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Thomas H. Hiller, 97, of Cudaback Avenue, a former upholsterer, died Friday (March 31, 1995) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.

Hiller, was born in Kent, England, and moved to Strathroy, Ont., when he was 8. He learned the upholstery trade in Strathroy and moved to Niagara in 1921, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1923.

Hiller served in the Canadian Army and was assigned as an honor guard to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the Clifton Hill area of Niagara Falls, Ont. During World War I, he was a prisoner of war.

He was a self-employed upholsterer and worked for the Pierce Arrow Automobile Co. and Kittinger Furniture, both in Buffalo.

Hiller was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where he served as an usher, and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. In the early 1950s, he was manager of the Veterans Club on Falls Street, and in the 1970s he was executive vice president of the Republican Committee of Niagara Falls and a member of the Toastmasters.

Hiller enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rose V. Ticconi, and a sister, Gladys Franklin of San Diego, Calif.

A memorial service will be arranged in St. Peter's Church.


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