Mar 7, 1937 – May 25, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Temple Hill. Bob died peacefully at home on the evening of May 25th, in the presence and tender care of Penny, his loving wife of 56 years. He is survived by his sons Greg and Trevor, their wives Adrienne and Judy, and grandchildren Graham, Cameron, Troy, Sophie, and Nick. He was predeceased by his brother, Don, in 1989.
Bob was born in Vancouver on March 7th, 1937 to Ted and Ivy Hill. He graduated from Lord Bing High School in 1955 and the University of British Columbia in 1960, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Bob married Penny in 1961 and they moved to Abbotsford in 1962. He worked initially as a junior high school teacher, then achieved a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University in 1968. Bob transitioned into the elementary system and led the development of the science program. For the next 25 years he held increasingly responsible administrative positions in the Abbotsford area. Bob and Penny moved to Sidney in 1997 and spent many busy and wonderful years in retirement. In 2011, Bob was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but he enjoyed a reasonably good quality of life until mid-2017.
Bob was a beloved and proud husband, father, and grandfather, known for his sense of humour. He loved big band music and languages, speaking conversational French, Spanish, and Italian. Bob was a lifelong tennis player and an avid reader. He was a skilled carpenter and an enthusiastic outdoorsman. Bob was a consummate sailor, owning several sailboats over his lifetime. He was most thrilled to be able to live near the ocean during retirement.
Bob is well remembered by the thousands of students and hundreds of teachers that he profoundly influenced over his long and successful career. He was an engaging and motivating teacher and a firm, but fair and compassionate, administrator and mentor. He was also a passionate champion of the integrity of science education.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC on Saturday, July 14th at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow.
First Memorial Funeral Services