Michael Hill, of Cherry Hill; Collingswood HS Alum, Caesars Casino Employee, Bartender, Varsity Inn co-owner
Son of the late Frank P. Hill, Jr. and Dorothy A. Hill (nee Love). Survived by nine siblings: Frank P. Hill III (Loretta) of Audubon, NJ, John J. Hill (Debra) of Hilton Head, SC , Mary Christine Hill (Ken Pierce) of Mount Laurel, NJ, Dorothy E. Tittermary (Jerry) of Haddon Township, NJ, Thomas J. Hill (Mary Lou) of North Wales, PA, J. Patrick Hill (Eleanor) of Clementon, NJ, Kathleen S. Beck (Gary) of Mount Laurel, NJ, Jane Marie Hill (Charles Devine) of Cherry Hill, NJ, Rita A. Hellewell (Christopher) of St. Helena, CA. Also survived by nieces and nephews, aunts and many cousins, countless lifelong friends, and golden retriever Glory.
Mike grew up in Collingswood and attended St. John and Tatem elementary schools. As a child, he enjoyed all the wonderful experiences of growing up in a small town in the 50s, 60s and 70s, including neighborhood sports, Little League and school sports, excelling in all. He spent his days exploring all the nooks and crannies of the town with his friends. He was quite the handyman, having learned many useful skills from his dad and older brothers. His love of all things Jersey Shore was nurtured by spending every August in Ocean City with the family.
He graduated from Collingswood High School in 1975, and later attended Atlantic Community College and learned to be a dealer of casino games. He began working at Caesars in AC, living in Ocean City, where he could spend his free time doing all the things he loved, including boating, fishing, crabbing and enjoying summers with friends and family. He switched from working in the casino and returned to bartending, working at the Point Pub and Obadiah’s for many years, continuing to enjoy life "down the shore". He was also a co-owner of the Varsity Inn in Haddon Twp. He made enduring friendships and wonderful memories during this time of his life.
Mike was a huge music fan. He always had music playing. Motown and R&B were favorites, including Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire. He appreciated talent of any kind and loved to introduce it to others. He also loved musical theater and attended many local high school musicals over the years. His sense of humor was one of his most endearing traits. Rodney Dangerfield was a favorite of his, and he loved the movie Caddyshack, as golf was also a favorite pastime. Anyone who knew Mike would describe him as fun loving. He always had great stories and was in his element when recounting some fun and crazy adventure. His signature white hair made him stand out in a crowd.
The greatest joy of Mike's life was being a part of a large family. When people would ask what it was like, he would say "well, we're not the Waltons, but we're close". He was a fiercely protective brother, and he would do anything for any one of his siblings. While he came close a couple of times, Mike never married. His strongest emotional bond was always with his birth family and his lifelong friends. He loved being one of ten siblings and doted on his nieces and nephews when they came along. He was a real "funcle".
If heaven is our fondest wish, Mike is on a small boat, up a quiet reach in the bay behind Ocean City. He is surrounded by other boats filled with family and friends. The crabs are biting like crazy, and someone knocked over a basket and sent them scurrying all over the boat. We feel a story coming.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Friday, June 24, 10:00 to 11:30 AM at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, St. John Church, 809 Park Ave., Collingswood, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 AM. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, 515 W. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, NJ.
Mike’s favorite charity was St. Jude Children's Hospital, and donations are appreciated in lieu of flowers to www.stjude.org. To share memories and condolences please visit www.fosterwarnefuneralhome.com.