Russell Eugene Hill, 76, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was called home to be with The Lord on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.
He was the beloved husband of the late Loris DuBois Hill and devoted father of Holly Hill-Little and the late Todd R. Hill.
Russell was a native of New Castle, and was born March 22, 1941, to the late James Porter Hill and Ruth Engs Hill.
He graduated from New Castle High School in 1959, and enlisted in the Army after completing two years at Youngstown State University. He served with the Army Security Agency for more than two years and then returned to YSU, where he received a bachelor's degree in sociology.
He then worked with the Diocesan School Board of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Office of Economic Opportunity and CHARGE Inc.
He had also served as director of the West Side Community Action Center, was the community organization specialist for the New Castle Redevelopment Authority and had served as the relocation director of the Sharon Redevelopment Center.
He was president of the Union for Human and Urban Revitalization and Upgrading (known as UHURU), a nonprofit dedicated to getting low and moderate income housing on the West Side in the 1970s.
Before relocating to Massachusetts, he worked for the National Center for Low and Moderate Income Housing in Washington, D.C.
In 1984, Russell founded his own commercial real estate company, R.E. Hill and Company Inc. The firm is New England's only African-American firm dedicated exclusively to providing commercial real estate services to both public and private sector clients throughout the greater Boston area. For more than two decades, the firm provided a wide range of integrated services to clients from tenant representation to space planning and construction management. The firm has leased or sold more than five million square feet of office, R&D, warehouse, institutional and retail space.
Russell was a devout member of Greater Framingham Community Church, where he participated in the men's choir and served as chairman of the renovation committee.
He is survived by his daughter, Holly Hill-Little and son-in-law, Dr. Raymond Little; a granddaughter, Tiffany Little; a grandson, Malcolm Little of Kingwood, Texas; and his brother, James Edward Hill and sister-in-law Joan Hill of Silver Spring, Maryland. He is also survived by a host of other family members and friends who adored him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin St., Framingham, MA. Private entombment will take place at Edgell Grove Cemetery Mausoleum.
Published on December 8, 2017