Lewis M. Hill


Lewis M. Hill passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the age of 78. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 14, 1941, to Kenneth and Frances Hill.

In his early years, Lew explored North America by hiking and climbing various trails from New York to California. Following in his father’s footsteps he became a carpenter and served as a member of Carpenters Union Local 370 in Albany. He also worked for some years at Bast Hatfield Construction.

He volunteered on the Ballston Lake Ambulance Squad and was a member of Our Lady of Grace, Hudson Valley Harp Association, the Schenectady Pipe Band, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, and Boxing for Parkinson's. Lew enjoyed a full life of hobbies which included reading westerns and sci-fi, listening to Scottish and Irish music including bagpipes and harp, drinking single malt scotch, eating ice cream, embracing nature through gardening, beekeeping and farming, woodworking, and exchanging puns and limericks. His life’s mission was to make people smile and that he did.

Lew is survived by his devoted and caring wife of 45 years, Betty, daughter Sara, daughter Naomi and son-in-law Dimitri, grandson Skylar, sister Carol and brother-in-law Paul, sister Janet and brother-in-law Muayad, cousin Shirley, nieces Moria, Chellie, Kismet and Yasamin, nephews-in-law Darren and Tim and other loving relatives and friends.

There once was a man named Lew,
For whom you might have knew,
He always did pun,
Because it was fun,
Even if you hadn’t a clue.
~ The Hill Family

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Ballston Lake Emergency Medical Service, Northeastern Woodworkers Association, or the Sierra Club.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date.

Guest Book

Sandy Borisuk Heasley

The first time I ever met LEW at a Family Reunion, since we were Betty’s Ohio Cousins, I just remember him giving the Biggest HUGS ever. I had to come up for Air. He was always very Welcoming and Interesting to talk to.
The last time I saw him was at Naomi and Dimitri’s Wedding in Chicago. It was such FUN to see LEW in his kilt as he walked her down the aisle. You could tell how much he Loved his family and how Proud he was to hold his new Grandson Skylar. He lived a full life and now is reaping his Heavenly Reward.
Rest In Peace LEW!

Pat Stadler

I will always remember Lew. He always had a garden and whenever we visited he would pick fresh vegetables and berries and would help Betty cook and we would be eating dinner and he would tell us some stories! He knew some good ones and we would always have a good time. So sad he will not be around for us to see him anymore, maybe we will see him in heaven playing the harp with wings some day.
RIP Lew

Thomas O'Keefe

It was my pleasure to have met Lewis. I have some fond memories of his nice smile and funny humor while meeting him at the Parkinson's boxing classes. I used to call him big Lou or south paw because he was a Lefty. My hat off to his beautiful wife Betty. You were always by his side helping him throughout each class. He was a bright beacon of positive light to us all. I will miss him deeply. We all will. God bless him and his family during this hard time. He's in a better place now and at peace.

Rebecca Holder

We were all so sorry to hear. Condolences to your lovely family. The Holders

Lola Asensio

I enjoyed him so much during the Naomi/Dimi engagement cruise trip to Hawaii. He was funny and delightful. He always made me laugh. My sincerest condolences for your loss. Keep him alive with the good memories. My heart hurts for your family. RIP.

Amy Randolph

I have such fond memories of Lew on his farm when I was renting the house next door to the Hill's home. One story I always tell about Lew is when I picked some of the grapes on the land and decided to make Jelly for the first time. He saw my trying to smash the grapes with a potato masher in a big pot and came over to lend a hand, or foot, rather. He took off his socks and boots, placed the pot on the ground, and stomped on the grapes for several minutes. We called the jelly Toe Jam when it was all done. He was such a funny easy-going person to be around. Such a kind soul. Praying for Betty and the family for peace.

Karlinda Caldicott

I'm so very sorry to hear of Lew's passing. I'm one of the harpers who plays at the Scottish Games, and we always loved Lew's colorful personality as well as his devotion to our group. When the time came when he no longer played harp with us at the Games, he'd still always stop by and visited us at our tent a few times throughout the day, until the time came when he stopped being able to attend the Games. My husband (Keith) also loved bantering with Lew a while at the Games each year. He will be sorely missed by us all, and we send you our deepest condolences.
~Karlinda & Keith Caldicott

Ros Soeun

So many beautiful and joyous memories of you! Rest In Peace, Uncle Lew. Xoxo

Amber Chapman and Demetri Andrianakos

Sending loads of love and Angels!

Nancy Wood

Sending condolences from a former denizen of Liberty, we lived on the other side of Loomis Hill. My father was a teacher/principal at White Sulphur Springs school and taught Lew. The Hill family was very well-respected. Ken's carpentry skills were well-known, and it sounds like Lew carried them on. I moved on from Liberty many years ago, as so many others did, but a few years ago, my mother passed away in Albany, and Lew came to her celebration---in kilt...what a delightful person! I think you have many decades of wonderful memories to cherish.

Jeff and Trudy Gallagher

Our deepest sympathy. May you be comforted knowing you are in our prayers ❤️

Lindy McQueen

Lew!!! Your puns and jokes were the best!! You will be missed dearly. We will check in regularly on Betty for you. She is such a dear soul, as were you. And thank you for being such a great dad to Na and Sarah. They've turned out totally great ;)
Lindy, Marley, Mia and Max McQueen and my dad Robert McQueen too

Lee and Lillian Grandjean

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Lew will be missed by many. He always had a fun story to share. Our prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.

Kimberly Bemis Strainer

RIP uncle Lew say hi to my mom for me.

William LaRue

So sorry for your loss. Lee was a great guy with an awesome sense of humor. He will be missed greatly.

Nesil & Bill Normile

Dear Naomi and family,

We are so sorry for your big loss.. Our hearts go out to you..

With deepest sympathy..

Love

Nesil & Bill

Diana Gabriel

I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of this amazing human. I knew Lew a little but his wonderful sense of humor and abundant fact knowledge always came through in our interactions. Im sending my love and deepest sympathies to the wonderful Hill family. Betty, Sarah, Naomi, Dimitri, and beautiful Skylar, sending a very large and warm hug.

Kimberly Smith

Sorry for your loss, may your faith keep you strong during this time. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

Mary Holbrook

Betty, Naomi and family I am sorry to hear of Lew’s passing my heartfelt condolences to you all.
Fondly remembering the Hill family.... Mary Holbrook and family.

Paula Barrientos

Lew was my second father!! I will always remembered him playing the arp, teaching me how to drive the small tractor that we use for carrying wood for the amazing house, feeding the sheep and the big white dogs and many many things that make more beautiful my stay there!! Lew had a wonderful family! I will always love the Hill family!! I really want you to know that we love you so much and I will always love Lew!!

Moria Norris

Uncle Lew haiku
Late night book, harp song
Punster and carpenter too
EMT page - squeal

Polly Windels

I still have a bottle of Lew’s blackberry wine which he shared after discovering our field. That was Lew. Happy to be outdoors in nature and always sharing what he grew. He knew a lot about life and was only too happy to share with anyone around. I will miss the twinkle in his eyes and his puckish personality. Farewell Lew and keep dancing.

Darren Wilson

I always enjoyed talking with Lew over a pint or a dram. The jokes and puns would flow like the river Tay.

Jeannette R Moore

My prayers are with you, Lew was an unusual storyteller. We had laughs and fun. I will miss him sorely. Be blessed and stay strong family.