Dick Hillard was born in Armidale to Dot and Eric (Murph) Hillard in 1934. He spent his early childhood in his grandparent’s home, along with 12 other people. At the end of the second World War, in 1945, Dick, his parents and grandparents moved to a smaller home where his sister Dorothy was welcomed into the family.
Dick completed his primary education at the Armidale Demonstration School and his secondary education at the Armidale High School, where he excelled in the sporting arena. He was a member of the swimming and tennis teams over many years.
Leaving school, Dick undertook compulsory national service for 6 months in the Air Force. He was recruited to the justice department. Early in his career as clerk of the court he was on the relieving staff and travelled to many parts of the state.
Later he was appointed to courts in Gosford, Wollongong, Armidale, Sutherland and his last appointment was to Kogarah Court.
He studied by external study to become a qualified solicitor. He worked in the service for 40 years.
Dick appreciated music of any kind but musicals were his favourite. He was an accomplished pianist, learning to play by ear.
Dick’s sports were tennis and golf and he was a member of tennis and golf clubs wherever he was stationed. He was a long-time member of the Lions Club and received the Australian Lions Foundation James D. Richardson Honour Award for Dedication to Lions Service and the Lions International Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service.
Dick was a family man and although he never married he loved family get togethers.
He was referred to as a “humble” man, he was a gentle man, honest and loyal to family and friends.
In his retirement he enjoyed life but his stroke in 2004 curtailed many of his activities. In his later years he bore his ill-health stoically, seeking to retain his independence as long as possible.
Dick passed away in Sydney on July 14.
He will be missed but remembered with love and affection.
Rest in peace Dick.
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