothers, Edward, Harold "Lee," George, and Charles "Sonny" and one special child, Christopher.

David was always sincere, loving, dedicated, real and a fine example of what it means to be human. He was known in may forms and by many names, including Captain Chaos, mumbles, Uncle Toto "cookoo" and Crocket. To know him was to love him. His physical presence will be deeply missed by us all, but his spirit, love, memories and teachings will live on through those who remain and those to come.

ARRANGEMENTS: His family invites you to join them in celebrating David's life and remembering his journey during visiting hours to be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, there will be an hour of visitation at the funeral home from 8 to 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School St., Amesbury, with interment in Union Cemetery, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Eleanor Hills, C/O David A. Hills, P.O. Box 402, Haverhill, MA 01831.
Published on  February 24, 2011
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