Obituary Details

Jonathan Patrick Hill

September 27, 1971 - December 5, 2014

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, December 12, 2014
Time:
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, December 12, 2014
Service Time:
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

Jonathan Patrick Hill, 43, passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, on December 5, 2014, in San Diego, California.

Jonathan is survived by his loving wife, Heather Marie Hill, and their three children, Sarah Grace Hill, Andrew James Hill and Nicholas Frederick Hill, all of Raleigh, North Carolina; his parents, Bronwyn Hooper and Dorrance Hill of Durham; his brother, Joshua Hill, and sister-in-law, Anna Bilowus, and their three children, Maddie, Sophie and Max, of Westport, Connecticut; his father- and mother-in-law Frederick and Kay Larson of Canton, Ohio; and father-in-law David Campbell of Canton, Ohio; and his “wingman,” Ismael Obaydi, and his wife, Janelle, and their son, Lateef, and a future son, of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jonathan was born on September 27, 1971 on Martha’s Vineyard and completed his training as a pilot with Embry-Riddle and Airman Flight School in Norman Oklahoma. He served for 8 years as a pilot for JetBlue Airways Corporation. Although he flew around the globe and traveled to many different places, his favorite destination was his home, where he so treasured his dual role as a loving husband to Heather and beloved father to Sarah, Andrew and Nicholas.

The following words were written in honor of Jonathan by family friend Kimberly Rex:
"It’s hard to accept Jon won't be there anymore but memories are forever. We all have them. It's easy to describe the kind of guy Jon was through my eyes. He was the guy who would tell you like it is when you were down but then offer his hand to help you up. He was the guy standing next to you asking the questions you only think to ask but don't. He was the guy who wouldn't take crap from anyone without challenging you why. In my perception, he was the boy next door — the man young girls dream about meeting one day and marrying to start a family. I envy Heather, for she had it all. I've loved watching the Hill family grow. From seeing Jon get up before anyone to change his baby girl’s diaper, to getting her dressed and then showing her off at the coffee shop, to even buying her first training bra. Yes, that was the kind of DAD he was. He LOVED his children and his wife. After Andrew was born, Heather was not herself. Jon, being the caring husband, called me and flew me down to be with her and the new baby. He did this for her...and to help her out while he went back to work. I was there when Nicholas arrived. I watched Sarah and Andrew with Grandma and then took them to the hospital shortly after he was born. Heather was exhausted, Jon with a smile holding Nicholas, Grandma so proud, Sarah and Andrew anxious to see their brother. It was a beautiful moment to witness, one I hold dearly. Now I'm deeply sorry for Heather that a part of the dream is gone. Jon was a really great guy. I know he would be hugging us all telling us everything's going to be OK and that he's OK ... But it's not. Not right now. Maybe later. Much later.”

Memorial donations may be made in Jon's name to the Jonathan Hill Family Fund:
https://www.gofundme.com/ig7h0w
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Marc Raymond
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July 8, 2015
Lit a candle in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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Peter Kissel
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December 16, 2014
I worked with Jon at Piedmont Aviation many years ago at RDU. We both went to Embry Riddle and had a lot in common. We were both helping a person who owned a plane at RDU and we would fly together once in a while during the early years of our careers. Jon always brought a smile to my face. His personality was infectious , and although I had not seen him in years, I thought of him often and our adventures and they always make me laugh. RIP JON.
Pete Kissel 919 247 8899
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wiley shearin
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December 12, 2014
To the family of Jonathan,
I want to extend my sympathy on the passing of Jonathan, though I only new him for a short period of time I know he was a wonderful man to all he came in contact with and one who loved his family and flying.
May The Lord give you the strength in dealing with his passing and his absence as you find a way to keep on keeping on.


Captain Wiley Shearin Us Airways.
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Todd Breakey
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December 12, 2014
I worked with Jonathan years ago at Piedmont Aviation. He was one of the most fun guys to work with, he always kept everybody laughing. He will be missed. I'm saying extra prayers for his family.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee, Jr


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Sophie Fisk
Posted on:
December 11, 2014
Jon was one of the kindest people I've ever met with the sweetest smile and the best giggle .There is nothing he wouldn't have done to help you . I remember him taking days off work (on his own accord) to put endless shelves together, hang up pictures, and paint my new school and he wouldn't put the paint brush down until he had finished. He never expected anything in return except a smile and/or a hug. His patience and kindness shone through constantly even when he taught my son to drive stick shift and he banned me from the car !
He was such a special person and he will always be in my heart . I am so thankful you were a part of my life . Sleep tight xxxx
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Curtis Kikkert
Posted on:
December 11, 2014
I've flown with Jonathan on several occasions; if Jonathan was on your Trip Pairing, you were in for an easy and enjoyable trip! His genuine smile was certainly infectious.
Often I would see Jonathan in the Crew Lounge, always with that subtle grin on his face, and we would share a brief conversation.

