LOTTSBURG—Jon Brinsfield Hill, 84, of Lottsburg, passed away on November 5, 2021, of complications due to COVID-19.
He was born on February 11, 1937, to Vernon Brinsfield Hill and Elizabeth Stein Hill, who preceded him in death along with his brother, Donald Vernon Hill.
Growing up in Delaware on a dairy farm, Jon worked hard alongside his father, who had his hands full with his daredevil son. Jon worked his way through college and graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in agriculture and engineering. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
After graduation, Jon worked for several corporations including Playtex and Dupont, but the corporate world was not for him. He bought a farm, Laurel Hill, in Charles City County, and quickly incorporated himself into the community. There he was very active in Wesley (Episcopal) Church.
Eventually, when farming was no longer profitable, he turned to growing timber and selling real estate. He continued in this business for 50 years and finally established an office in Callao, kindly and caringly giving many people an opportunity to buy property they could afford. He was also a mentor to many. One client said they should rename Callao “Jon Hillville.”
He never knew a stranger, had a wicked sense of humor, and loved to talk so much that his children dubbed him “The Politician.” He endeared himself to everyone he met. He was an extraordinary person, larger than life.
Jon was an avid boater. He and his wife, Page, spent many hours exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Eventually, they lived on their boat for a year and a half doing “The Great Loop,” going up the Intracoastal Waterway, across Ontario (45 locks) and the Great Lakes, up and down many rivers, and eventually crossing Lake Okeechobee in Florida and returning home by way of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Jon was a longtime Mason and a Shriner. He also belonged to the Callao Moose Lodge and the local antique car club. He was an active member of several boating organizations, including Lodge Creek Yacht Club, Lottsburg, Virginia Yacht Club, Deltaville, Halifax River Yacht Club, Daytona Beach, Fla., Marine Trawler Owners Association and the Northern Neck Sail and Power Squadron.
Jon leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Page Jones Hill; seven children (whom he often told, “Let’s compromise and do it my way.”), including Jon (JB) Hill (Trish), Joy Parker (John), Tim Hill, Johnny Hill (Karen), Charles Hill, Sam Hill (Mary Hugh) and Elizabeth Thacker (Jared); 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bobi Bogart; and several nieces and nephews.
Welch Funeral Home – Marks Chapel of Warsaw handled the arrangements.