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Howard R. “Taffy” Hill

Howard R. “Taffy” Hill, 87, of Alan Road, South Hamilton, husband of Virginia L. (MacKenney) Hill, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 in the Beverly Hospital following his long illness.

Born in Lawrence June 2, 1923, son of the late John H. and Ethel (Perkins) Hill, he was raised on Turkey Shore Road, Ipswich  and was a graduate of the Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps, he served in England with the Eighth Air Force.  Serving as a B-24 crew chief his responsibility was the support and operation of the famous B-24 bomber “Final Approach.” As a crew chief he also flew many search and rescue missions and test flew aircraft before their bombing missions. Honorably discharged and decorated with the Bronze Star, he returned to Ipswich to work in the Hill’s Family Men Store. For the next fifty or more years he owned and operated the popular family store until it closed in 1995.

Mr. Hill was a longtime member of the First Church in Ipswich and was a proud member of the Ipswich VFW Post #1093 and the Hamilton A.P. Gardner American Legion Post. # 194.  He was a collector of license plates and a Lifetime member of the ALPCA (American License Plate Collectors Assoc.) He was an active member of the North Shore Old Car Club, and enjoyed motoring in his Model T. He’ll be remembered by many as an avid dancer and for his many contributions to the community.

In addition to his wife of fifty-one years he is survived by two sons, Brian H. Hill and his wife Pamela of Wenham and State Rep. Bradford R. Hill and his wife Aimee of Ipswich; two daughters, Kimberly A. Allen of Essex and Shelly D. Buchanan of Hamilton, and nine grandchildren, Brenna, Casey, Daniel, Zachary Courtney Hill, Shawna and Jenna Allen, and Ryan and Emma Buchanan. He was the grandfather of the late Mason Hill and brother of the late Wendell Hill and Beatrice Hill, both formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral service will be held Wednesday 10 am in the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, followed by interment with Military Honors in the New Highland Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, with a service by VFW Post #1093 at 7pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Ipswich Caring, Inc., 4 Paradise Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to the First Church in Ipswich, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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