Mr Derrick Robert Hills

HILLS, Derrick Robert – passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

Derrick Hills, of Braintree,  Essex, son of John Herbert Hills and Flossie Elizabeth Hills (nee Pells) beloved husband of 53 years to Eleanor Hills (nee Jones).  Proud and wonderful father of Kenneth (Lisa Lo Conte), Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and, Robert (Mairi Parsons), Didcot, Oxfordshire.  Grandfather, to Alexander, Ana and Elliot. 

A retired Solicitor, Derrick loved to spend time at Harlow Cricket club watching games that often involved players that had risen through the ranks of the Colts to the senior teams. After a long career in Law, beginning upon leaving school at the age of 14 and rising to Partner at the firm, Attwater & Liell, Derrick and Eleanor retired in Harlow where he continued his involvement in Harlow Cricket Club though several officer positions and carried out volunteer work on behalf the St Clare Hospice.

Derrick and Eleanor were congregants at the David Livingstone United Reformed Church where Derrick acted as Secretary and Elder. On moving to Braintree Derrick and Eleanor attended Ecumenical Services at The Church in Great Notley.

               In lieu of flowers Derrick has asked that as an expression of sympathy, donations be made to St Clare Hospice.    

Charity details

St Clare West Essex Hospice Care Trust

The work of St Clare is about helping those affected by life-limiting illnesses to have the best quality of life.

Registered Number 1063631

Messages of condolence

In Memory of Derrick, Whom I worked for a long time up until he retired. I have no doubt he will be Sorely missed by Eleanor and the rest of the family .

Mr & Mrs Pat & Den Peachey

The true definition of the word gentleman. Many happy memories of having bowling lessons in the garage (was always raining), to enjoying lunches at the Toby or their home. Will be greatly missed.

Mr Peter Jones

Such an inspiring true gentleman. He gave so much to so many people and was a great caring Godfather. Thank you Derrick for your care and guidance throughout our lives. I will miss our talks putting the world to rights and sport. God bless

Mrs Veronica Jones

In loving memory of a wonderful Godfather. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace 'Granddad' Derrick. Libby, Adam and Chloe xxx

Mrs Libby Binks

With happy childhood memories of uncle Derrick, with love from Sarah, Chris and Kate

Mr Christopher Hills

With deepest sympathy on your great loss to Eleanor, Kenneth, Robert and their families Ann Bogle

Mrs Ann Bogle

In memory of my very old friend and colleague

Mr Frederick Bard

My Husband, Billy and I offer our sincere condolences at this sad time for your family. I worked with Derrick for many years and he was one of the kindest people I knew.

Mrs Brenda Webb

I was articled to Derrick when I trained as a solicitor at Attwater & Liell and he was always very kind and supportive to me. I became a partner in the firm soon after qualifying and therefore Derrick and I were partners in the firm together for many years. He was a person of great integrity and always put the interests of his clients first. He set me a great example! After he retired we remained in touch and saw him and Eleanor quite a few times after they moved to Braintree. This was always a great pleasure. We would talk about many things, including Canada where one of our sons and his family now live. My wife, Liz, and I offer our condolences to all the family at this time of your very sad loss.

Mr David Kerry

Service details

Cremation Service

09 January, 2020 13:30

Three Counties Crematorium

Halstead Road, High Garrett, Braintree, CM7 5PB


09 January, 2020 14:30

The New Deanery Care Home

Deanery Hill , Bocking , CM7 5SR