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Donald Hovey Hill

January 1, 2015
Donald Hovey Hill
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Swanton, VT: Donald Hovey Hill died at home in Swanton, Vermont on Jan. 1, 2015, just eight miles north of where he was born at home in St. Albans in 1927. Don was the son of Donald and Bianca (Ratti) Hill. Don was predeceased by his first wife Josephine “Jo” Dodge, who died in a bicycle accident in 1971. Don and Jo were the parents of their beloved twins, Christopher Hill and Louise Hill-Gaskill, who survive them. In 1974 Don married Pixley Tyler, and adopted Pixley’s two children, Pixita del Prado Hill and Hector Hill. Other family members whom Don loved are: Walt Gaskill, Eric (Luke) Krieg, Paula Delorme and Katie Driver; his grandchildren Misha Bove, Yeshua Hill, Evan Gaskill, Anza Krieg and Maria Krieg; and his large, ever-increasing extended family of all ages. Don entered the US Navy and World War II at the age of seventeen. Don graduated from Middlebury College and then began his career in print and design by attending graduate school at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Don and Jo returned to St. Albans and bought a shop which Don operated for 33 years as a “small town commercial printer.” The breadth and depth of Don’s life was filled with the diversity of his interests: nature, the arts, community service and the Vermont Arts. He loved nature and being outdoors, being a lifelong member and volunteer with the Green Mountain Club, hiking the Long Trail end-to-end. He cherished snow-shoeing and solo winter camping. Don canoed the length of Lake Champlain with his wife Pixley, and together they spent lively times hiking and canoeing in Northern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces. Don grappled with geology-and-philosophy with his good friends the Rock Brothers. Don was an avid reader his entire life and this greatly expanded his world view. In the arts, he was a lifelong “appreciator” of jazz, opera and classical music. He sang as a baritone with the Champlain Orchestra and the Cloud Messengers. Don lived poetry, with his published poems and a bi-weekly poetry group. Pixley reports that Don was a “romantic poet and a great dancer.” Community was a vital part of Don’s life and he served as a board member with St. Albans Town School and the St. Albans Library, as well as several other organizations. And then there was Don’s passion for the Vermont Arts: woodworking and shopwork, tool-making, boiling syrup, outhouse construction, story-telling, general puttering and his overall spirit of resourcefulness and self-reliance. Don was a deep and complex thinker and yet lived a simple life. Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Green Mountain Club or to Franklin County Home Health. A gathering to remember and celebrate Don’s life will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Albans Historical Museum, the same building where Don went to school. Messages of condolence to the Hill family are welcome at

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2:00 PM 1/10/2015 2:00:00 PM
Saint Albans Historical Museum

9 Church Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Saint Albans Historical Museum
9 Church Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
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