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Frederic A Hills

November 10, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Frederic Hills Obituary

Frederic A. Hills passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of family and friends, on November 10.  He was witty, humorous and kind, and had a gift for sharing his warmth of spirit.

Frederic was born on November 21, 1930, in Brookline, MA, to Margaret and Fisher Hills.  He grew up in Brookline and West Newton with his three younger siblings, Barbara, Jay and Carolyn. Theirs was a busy and loving household, shared with his grandmother, uncles and aunt, and they enjoyed many wonderful summers in Sanbornton, NH and on Drake’s Island in Wells, ME.

Fred was always curious about the world around him and its history, particularly the events of World War II which greatly impacted his experiences as a young boy.  He continued to have a great passion for American history throughout his life, and his encyclopedic knowledge of historical events was impressive.

He graduated in 1948 from Newton High School and went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied engineering.  During college, he became a proficient guitar and banjo player as well as an avid skier, occasionally competing in races.  He had an adventurous spirit, and loved spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and sailing.

A passion for science ran in his family, and after college he became an engineer, like his father and grandfather before him. His professional journey included roles at Honeywell and NASA, where he contributed to the development of computing systems for the Apollo program. Later, he joined the federal Department of Transportation where he helped modernize air traffic control systems.

Of his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. He lived in Norwell until 1970 with his first wife, Joanna, and their three children Scott, Jennifer and Tad.  Fred met his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Hills, when they were both working in Washington, D.C.  They had two children, Jonathan and Susannah, whom they raised in Hingham, MA.

In addition to his children, Fred will be lovingly remembered by his sister, Carolyn Reynolds, his daughters-in-law, Leslie Hills, Lee Wade, and Jessica Hills, his sons-in-law, Peter MacDonald and David Nelinson, and his grandchildren Taylor and Lindsay Hills, Aidan and Duncan MacDonald, Elinor and Charlie Hills, and Calvin, Finn and Taj Hills.  His family is extremely grateful for the support and love from his many friends over the past year.  A celebration of life will be held in the coming months.




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