In Memory of

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Rod Hills

The family of Rod Hills are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a dear and much loved husband, father, son and brother whilst on a walking holiday with friends in Scotland on Friday June 24th 2022.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to record any memories, messages and/or photos that you may like to share with us on this site.

Entirely without obligation, if you would like to make a charitable donation in Rod’s memory to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and/or the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, then this can be done online through the following link: 

Charitable Donations in Memory of Rod Hills 

or alternatively, cheques made payable to the relevant charity may be sent c/o Colin Hayley & Tapper Funeral Service, 257 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 5FD.

With love and thanks.

Rachel Hills

Book Owner: Rachel Hills
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Jeremy Green

Dear Rachel and family, I cannot believe that Rod has passed away, I am so sorry for you all and of course anyone who knows him. Rod is someone who had that amazing knack of being able to make an instant – and positive – impression.  I’ve got clients who have known Rod for …

Fiona Macrae

Dear Rachel, Sam and Emily It is still so difficult to comprehend that I am writing this. Rod was without question one of the most talented people I have ever worked with but it his warmth, kindness, enthusiasm and lust for life that I will miss the most. I am so sad to lose …

Brigid Brennan

Dear Rachel, Sam & Emily,  I write this after seeing you all at the Memorial Service and then at the Cliff House. What a wonderful testament to Rod and indeed all of you that was. The poems Sam and Emily chose were so perfect; the eulogies brilliant in content and delivery. Those of us …

Silvia Piai

Rod you had the unique gift of lifting everyone up. You were an outstanding colleague, but mostly a great friend. You will live in my hearts and memories forever. Wishing your family comfort, strength and love for the days and weeks ahead. I’ll be praying for all of you. …

The Biancardis

Rod was one of those extra special people with kind of naturally magnetic, infectious energy you could sense in the room before he spoke (which never took long!).  Our lives are richer for Rod being part of the family and we wish for a different reality where he’s still here with you.  With our …

Karl Handscombe

Dear Rachel, Sam and Emily, We were all so shocked and deeply sadenned to hear about Rod’s sudden and tragic passing. I had the good fortune of helping to coach our boys rugby with him for many years and have very fond memories of a funny, passionate and incredibly enthusiastic man. His support and …

Kathryn & Toby Darkins

It is so sad to say goodbye to such a lovley man. A person who was so easy to like and be with, we could talk travel, food and a whole load of rubbish constantly, even after long periods apart. To steal (and butcher) a line from his wedding speech – Like the man …

Helena Chappell

I had the Privilege to work with Rod for 18 years.  There are many things I could say about how wonderful he was but what always stood out to me was how generous he was with his time and his knowledge.  He would share his knowledge enthusiastically with anyone who took the time to …


I was always Mr Chapman for Rod, we at home in Madrid have many memories of Rod from school and his trips out to Madrid, always smiling with a bounce in his step   One of last occasions that I saw Rod was after receiving a phone call from Jon, do you think that …

Steve Lynes

I hadn’t seen Rod for a few years which now very much provides me with a huge sense of personal regret. Whilst I obviously knew Rod during our school days, I got to know him considerably better in the years after.  Someone who showed genuine interest and care for others, Rod mixed sage advice …
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