Harry "Jiggie" Hill, an ironworker with Ironworkers Local 9 for more than 50 years, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 77.
He was born on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario and attended schools in Canada.
Mr. Hill retired as an ironworker in 1992.
He was a Mohawk singer and a volunteer fireman in Oshweken, Ont. He also was president of the Indian Defense League for 25 years and was one of the founding members of the Seven Clan Group.
Mr. Hill played lacrosse with the Tuscarora team and hockey for Ken Currie Motors in the Alumni League.
He was a hunter and gardener, submitting his vegetables to the Indian Village at the New York State Fair.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Beverly Rickard; four sons, Andrew C. and Alec D., both of the Tuscarora Nation, and Harry R. and Arnold "Curt," both of Oshweken; five daughters, Marilyn Isaacs of Onondaga, Tracy Rickard of the Tuscarora Nation, Audrey and Diane, both of Oshweken, and Rhea Skye of Cornwall, Ont.; a sister, Ruth Isaac of Oshweken; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services were today in the family home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lewiston.