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also imprinted on my skull were the words “Toyota Hiace, Serial Number” • He was the person who took me all over Melbourne on frosty mornings to play Hockey. • He was the one who would drive all over Adelaide to pick me up after 8 Ball at some random University Campus. • He was the person who took me to Computer Bazaars and Stamp Collecting Fairs. Nothing ever seemed to much trouble for him. • And he was the person who had a vision for a family business that would allow him the opportunity to see his family grow and expand over the last 17 years we have been operating in Berri. • Not long after we moved to Berri, Dad was asked by a bowling club member if he would take up the sport. He asked me if I wanted him to join up. Being a young bloke without much idea my response was “Dad, I live with you and I work with you, I don’t really want to bowl with you too.” Despite this we did have a handful of night owls games together just before his diagnosis with thyroid cancer which I believe he thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for everything Dad.” TRLA SA When exactly I met Paul Hill is lost in the mists of time. It may have been at one of the many successful TwinClean Conventions which TRLA SA hosted. In the 90s I went to Berri to do a story for the NATIONAL on Paul and Janet Hill, and meet the innovative family which had bought Werner Linen Service from Ron and Joyce Werner in 1997. It was typical of Paul that he never considered changing the name of the company, preferring to confer respect on the man who mentored him on the country style of laundering, which involved such challenges as pulling water from the Murray River and purifying it before use. I was at the TRLA SA Seminar in 1999 when Paul had the unalloyed pleasure of conferring the association’s inaugural Life Membership on Ron Werner, and his affection for the man who had done a stint as President for TRLA SA, and had served on the national council including the Anti OPL Committee, was clear. Paul always put a lot of thought into any address he made. In 2014 Mario Marini, President of TRLA SA, had that same warm pleasure in presenting Paul Hill with Long Service Award, though it was undoubtedly tempered by the inevitability of Paul’s coming death. It was always a joy to see the Hill Clan in action at a Seminar. They all came: babies, kids, and are an integral part of the organisation of every event. Paul Hill often spoke at the Seminars and garnered great respect for his willingness to share his experiences, and solutions to problems and we published many of his papers over the years. His networking was legendary, and several speakers at seminars, including the 2014 Convention which he was unable to attend, attested to the respect they have for the laundry industry due to their close, frequent conversations with Paul. This includes MPs, many of whom have opened the Seminar from year to year, not just as an obligation but clearly primed by Paul about the structure and about the needs of the laundry industry. Paul was very open about his situation, and right up to within weeks of his death enjoyed receiving his many friends at the home he and Janet shared for so many years. Paul Hill lived right up until he died. Throughout his life he was an inspiration to many people in our industry, he was equally inspiring in how he chose to leave us. Our sincere condolences to Janet and Family, and Paul’s many friends. He is missed. n THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 35 Mario Marini presenting TRLA SA Long and Distinguished Service Award to Paul Hill. The Hill Family at one of the many great TRLA SA Conferences, which they always had a big hand in making a success.
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