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John Michael Hillard

January 21, 1942 September 5, 2021
John Michael Hillard
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John Michael Hillard passed away in his home of Lancaster, SC on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at the age of 79. John was born in Easton, PA to parents Julia and John Hillard. He was one of 8 siblings. John was a hardworking, independent man who enjoyed the simpler things in life. He loved to spend his free time with his family, a morning cup of coffee, doing yard work, taking walks, watching football and he was always looking for a new project around the house to work on. He would often say "when you stop moving, you stop living”. And true to his word, always found something to keep himself busy. He worked as a machinist for 30+ years at a company called Air Tech and retired at the age of 75. He lived in Jersey City and Moonachie NJ before moving to South Carolina 4 years ago.

John is predeceased by his second wife Palma and siblings Steve, Virginia, Joan, Donny.

He is survived by his first wife, Faith Herman and siblings Harold Hillard, Maryanne Geller and Michael Hillard. Survived by children, Patricia Hillard, Evelyn Houghtaling, John Hillard, Mark Hillard, Kelly Hillard (deceased), Tracey Hillard, Carmella Liket, Danielle and husband Jorge Dardon, Samantha and husband Frank Tucci. Survived by grandchildren, Christopher, Tricia, James, Nicole, Trista, Olivia, Johnathan, Jessica, Louis, Nicholas, Cadence, Mason, DJ, Crystal, Destiny, Janessa, Bianca, Frankie, Maggie, and Billy. Survived by great grandchildren, Savannah, Maddox, Mackenzie, Alexa, Emma, Ellie, Eli, Dominic, Madison, Angel, and Ariel. John’s memories will live on through his beloved family and friends who will miss him dearly.

A Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "grieve not for me".
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the
good life I have lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will come through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest,
remember all, how I was truly blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin
Until the day comes when we're together again.

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