He will certainly be missed by me and all of us at JetBlue.

Captain Curtis Kikkert, JetBlue.
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Capt. Curtis Kikkert, JetBlue
Posted on:
December 11, 2014
I had the absolute pleasure of flying with Jonathan on several occasions. If Jonathan was on my Trip Pairing, I knew I was in for an easy and enjoyable trip! And his smile was certainly infectious! I always enjoyed sharing a moment with him in the Crew Lounge, as he would often approach me with that subtle grin on his face.

Your Jonathan will certainly be missed!
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Lisa Johnson
Posted on:
December 11, 2014
Heather, please know the entire Bull City Little League family has you in our thoughts and prayers. We have so enjoyed having your family become part of our BCLL family. Please accept our condolences during this difficult time.
Lisa G. Johnson - League Secretary
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Chase Trissel
Posted on:
December 11, 2014
I had the privilege of flying with Jon for about two years. This was one of the most memorable experiences of my 20 year flying career. Jon was a brilliant teacher, friend, and an shining example of how to treat others. I will miss Jon more than words can explain! - Chase Trissel
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melissa andreycisk
Posted on:
December 10, 2014
Heather and family I am so sorry for your loss. I am the rdu crew member who assisted Katrina on Saturday at your home. Jonathan will defiantly be missed for his kind encouraging words always as well as his smile. Jonathan was defiantly a kind person always wiling to go the extra mile always. Heather I just want you to know if your every need anything we will always be there you.
Melissa jetblur rdu
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Allison Josephson
Posted on:
December 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your CASA family is here to help.
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Michele Dyroff
Posted on:
December 10, 2014
Mrs. Hill, I am very sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity of meeting your husband when Andrew was in my class last year. I could tell the kind of father he was. My daughter Luna is in class with Andrew this year, and surely misses him in class and is very sad. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Michele Dyroff
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Nicholle
Posted on:
December 10, 2014
Heather, words cannot express my sadness to you and your family for your loss. I will always look back with fondness at our time together at Flight Options. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope that you find strength and peace during this difficult time.

Nicholle Sedlon
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Heather Campbell Hill
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Katrina, I'll never ever forget your kindness! Ever. Thank you 🙂
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Heather Campbell Hill
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Bethany, he didn't bat an eyelash to come and help your husband! He was on his way as soon as I told him about it. He was so happy to help bring your husband home. xoxox
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Words cannot express my gratitude!
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
April, I so appreciate your words! xoxo
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Thank you Kelly, I am really feeling all of these prayers xoxo
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Thank you so much Lisa xoxo
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Thank you Neill! He knew what it was like to want to get home!
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Thank you Brittnee! I'll miss that smile as well, although I am lucky enough to see it in my children's faces every day. They all look more like him that then do of me! 😉
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Heather Campbell Hill
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December 9, 2014
Thank you Ramiro! You're name was one spoken of often in our home. Jon really thought highly of you! xoxoxo
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katrina
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December 9, 2014
Lit a candle in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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ramiro kuyvenhoven
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Jon was one of the best persons I ever met in my life, he brought cheer and joy into everyone's life he touched, he will be greatly missed by everyone that had the pleasure to have met him, Heather I am so sorry for your loss as I am sure everyone else is in the aviation world.
Godspeed Jon
Ramiro Kuyvenhoven
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brittnee clark
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December 9, 2014
Lit a candle in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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Neill Orr
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Jon was the only person to give up his seat on a commute for me in 12 years of aviation. Always a pleasure to spend a little bit of time with you on the way up to NY. Ill miss seeing you there. Thanks Jon
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Lisa O'Brien
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Lit a candle in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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Kelly Kovalesky
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our thoughts in prayers.
Ed, Kelly, Grace, Griffin and Kenley Kovalesky
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April (Hollowell) Adler
Posted on:
December 9, 2014
Sent a gift in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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Joseph Richard Smolenski
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December 8, 2014
Lit a candle in memory of Jonathan Patrick Hill
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Bethany Thuku
Posted on:
December 8, 2014
Last winter, during one of the bad snow storms, my husband was stranded in Durham after his car got stuck. Jon offered to go pick him up and bring him home to North Raleigh so my toddler and I wouldn't have to worry about him. However, once he picked my husband up, he brought my husband back to his car and helped him dig it out. He followed him until he got safely onto the main roads. Our family was humbled and grateful that someone we hardly knew (at the time), was willing to risk his own safety to help us. Thank you, and may you rest in God's peace.

Bethany Thuku
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Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Funeral

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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