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Rickey “Rick” J. Hill

Rochester:  Passed away on May 28, 2024 at age 67 after a courageous battle with Thymic Cancer.  He was predeceased by Richard A. Hill (Father), Randall A. Hill (Brother).  He is survived by his mother, Betty Claudine Dockery, and daughter(s) Nichole (Tita) Hill; grandson, Luca C. Hill; siblings, Zina (Tony) Hill-Cooper, Sabrina Hill, Alanna Jones, Marina (Michael) Berry, Kim Hill, Tanya Hill and Sharon Hill, Roderick (Sharon) Hill, Ryan (Barbara) Hill, and Richard Hill; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends who loved him as well.

Rick was an avid “Car Guy” loving all types of cars but especially as of late a 1964 Chevy II. He was the guy that could be mid conversation and if a nice car passed by his eyes and attention immediately went to that car. He has a long standing love for NHRA top fuel dragsters. He loved to be in the pit where “You can’t even hear yourself think!” He would say while describing the latest track he went to. Rick and his brothers would travel near and far to go to the races and there is where he would truly be in his glory. Rick also loved to attend the North American Detroit Auto show where he could then meet up with his sister who resides in Detroit. Rick loved Toronto and in the past would travel there often where he would go shopping on the PATH the underground shopping of Toronto. Eat great food and enjoy a country he absolutely loved.

Rick was an extremely proud father. His twin. He could often be heard talking about this or that achievement Nichole had accomplished. He would always brag about how ‘smart’ Nichole is and one of his proudest moments was when she graduated college with a 4.0 GPA. They would have Sunday morning “coffee talks” for years it was a routine. After she was all grown up he still would pat her on the head which was his loving gesture he had always done and passed it on to her wife Tita upon their first meeting and then years later to his grandson. Rick loved Nichole more than words and believed she was his greatest accomplishment.

He worked for Arnold Magnetic Technologies for 28 years.  He will be remembered for his easy going, free spirit. Rick loves nature and you could often find him with his little grill in a park (His favorite being Stony Brook. But could’ve been Highland park, Cobbs hill, Ellison park or even Niagara Falls) He would ensure to have his constant companion (Snoop Dog 🍃💨) that he would partake and then eat his picnic he prepared for himself. Rick had a few infamous one liner’s “Hear me now, understand me later!” That car or this car was “Haulin the mail!”

Rick loved being Luca’s Grampy and loved having his little helper while doing yard work, or playing ’Car Crushing Contest’. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to make a joke even through the hardest times. Holidays at the house he grew up in, filled with laughter and endless love and a lot of picking on his youngest sibling just so he can hear her say “Riiiick!”.

Slick Rick will always be remembered for so many things that made him the Amazing man he was. The world is missing a piece of greatness now that he isn’t here anymore. Those of us who remain will carry him and his legacy with us and have solace knowing that Rick is now an Angel who got his wings.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 5th from 3-6 PM at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Road South.  Services and Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the NHRA Museum, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768  [Donate Online] or to his daughter to help with final expenses; via PayPal @NicholeTitaHill


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