David J. Hill, of Lancaster, loved salvaging cars and houses. A retired postal worker, used car dealer and landlord, he died Saturday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 60.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1965 graduate of Lancaster High School, after which he briefly attended optometry school before being drafted into the Army. He served as a medic in Vietnam.
Returning from service, he attended the University at Buffalo, where he earned a degree in sociology in the early 1970s, according to his family.
Mr. Hill then served for about 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Lancaster. He retired in 2004.
According to his son Joshua J., Mr. Hill had a lifelong passion for purchasing old cars and restoring them. It started as a hobby he indulged in with his grandfather. Eventually, he became the owner of Hill Top Autos on Genesee Street in Alden.
"He liked to stay busy. He had a talent for looking at a car and determining how much it would cost to fix it up," his son said.
Mr. Hill also enjoyed acquiring real estate. He owned several rental properties in Lancaster and Alden. In his spare time, he was an avid hunter, skier and golfer.
In addition to his son Joshua, survivors include another son, Zachary A.; his former wife, Nancy Carroll; a brother, Larry; three sisters, Marilyn Snyder, Donna Myers and Sandra Casimino; a stepbrother, Kevin Kurtz; and two stepsisters, Kathy Bates and Donnalyn Vickers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, Lancaster.