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Gerald V. Hill

July 13, 2022

Gerald V. HillGerald V. Hill,  66, a lifetime resident of Clayton, NY, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Gerald was born in Watertown, NY on August 2, 1955, son of Robert R. and June M. (Bazinet) Hill. He graduated from Thousand Islands Central School in 1974. On December 3, 1978 he married Joedy (Niles) Hill at the Baptist Church in Clayton, NY. They were married for 44 years.

Gerald spent time working for Schell Dominy car dealership and St. Lawrence Restoration before beginning his career as a corrections officer for New York State Department of Corrections in 1987. He retired August 31, 2017 after 31 years of service at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility where he earned the nickname “G-Money” by his colleagues. After retirement, he spent time working on Grindstone Island as a caretaker for multiple families with his ”Unc” Harry Bazinet.

Gerald cherished time spent with his friends and family. He loved boating, fishing, and hunting with his sons and son-in-law. He was an avid sports fan, especially a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and he enjoyed camping with his family. He was a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge 496 and the Knights of Columbus Council 350, Clayton. For many years he was ‘Papa Gerald’ to Colton and Zoe Jones, and became ‘Bop’ to his four granddaughters.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Joedy A. Hill and his in-laws, Richard and Connie DeMott, Cape Vincent, three children and their spouses, Brayton A. Hill and wife Leann, Cape Vincent, Travis J. Hill and wife Lyndi, Cape Vincent and Megan R. Austin and husband John, Watertown, as well as 4 granddaughters, Elliana J., Juliette K., Gabriella C., Adalynn A. Hill; brother, Timmy P. Hill and wife Debbie, Clayton, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gerald was predeceased by his parents and Uncle Harry W. Bazinet.

A celebration of Gerald's life will take place on Sunday, August 14, at the Watertown Elks Lodge starting at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 or to a charity of your choice.


#46 Bud and Cheryl Gray 2022-07-31 20:37
Joedy, Megan & John, Travis & Lyndi, Brayton & LeeAnn and families.
WOW! What a shock to the community of Clayton. G was a great guy to all who knew him. He had a soft spirit, friendly, kind and caring. I pray you take comfort in the love and compassion of Jesus during this difficult time in your life. Y'all will be in our thoughts and prayers. God's blessings to all. We love you Hill family!
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#45 Laura Brown 2022-07-27 16:56
Jodi and all of Gerald’s Family,
Gerald will be so sadly miss, I will always remember his kindness, and general sole!
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#44 Jeanette Lettiere 2022-07-21 08:11
Jody and family so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband , prayers to all the family and friends that will miss him
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#43 Rod Bushey 2022-07-20 13:34
RIP ….”G” worked with him at Cape and taught Hunter Safety Training with him. A great friend and coworker and you’ll be missed!!! Condolences to the family and friends
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#42 Tammy Marshall 2022-07-20 13:08
Jody and family
I am so sorry for your loss.
I did not know Gerald, but remember the many Froggy show cases sitting behind you and chatting with your family. Hold tight to your beautiful memories. Just know he'll be watching over you and walking with you till you meet again ❤️
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#41 Lance\Karla Peterson 2022-07-20 11:29
We are so sorry about Gerald, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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#40 Rose Reff 2022-07-20 08:13
Am so sorry to hear about his passing, wishing prayers and peace
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#39 Diane Reff-Morinigo 2022-07-19 14:33
To the Hill family,

I graduated with Gerald and though I haven't seen him since then, My condolences go out to the family. I hope the memories keep him alive in your hearts. It sounds like they will.
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#38 Linda LaLonde 2022-07-18 21:28
Jody and all the family I am so sorry for your loss.
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#37 Charles Albertson 2022-07-18 20:43
My wife and I have had the pleasure ( sometimes ) of transporting Zoey from BOCES to home in the afternoon. She had such love for Pappa Gerald and couldn't wait every night for him to call or pick her up. He is leaving a massive hole in Zoey's life. I always knew him to be so caring and a genuine great grandfather to Colton and Zoey. Accept our deepest sympathy. Sue and Charlie
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