In Memory of

Edward

Hill

Obituary for Edward Hill

Edward (Ed) John Hill, 90, retired Superintendent #979, of Peterborough, Ontario passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 24, 2024.

Ed was born in Toronto on June 11, 1933, to Arthur James (Jim) and Ellen Hill. After high school, he decided to become an electrician and found a job as an apprentice. In the mid-1950’s, he and his parents moved to Dundalk, Ontario to manage a farm they had purchased. Ed worked hard and learned so much about the intricacies of raising livestock and crop fields.

In 1960, Ed met Darla at a local dance near the farm and within a year they were engaged and married. Ed decided to follow the path of his father and uncle and become a police officer. He joined the Metro Toronto Police force and began his law enforcement career. Living in Scarborough in their first home, Darla and Ed welcomed three children, Matthew, Katherine (Kathy), and Valerie.

Ed spent a number of years at 14 Division in downtown Toronto (Old Toronto) and excelled in this busy and culturally dynamic community. On Oct. 12, 1966, Ed was on duty and involved in a hold-up at a beer store. During the pursuit of the robbers, Ed and his partner were shot at and his partner wounded. Ed obtained assistance and his partner was taken to hospital immediately. The heroism of the two police constables was recognized by Her Majesty the Queen. Ed and his partner were both awarded The British Empire Medal for bravery in 1968, presented to them by the Governor General in Ottawa, Ontario.

Ed moved up the ranks and worked in several areas of the police service including being detective in the Homicide Squad. Some of his top cases included the investigation of RCMP officer, Patrick Kelly, who was convicted of killing his wife Jeannette at the Palace Pier condominiums in 1981. In 1990, as the Inspector in charge of the Homicide Squad, he oversaw the case of the death of Elizabeth Bain who was found murdered near the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. The Bain case had a personal connection as Elizabeth and her family had been long-time neighbours of Ed and his family.

Outside of his work, Ed took up running as a hobby. He was a natural at it. Despite the unique hours working on a case, he always trained faithfully and began entering 5k and 10k races. Soon, his passion for running expanded and he was participating in half and full marathons in cities such as New York and Ottawa.

In 1991, Ed married Kathaleen (Kay) and began planning his retirement. In 1993, after 32 years of police service, Ed started a new chapter of his life and focused more on his love of long-distance running and charitable work. He and Kay participated in the Torch Run annually that saw Ed running across Canada to raise money for the Special Olympics. Ed and Kay moved to Peterborough, Ontario and entertained family and friends regularly at their lake-side home.

Ed enjoyed his retirement years reading and watching his favourite baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays. He loved to travel, listen to old country music, and restore antique cedar boats. His workshop and garden were his havens. Ed always enjoyed a home-cooked meal shared with family and stories from years past and his daughter Kathy’s homemade cookies.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the health professionals at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for all their care, especially, Dr. Butan, the Dialysis team where Ed visited three times a week, and nurses Kim, Devyn, Mary Ellen, and Danielle in B2 where Ed’s last few weeks were spent.

Ed is predeceased by his parents, Jim and Ellen and brother, Arthur James II (Art), and sister-in-law, Lorraine Hill.

He is survived by his wife Kay, children Matthew, Kathy, and Valerie (David), his one precious grandchild, Sophia, stepchildren, Greg, Steve, and Trudi, nieces and nephews, Barbara, Jim, Elizabeth, Joe, Dorothy, Jaime, and Drew.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm at Ashburnham Funeral Home, 840 Armour Road, Peterborough, Ontario.

Ed will be interred at St. George’s Parish Sibbald Point, 408-410 Hedge Road, Sutton West, Ontario later in May. A church service, interment, and reception at The Briar’s Spa and Resort will be held for family and friends at that time. A final date and details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Special Olympics, The Kidney Foundation, or a charity of choice.