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Billy Hill, Athlete For All Seasons Passes Away

Updated: Apr 28

Arrangements for Billy L. Hill, who passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ogdensburg on Saturday, are incomplete at this time. The Fox-Murray Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Billy passed away Saturday afternoon (April 25, 2020) at his home just three months after the passing of his twin brother Bruce.

Billy Hill was a lifelong resident of Ogdensburg and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War era.

He was an outstanding athlete in several sports and sportsman and well known and well liked throughout Ogdensburg and surrounding communities. His good nature and love of laughter led to countless conversations including on his well travelled rounds while he walked his dogs twice a day.

Billy was an outstanding baseball player in local youth leagues and at Ogdensburg Free Academy. He was an outstanding tennis player and for several years was a tennis instructor for the Ogdensburg City Recreation Department.

"Bill and I were mixed doubles partners for years in Potsdam-he actually taught me to play tennis.  He used to say after a match-90% my effort-10% yours! Always brings a smile to my face," said Julie Hackett Cliff.

He later took up golf and became an accomplished player in leagues at the Twin Brooks Golf Course in Waddington and the St. Lawrence State Park where he played in the Men's League and the Ben Cordwell Memorial Senior Men's League.

He continued his love for baseball for several decades playing in the Maple City Fastball League, the See-Way Slo-Pitch Softball League and St. Lawrence Valley's Men's Senior (35-Over) Modified Fastpitch League. He also umpired in the slo-pitch league for many years and supplied countless hours of volunteer umpiring in tournaments.

He also bowled and served league secretary for many years and loved hunting and fishing.


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