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Obituary and Memorial of the Late Anthony Hill

The funeral service of Anthony ‘Tony’ Hill took place on Wednesday 30th August 2023, at Birches Crematorium, Northwich. The service was conducted by civil celebrant, Laura Doherty.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Hill was born on the 14th June 1944 in Abbeyleix in Southern Ireland, he was brought up by his grandma who was a formidable lady who he loved and respected. Growing up his playground was the De Vesci estate which was over 1000 acres of forests, fields and park, he grew up loving the outdoors and exploring, as well as a spot of poaching and scrumping. He played Hurling and was good enough to play for the county.

Tony started working in hotels, first in Ireland at the age of 15, and then moved to England continuing to work in the hotel industry. It was while working in London in the same hotel that Tony first met his future wife, it was love at first sight and they married on the 27th Dec 1969, Tony said it was the best day of his life.  The couple lived in Huddersfield in Yorkshire and were managing hotels for Frank Roberto.

Frank asked them to have a look at a pretty little hotel in Sandbach, and as soon as they saw it, they fell in love with the place. They spent many happy years managing the Old Hall, Tony loved his time here and being at the centre of the community, and the status that came with it. Tony was well known in Sandbach, he always made an impression on people.  He strongly believed in always being smartly dressed, being well spoken, loving a good chat, and having good manners.

Tony was a great golfer and is a past captain of Malkins bank golf club proudly earning his name all over the winner’s boards at the club.

Tony was thrilled when he became a grandad, he adored his grandchildren and he was very proud of them and both of his children.

After a happy and successful life, sadly Tony’s health began to deteriorate and he passed away peacefully on Sunday 13th August 2023 aged 79, with Nikki and James by his side.

Tony’s funeral was held at Birches Crematorium, Northwich on Wednesday 30th August 2023 and conducted by Civil Celebrant Laura Doherty.

Tony was brought into the chapel accompanied by ‘The Rustle of Spring’ by Christian Sinding.

Laura welcomed everyone to Tony’s service, followed by tributes to their father from Tony’s son, James, and daughter Nikki.

The service continued with a visual tribute, photo slideshow with music for reflection, ‘Wonderful Land’ by The Shadows.

Laura closed the service with a reading prior to the committal and words of thanksgiving. As Tony’s service concluded mourners filed past his coffin as ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac played.

The attending mourners were invited to continue sharing memories of Tony at the Old Hall in Sandbach.

Donations were gratefully received towards the work of The British Heart Foundation.

Attending mourners were Mrs N Wood-Hill & Mr P Wood (Daughter & Son in Law) Mr & Mrs J Hill (Son & Daughter in Law). Mr R Waggott. Mr T Leeson. Mrs M Leeson. Miss S Leeson. Mrs S Manzanares. Mr I Patrick. Mrs B McGuiness. P Scullion. J Griffiths. Mr T Tassell. Ms K Roberts. G Dawson. Miss H Jones. Mr &Mrs J Jennings. Mr G Hassall. Miss C Reeves. Mrs J Wood. Mr E Wood. Mr & Mrs Woodcock.

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