Obituary: Lorenzo Hill / Devoted family man with strong work ethic

Oct. 27, 1916 - Sept. 12, 2013

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Lorenzo Augustine Hill was an involved father, long before that phrase became widely used, according to his daughter, Leslie Horne.

"He was always at any school event; parades, picnics, and he was even an officer of the PTA at Heron Hill, which I hated," Mrs. Horne said. "He was a devoted family man."

Mr. Hill, of the Hill District, died Thursday at home. He was 96. An accountant by profession, Mr. Hill was also an entrepreneur, who did work for various businesses in the Hill District, Mrs. Horne said.

"He always had some other job," she said. "My earliest memory was of him sitting in the dining room at his adding machine doing bookkeeping for small businesses," which included a bakery, a sausage company, and a women's shelter.

He also worked as comptroller at the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, and ran for city council on the Republican ticket in the 1960s, Mrs. Horne said.

When her children were young, Mrs. Horne's husband died, and her father took it upon himself to make sure she and her children always were able to take vacations.

"And when my son played basketball in Penn Hills, my father was his No. 1 fan," Mrs. Horne said. "He followed him any place he played."

Mr. Hill was a decorated World War II veteran, and a graduate of Duquesne University, with a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Frederick Hill, Mr. Hill's son, said his father "was a very special man, who taught me the importance of a strong work ethic."

The elder Mr. Hill was recognized by the local chapter of the AARP for the special care he took of his wife, Estella, who died in 2006. She had Alzheimer's disease near the end of her life, Fred Hill said. The elder Mr. Hill would drive his wife around the block and back to their home, which usually comforted her when she was disoriented.

In addition to Mrs. Horne, of the Hill District, and Mr. Hill, of New York City, Lorenzo Hill is survived by four grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, in the Hill District, with interment at Allegheny Cemetery.


Kim Lyons: or 412-263-1241.


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