ROCKLAND — Steven Hiller was the embodiment of community service.

And with the Rotary motto being “Service above self,” the Rockland Rotary awarded posthumously its “Community Person of the Year” to Steven Hiller. His family was presented the plaque Thursday evening, June 30, at the Elks Lodge.

Steven Hiller

Hiller died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, April 2 at the age of 65.

Rotary President Ferolyn Curtis noted Hiller grew up on Holmes Street and had a special place in his heart for the South End of Rockland. He had a long career in food service, working at Sampson’s, Shop n’ Save, IGA, and Maritime Farms, before he purchased Southend Grocery at 67 Main St. in 1995.

“With countless donations, hours organizing fundraisers, assisting with auctions and hundreds of other deeds that went unnoticed or recognized, Steve poured his heart and soul into helping others,” Rotary President Ferolyn Curtis said.

Hiller also coached youth sports throughout his life.

Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary also honored the “Rotarian of the Year,” naming Kermit Voncannon.

Curtis cited Voncannon’s willingness to reach out and offer help on various projects throughout the year.

Curtis also highlighted accomplishment of the Rockland Rotary during the past year, including raising $28,000 for the Inclusive Playground being planned for MacDougal Park.

The organization raised a total of $59,000 throughout the year for programs it supports.

Doug Curtis Jr., left, has been district governor for the Rotary which covers Maine and Quebec.