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PEPPERELL — John R. Hill, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Lucy A. (Hagerty) Hill, with whom he would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Jan. 23.

Born in Rochester, N.H., on July 27, 1931, he was a son of the late Richard E. and Leone A. (Hutchins) Hill. He was educated in the Hanover, N.H., school system and was a resident of Pepperell for 65 years.

Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. He was employed by the Pepperell Paper Company for 43 years, retiring in 1996.

Mr. Hill was known as “Father John” by those who knew him well. John liked spending time with his many grandchildren, his occasional trips to Foxwoods, and was a number one Red Sox fan. He was respected by all and will be greatly missed.

Besides his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Kathleen Rhodes and her husband, Neil, of Brookline, N.H.; Julie Robtoy and her husband, Roderick, Bonnie Corsini and her husband, Richard, Christine Hill and Brian Chatigny, and Kelly Seeley and her husband, Michael, all of Townsend; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Robtoy, Jayne Robtoy, Tyler Rhodes, Molly Corsini, Benjamin Corsini, Emily Seeley, Connor Seeley and Rowan Seeley; and several nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Jones, and a brother, Joseph Hill.

Funeral services were held from the Marchand Funeral Home, of Pepperell, on Friday, Jan. 4, followed by a Mass at St. Joseph Church, Pepperell, and burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Nashoba Nursing and Hospice Service, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01464.

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