Alex Hill had his 95th birthday in February 20 this year, surrounded by friends and family.
Alex Hill had his 95th birthday in February 20 this year, surrounded by friends and family. Contributed

Famous Monto baker remembered fondly

ALEXANDER Roland Hill (February 20 1922-August 21 2017) was born in Gayndah to Arthur Roland Hill and Sarah Jane Faulks.

Alex was the fifth of seven children and the last surviving member of his family.

The family moved to Monto in 1925 and his father established his first business in the town.

Alex learned the baking trade from his father and continued this work until 1943 when he proudly joined the Air Force at age 21.

He served in New Guinea with 30 Squadron. The squadron flew Beaufighters and was involved in the Battle of Bismarck Sea.

Alex was very proud of the time he spent with 30 Squadron.

He was discharged from the Air Force in 1946.

Prior to discharge Alex married Esme Sommerfield and they settled in Bundaberg, building a house in Hurst St.

They welcomed two sons, Malcom in 1946 and Selwyn in 1948.

During this time Alex worked as a baker at John Beyers Bakery in Woongarra St.

In 1950 Alex and Esme decided to purchase the bakery, cordial factory and mixed business from his Uncle Frank in Abercorn.

Two years later, his daughter Sandra was welcomed into the family.

Alex's bread making skills made him famous to the little town of Abercorn and surrounding Monto district.

He had the reputation of baking the best loaves of bread and the locals referred to him as Hilly the Baker.

Nineteen years later, in 1969, the family moved back to Bundaberg where they lived in Auer St, Kepnock.

Alex left baking behind and went to work for Holden City, later moving to Massey Ferguson until he retired.

Alex and Esme divorced and Alex later married Betty Modrow, nee Sleemann. Alex and Betty were well suited and spent considerable time travelling. They both loved life and enjoyed square dancing, indoor bowls, playing cards and going on bus trips.

Alex and Betty moved to Stuart St, North Bundaberg, where they made some lovely neighbourhood friends.

A later move saw them relocate to retirement living at Liberty Villas at East Bundaberg.

As Alex's health deteriorated they both moved to Blue Care Pioneer Home.

Alex's happy personality brought a smile to many a face every day.

Alex lived his 95 years to the fullest and was a proud father of three, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of nine.

Compiled using information from Alex's family.


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