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  • 35 years old
  • Born on August 9, 1982 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.
  • Passed away on February 25, 2018 in Reston, Virginia, United States.

Washington Post death notice: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=brian-hill&pid=188418759

BRIAN DAVID HILL Died unexpectedly on February 25, 2018 in Reston, Virginia. Brian was the son of Jonathan Milton Hill and Dale Witham Miller Hill of Bethesda, Maryland. Brian was born on August 9, 1982 in Washington DC, where he attended the Lab School of Washington. From 1993 to 1996 he lived with his family in Ankara, Turkey. On his return to the US, Brian graduated from Newport high school (HS) where he took special interest in science, writing and art. As a teen, he was active with his family at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Brian obtained his BS degree in biology from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2005, and later obtained certificates in biotechnology and phlebotomy from Montgomery College. Brian was an avid Boy Scout, both in the US and Turkey. He enjoyed outdoor activities, including camping, ski racing and river rafting. He took part in the Boy Scout national high-adventure programs at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and the Florida Keys Sea base. He also participated in Tae Kwon Do classes with his father and sister, and at Newport High School.

In college, Brian performed martial arts demonstrations in Asian culture festival performances. After college and between jobs, he volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Beacon House, and BoystoMen. In later years, Brian enjoyed the art of "fire spinning" which delighted his younger cousins and other spectators. He was well read and particularly liked Stephen King, R.L Stine, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as graphic artist books and Japanese Anime films. Brian also enjoyed motorcycle riding with his girlfriend, Mari Spina.

Brian touched many lives. In 2012 and 2013, he took time out from work to care for his ill mother and grandmother. He enjoyed playing games and discussing biology with his younger cousins, and was a devoted companion to the family's four cats. He was part of a personal growth community, where he inspired members with his volunteerism and teachings. As a "Master Trainee" in this community, he helped many find inner peace and fulfillment, including those afflicted by addictions. In addition to his parents, Dale and Jonathan Hill, Brian is survived by his sister, Diana Hill Woolner and her husband, David Woolner; by his aunts and uncles, Edward and Zhongyan Miller, Jean and Gregory Frane, John and Gray Miller, Pat and Louis Lucibello, Linda Hill, Deborah Hill, Suzanne and Marc Krauss; and by cousins, Alison and Alec Frane, Jason Lucibello, Marshall Miller and wife, Brandy Cunningham, Rachel and Ian Krauss, David, Eric, Adam and Matthew Miller; and great- aunts Margaret and Christine Miller. Brian was predeceased by his grandparents, Jean Hudson and Edward McCarthy Miller, Sr., Marie McLinden Hill Campbell and Jack Milton Hill.

A memorial service will be held on April 21 at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (www.RRUUC.org) at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Boy Scouts of America (www.scouting.org) or the U.S. Humane Society (www. HumaneSociety.org).

