Memorial Biography: Chuck Hill (1950–2012)

 

Chuck Hill

NHGMC remembers and celebrates the life of our beloved friend and brother, Chuck Hill.  Chuck was born on January 27, 1950, and died suddenly in his home in Manchester, New Hampshire, on November 15, 2012.  

Chuck was a good man with a big heart.  Chuck was a man of selfless generosity and kindness.  Chuck was a giver.

Chuck loved his parents and his family.  The son of the late Thomas H. and Josephine M. (McHatton) Hill, he was born, and grew up on, his family farm in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  He was educated in Marlborough, graduating from Marlborough High School, Class of 1967.

Chuck loved his country.  He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years during the Vietnam era.

Chuck loved New Hampshire.  He made New Hampshire his home for 25 years.

Chuck loved people.  He was a nurturer.  He worked as a health care provider for Life Share and the Moore Center.  He opened his home to, and cared for, the handicapped.

Chuck loved life.  He lived life with a passion.  He was creative.  He loved cooking, gardening, photography, antiques, and music.  He made his own delicious meals, desserts, and spirits.  He threw lavish dinner parties for friends, always sending them home with full plates.

Chuck loved his Irish heritage.  Every Saint Paddy’s Day, he cooked the traditional corned-beef and cabbage feast for his friends.  On March 17, instead of green, Chuck wore orange – proudly proclaiming that orange is also a color of Ireland.

Chuck loved the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus.  A charter signer and member since 1998, he sang as a baritone and served in many board positions through the years.  Chuck was immediate past president and chorus photographer at the time of his death.  He nurtured the chorus during its 15-year history.  He donated his time, talent, and materials in handcrafting festive boutonnieres each concert season for singers to wear on stage.  On the day he died, he was scheduled to meet to discuss boutonniere design ideas for the chorus’s first 15th anniversary Crystal Jubilee concert series, Colors of Winter.

In December, 2012, at our annual holiday party, Chorus members proposed a toast to Chuck with a bottle of champagne that he had made and given to Chorus members.  And on what would’ve been his 63rd birthday, January 27, 2013, the Chorus, along with some of Chuck’s friends, held an informal memorial service for Chuck, recalling special memories of our times with him, celebrating his life, reading poetry and scripture, and singing several of his favorite songs. As a final, emotionally moving tribute at the service, the Chorus sang Brothers Forever. 

Read more about Chuck and everyone in the Chorus on Our History page.

Thank you, Chuck, for your friendship, your generosity, your contributions, and your life.  We love you.  We miss you.  We are privileged to have known you.

You remain our Brother Forever.