Thomas Andrew Hill, Sr.

Entrepreneur, 70Thomas Andrew Hill, Sr., of Seaside, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at his home in Seaside.

Mr. Hill was born Sept. 5, 1934 in Seaside, to Carl & Eugene (Abrams) Hill.

Mr. Hill graduated from Seaside High School, then joined the U.S. Army, serving for six years, followed by 10 years with the National Guard. He was a member of the Seaside American Legion, Post 99.

He married Gloria Miranda, Oct. 27, 1979 in Portland.

Family members said Mr. Hill was a lifelong entrepreneur, always living the ideal of being his own boss. He was a Realtor at his mother's brokerage in Seaside, and ran his own brokerage in Astoria from 1967 to 1974. He was a carpenter in his father's construction company; and later became an independent contractor.

The career he loved most was being a commercial fisherman, crabber and clam digger, which he had done since his teenage years, family members said. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Seaside in the 1950s and '60s. His wife continues with their most recent venture, Tom & Gloria's Espresso Stand at Fort Stevens State Park

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hill is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Andrew II and Megan Hill of Vancouver, Wash.; one daughter, Carla Jean Hill Hayes of Springfield; one stepdaughter, Joann Vallerino of Los Angeles; and five grandchildren, Tonja Hill of Springfield, Abigail Hayes of Portland, Drew Ziolkowski of Longview, Wash., Chris Ayala of Pico Rivera, Calif., and Rocky Ferrero of Whittier, Calif.; one brother, Patrick Hill of Longview; .a sister-in-law Dianna Salicado of Whittier; and many other relatives

A service will be held at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Seaside. A reception will follow. Burial will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory, 220 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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