It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard Hill. He was born in Zeballos on west coast of Vancouver Island and died in his home in Powell River with his family around him.
Richard spent all of his young life in the small towns of the island including Bowser, Gabriola and Zeballos. Before settling in Powell River he travelled the west coast and spent time in Newfoundland. He is survived by his wife Willa; sons Sam and his children Allyssa and Clayton; James (Nita) and their son Neo; and Patrick (Terri) and their daughters Elizabeth and Victoria.
Following his graduation from UBC, Richard did not stop his education but pursued learning, knowledge and wisdom all his life. He did this for himself but also for his sons, grandkids and communities he lived in.
After moving to Powell River in 1977, Richard was active in the community through the United Church, Powell River Badminton Club, Crib Club and BC Salmon Society. As a teacher in Powell River he ultimately made his biggest contributions to our society through the fun, dedication and excellence he demonstrated in his classes to sponsorship of clubs and teams and replenishing salmon populations in local creeks.
Richards positive impact on the young people he connected with is immeasurable. He taught science, math, woodworking and English at Cranberry Elementary, Brooks Secondary, JP Dallos and Oceanview Middle schools. He also shared his knowledge of how to make maple syrup from our local trees.
An open celebration of Richard’s life will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2 pm at Powell River United Church, 6932 Crofton Street. Those who knew Richard are welcome to attend and are asked, if they are able, to go to the beach in the days before to pick up and bring a small beach pebble to the service.