Gregory Chatfield Hill
Oct. 9, 1954 - June 3, 2020
Greg “The Grave Digger” Hill, 65, formerly of North Branford, CT passed away on June 3, 2020. Greg was born in New Haven, CT on October 9, 1954. He proudly grew up in North Branford and played on numerous baseball teams for the town as a left handed pitcher. He was a history enthusiast, a NY Yankee & Patriots fan, a pool player, and a lover of classic cars (his favorite being the 1959 Corvette that he once owned). He was a former Connecticut State Police Auxiliary officer in the late 70’s. He was the head lunch chef at Beefsteak Tavern for many years. However, most of all he loved being an employee of Shelley Brothers Monuments for almost 27 years. He would proudly state he was “the last person to let you down” and that he would “stand on top” of his work. During his time at Shelley Brothers he dug graves, cut stone, and made many monuments such as the North Branford Youth Memorial and Vietnam memorials. He was the loving father of Gregory Chatfield Hill Jr., his daughter Jennifer Hill Gould, his son-in-law Jeffrey Gould, and most importantly his granddog Mika the German Shepherd. He is also survived by the love of his life, Molly Flannigan (Baldo); together for 14 years, along with their cat Mia. He is also survived by his sister, Alta Gochnauer, her husband Richard Gochnauer, their children, Richard W., Sara, and Seth, his niece Dianna Dennis, his brother Ward Hill and wife Kathy, as well as many other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father Ward P. Hill and mother Tessa Hill (Naimo), and his sister Debra Hill Crabtree. He was a cherished friend of Ed and Louise Parshall, and many others at Bella Vista. He loved and was loved by the many teams he coached, the nurses he encountered, dogs he watched (especially Jenny), and all the bridesmaids at his daughter’s wedding. A graveside burial will be held June 12, 2020 at Bare Plains Cemetery for close family and friends. Please contact his daughter Jennifer Hill Gould for more information.
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