BELFAST — Robert “Bob” Hills, 53, died unexpectedly on Oct. 19, 2022, at home with his wife Dayne by his side. He was born April 22, 1969, to Carl and Barbara (Fuller) Hills.

Robert grew up in Belfast, attended local schools and graduated from Belfast Area High School and Washington County Vocational Technical Institute in Calais, where he received a two-year accreditation in auto mechanics and obtained his CDL. Most recently he was reemployed with the city of Belfast Public Works Department.

Bob married Dayne Beckett on Dec. 13, 2014, and shared their home with her two sons, Joshua and Dylan Chase, along with her grandson Ryan who affectionately called him Grampa. Bob raised and cherished his two dogs, Shadow and Shieba, as children who predeceased him.

Robert’s greatest love was his family; he stayed closely connected with his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews; he always gave unwavering support and lent an ear when needed. He enjoyed his garage, which was a work in progress that he mostly constructed himself. Bob liked to deer hunt and was looking forward to some bird hunting. One of Bob’s favorite pasttimes for a few years was racing his No. 25 Charger at Unity Raceway and most recently getting back to vintage car racing.  He was excited to be back with old racing friends, fans in the stands, and of course the Pit Crew. Bob brought a smile to many with his dry sense of humor.

Robert is survived by his loving wife Dayne; his parents, Carl and Barbara Hills of Searsmont; brother Alan and wife Donna of Searsmont; sisters Carla and Mohammad Beladi of Dedham, Mass., and Lori-Anne Wilson of Gray; his nieces and nephews, Sarah and Jonathan, Faried and Kristina, Mallory and Cody, and Neil; and mother-in-law Denise Beckett of Belfast; along with a large extended family with many cousins and best buddies.

Family and friends are invited to a time for visitation from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast with a funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. and burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searsmont at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Searsmont Town Office beginning at 3 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.

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