Posted by Jonathan Hill on 15th June 2018
Brian we miss you. Dad
Posted by Joy Behrens on 16th April 2018
Dear Hill Family, my sincerest condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Amanda Crotty on 15th April 2018
Big Eyes Loud Laugh Good Heart; Brian from a younger sister’s friend point of view macaroni and cheese? video games trampoline adored by cats working at the computer, walking around the house, enjoying pizza all together. appreciator of granola bars job at the outdoor sporty store the college of new jersey athletic martial arts smart adored by cats Big eyes Loud laugh Good heart high kicks no low blows… not really motivated hobby-riffic not bad. I liked his company. I wasn’t supposed to say that, but i did. Once there wasn’t any more urgent girly stuff to talk about, once we’d gotten that out of the way … It was nice to have a male presence in the room for a while. Not oppressive or mean, just not girly. Plus he was kind; he didn’t attack insecurities (as a teen i was insecure about all things, they would have been an easy target) that just was not his style. Even though it wasn’t my job as the little sister’s friend to have many long talks with Brian, i remember he always had a really creative way of contemplating, and an interesting way of talking about things. It was a really nice special casual kind evening, to get to join in family dinner with the Hills. BRIAN & DIANA Good brother Tight bond comfortable honest companions.. inside jokes that could somehow be funny to outsiders ..(or not, too, heheheh:) The mutual respect between siblings was strong and obvious, but not in a mushy over-way. In a hilarious way, in a active way, in a level of reliability, or of caring what each other was up to… like even to energetically listen to the other about activities they weren’t as interested in themselves (unless it was a good joke at the time to sound bored and monotone) And they did poke fun at each other too it was pretty good. I know Diana could tell way better about their bond, or even a family member with more proximity. But i’m just trying to offer an ‘outsider’s’ view. They were close. They did a lot together Lots of mutual interests and time spent doing all sorts of stuff together, From the athletic to the vegetative!! comfortable companionship. Perhaps it was those travels so young to help form them that bond? That tight comfort with one another after swirling past so many others a world away for years… Or maybe it’s just a Brian & Diana thing, and would have been so no matter what.
Posted by Alison Frane on 3rd April 2018
Brian was always genuine, and enthusiastic about learning all kinds of things and gaining new skills, and I know he brought joy to many people's lives. I felt I was just getting to know him better as we were discovering some mutual interests, and it saddens me so much to know all that was cut short: all his connections to people, friends and family, the things he never got to learn, the people who will never get to meet him.
Posted by Dale Hill on 22nd March 2018
Brian enjoyed being caretaker of our rose garden and other flowers. He used to tell me how roses require special care. It is the kind of thing he would research, to do it right. One summer he worked for a friend at our church taking care of her flower and vegetable garden while she was on vacation. She remembers his hard work that summer.
Posted by Mari Spina on 13th March 2018
"I loved Brian very much! We had many dreams and plans together. I considered him my soul mate. In West VA, he helped me pick a piece property we were going to build a retirement home on. He was planning to take a motorcycle class and we were saving to buy him a bike so we could ride together this summer. We knew Dale wanted grand kids so he developed a fertility plan we could use; after all he was a fine Biologist. Clearly, we were becoming life partners. I met Brian at a group gathering in a personal growth group. He was very strong and confident then, a man of great faculty, stamina, dreams, and aspirations. After all, he could fearlessly control fire and safety was always top on his mind. He had a certain beautiful smile I called a smolder in recognition of the fire inside him. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. It brought me and many others up. He also operated only from the heart, always honest, loving, and concerned for me and his friends. He had many friends who adored him. He was, you might say, adorable. He was on top of his life game. He owned my heart almost immediately.  But he struggled with his job as a biology lab technician. I spent many night consoling him. When he would tell me he felt outcast at work, I would tell him, "Show them your beauty, let them see your heart, and they will adore you as I do"! When he became depressed after losing that job around Xmas time, I would hold him and tell him, "Just hang on to me as tightly as you can baby. This will pass and we will get through it together, you and I!" Every night, I would hold him in bed, and I would tell him, "You are my beauty. You make me beautiful. You make the world beautiful. I love you!". Ultimately, in his death, I believe he felt comforted at my house and he knew I would be there to comfort him. In some odd but loving way, I am honored he died at home with me. I was raised Christian so the notions of heaven and hell were ground into me. But with Brian, the Christian teaching were turned on their head. Though Brian did not believe in heaven, I know in my heart god took him there quickly. I have a sixth sense in matters of this sort and I am 100% convinced. I also have some sense for reincarnation though I do not know the teachings of the Budda. I believe that it is the evolved souls that over time choose the hardest life incarnations. When I looked into Brian's soul, I saw one of the most evolved, kindest, and loving souls I have ever known. If he is reincarnated, he is bringing beauty and happiness to the world and those he touches as he did to me. Rest in piece my beauty, my sweet love. I know we will meet again in heaven or on earth. I will know your soul when I see it. It will stand out as a shining light of beauty, grace, and love."
Posted by Camrin Emmons on 10th March 2018
I knew Brian for several years. He was a very sweet person. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Ann Murdoch on 9th March 2018
Through clouds’ billow and tower a golden light did shine And glanced upon a heart of a friend of mine He brought her joy and sweet caress A reprieve from this life’s duress He owned the fire, made it his A gentle touch, a red hot kiss Too soon gone, so much undone He laughed, he lived, he loved someone

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