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Jack Hillie Jr., substance abuse counselor, athlete

April 23, 1949 – Aug. 27, 2013

Jack Hillie Jr., of Buffalo, a longtime substance abuse counselor who was known for his athletic ability in the 1960s on the football field and basketball court for Hutch-Tech, died Tuesday at his home after an illness left him with kidney failure. He was 62.

Mr. Hillie, a Hutchinson-Central Technical High School graduate, was a member of the Yale Cup champion basketball teams from 1965 to 1968. The team was regarded among the “best ever” by The Buffalo News sports department in a 2005 retrospective article.

Mr. Hillie received “All-High honors” in basketball and football and competed in many local basketball tournaments. He was a member of the award-winning team at a 1968 tournament in Sharon, Pa.

After high school, Mr. Hillie went on to attend Erie Community College and Buffalo State College before receiving a basketball scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Superior, where he graduated in 1976 and later earned a master’s degree in social work.

Mr. Hillie settled in Delray Beach, Fla., and was employed as a substance abuse counselor for 20 years. There, he was promoted to lead counselor and oversaw government compliance.

After battling health issues, Mr. Hillie returned to Buffalo.

He enjoyed gardening and sports, considering himself an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Miami Heat.

Mr. Hillie is survived by two sons, Jack III and Samuel; four sisters, Deborah, Sheree McClure, Inez Baker and Kimberley Ashley; and a brother, Gary.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday in the Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave.

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