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Daniel Elisha Hill was born on August 7, 1930 in Clover, Virginia. He was the oldest of six children, four girls and two boys, born to Richard Hill and Josephine Wylie. Dan, which is what everyone called him, attended schools in Clover, Virginia. In his early twenties, Dan met and married Marian Elvira Moore and together they had two beautiful daughters Mary and Deborah. Vie, as she was affectionately known, passed away a few short years after their marriage. Not long after her death, Dan followed his eldest sister Hattie and moved to Ossining, New York. The rest of his family followed over the next few years.
While living in Ossining he met and married Ophelia McNeil in 1959; they had a daughter together, Dannette. While their connection remained strong for over 65 years, theirs is somewhat of a unique story as they reunited in marriage in 1999 after a long divorce. Their love and their faith in the Lord was strong in equal measure and that was never more evident than in their later years together where Miss Ophelia, as Dan lovingly called her, was dedicated to the comfort and well-being of her Danny Boy, as she adoringly called him.
Dan’s commitment to follow God’s word was solid and strong. He believed in the power of prayer and the dedication to service. For decades, he was an usher and a trustee at Calvary Baptist Church in Ossining where Rev. Dr. Gershwin Grant is the pastor and where he was a member for over 25 years.
Professionally Dan was a man of many skills and he held various positions at a number of organizations over the years. His last and longest position was with Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, New York where he worked for over 20 years. When he wasn’t working, Dan also knew how to relax. He had a passion for sitting by the river in his hometown, Ossining, New York; fishing in his younger years; listening to the blues especially BB King; and watching his favorite TV shows. Dan was also well known in and outside of the family as a snappy dresser earning him the nickname, Dapper Dan.
Some of Dan’s favorite moments were spent with his family, celebrating life with barbecues in a backyard or at Croton Point Park and playing a spirited card game of Bid Whist. At a family reunion in 2019, he was officially crowned King of the Hills and the patriarch of his family. Dan embraced his role as the patriarch and fulfilled it with honor and humility. His calm, quiet demeanor, steadiness and positivity are only some of what drew people to him. He was always there for his family and willing to help anyone who needed it. He was equally devoted to his friends. For many years on any given Friday, you could find him having lunch with his close friends Bill and Neville.
At the age of 92, while at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York, the Lord called Daniel home on May 3, 2023. The son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend will forever be loved and so tremendously missed.
He is survived by his wife Ophelia, his three daughters Mary L. Hill, Deborah J. Hill, and Dannette S. Hill; six grand children, James Walker (Wanda), Michael Hill, Tawana Hill-Haynes (Mark), Jasmyn Farris (James), Lamar Wilcher, and Ebony Wilcher; eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He is predeceased by his mother Josephine and his father Richard; his first wife Marian E. Moore Hill; sisters Hattie Mosley (Clarence), Mary Ruth Hubbard (Ronald), Christine Flemming (Raynell, and Olivia Young (John); his brother Raleigh Hill; his beloved grandson Kenyon A. Walker; his niece Rhonda Gaston; and his nephews Ronald Hubbard, Lawrence Hubbard, and Curtis Hubbard.
Reposing on Monday May 15, 2023 from 7-9 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Ossining, NY. Funeral Service, Tuesday May 16, 2023 11 AM, at Calvary Baptist Church, Ossining, NY. Interment, Dale Cemetery, Ossining, NY to follow.
LEACH & THOMAS FUNERAL HOME
45 S. Highland Ave
Ossining, New York 10562