Libraries, churches, animal shelter to benefit from Rockland woman's will

By Stephen Betts | Feb 01, 2019
Vera Hill left bequests to several Rockland and Camden nonprofits in her will.

Rockland — Libraries and churches in Rockland and Camden, and the animal shelter in Thomaston, will benefit from the will of a Rockland woman who died last year at the age of 92.

Vera June Hill left the organizations significant bequests in memory of her late husband, John Hill, and her late brother, George VanTassel.

Vera Hill died April 18, 2018, at her home in Rockland.

The Rockland Public Library will receive $150,000, said Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell. Hill's will had left 15 percent of her estate to the city library.

The bequest to the Rockland library was made in memory of VanTassel.

This is the second large bequest to the Rockland library in the past year. Last year, the library received $205,000 from the estate of Edward Coffin.

Hill also left 15 percent of her estate to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. Based on the Rockland library share, this would mean the humane society also will receive $150,000.

Ten percent was left to the Camden Public Library.

Ten percent was left to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland in memory of her brother and 10 percent to St.Thomas' Episcopal Church in Camden in memory of her husband.

Ten percent was left to the Sangerville Public Library in memory of her husband's parents, Richard and Gladys Hill.

Another 5 percent was left to the Abner Ware Lodge of Masons in Sangerville in memory of Richard and John Hill.

And 25 percent was left to the College of Engineering at the University of Maine in memory of her husband.

Other, smaller amounts were left to several individuals.

Hill and her husband had no children.

Hill was born Vera June VanTassel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1926. She and her brother attended and graduated from a one-room schoolhouse in Royalton, New Brunswick, according to her obituary.

During World War II, she worked for the Canadian Red Cross. After the war, she moved with her mother and brother to Brookline, Mass. Her mother purchased a home on Newbury Street and created a business renting rooms for income.

It was in Brookline that she met her husband, who was employed at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard and had secured a rental from Vera’s mother, according to her obituary. A romance bloomed and the couple married in 1956 in Boston. They made their home in Brookline for several years before moving to Midcoast Maine, where they owned homes in Rockport and Camden, eventually retiring in Rockland.

She worked for nearly 20 years for National Sea Products in Rockland as an executive assistant and personnel manager.

Her husband had been general manager of Dragon Products in Thomaston and president of People's Heritage Bank.

He died in 2015.

Her brother died in 2003.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Feb 01, 2019 18:24

What a wonderful woman.


Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Feb 01, 2019 09:01

How generous!

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