Hill, Dorothy Rhea of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, at her late residence, in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Jack Taylor and the late Kenneth Hill. Dearly loved mother of James Taylor (Connie) of St. Thomas, late Robert Taylor (Donna of London), Kim Hill (Donna) of St. Thomas and Jan Hill (Monica) of London. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Dorothy was the last of the Simons family. Predeceased by a brother Lloyd Simons and 4 sisters Eleanor Jamieson, Jean Proctor, Betty Crandell and Margaret Turner. Dorothy was born in St. Thomas on January 3rd, 1924, the daughter of the late Mary (Doxtator) (Simons) Fisher and the late Lloyd Simons. She was retired from the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital. Dorothy was a member of the Sweet Adeline’s over 25 years and also sang in the St. Thomas Psychiatric Choir.
Dorothy had requested a private family graveside service and no visitation. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas in charge of arrangements.
The Williams Funeral Home was founded in 1893 by P.R. Williams and is one of the oldest Funeral businesses in the province. Over the next seven decades the business was passed down through several generations in the Williams Family. In the eariler years they occupied a number of different buildings along Talbot Street and in 1929 they purchased the building at 45 Elgin Street, from which they still operate.
In 1966, Gordon Hughson, who had operated the Hughson Funeral Home in Aylmer for the previous twenty one years, purchased the funeral home and continued the long tradition of dedication and service. Currently, the funeral home is operated by his sons, Allan and Gary Hughson.