Benford James Hilliker III
Benford James Hilliker III, 81, died on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at home with his wife of 60 years, Beverly, at his side. He is survived by his three daughters, Holly Turner (Frank), Heather Hilliker and Hope Caye (Patrick). Also, 13 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and his two sisters, Ruth Boyle, and Debbie Salvi. He was predeceased by a daughter, Hellen, his parents, Benford J. Hilliker, Jr. and Olive (Sherwood) Hilliker, his sister, Phyllis Kachinsky and brother, Terry Hilliker.
He was a Mason for the Warren Lodge in Portland, Connecticut for fifty-four years. Skip served in the United States Navy for five years, aboard the USS Hartley 1029. Upon discharge, he worked at Northeast Utilities for thirty years. He was Animal Control Officer/Constable for the town of East Hampton for many years. Upon retirement from Northeast Utilities, he worked for the Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States and DEEP. He was a Wildlife Rehabilitator and Beaver Specialist. He gave countless volunteer hours towards wildlife conservation. In March 2023 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award recognizing his dedication and commitment to protecting Connecticut's wildlife especially for his work rescuing beavers and installing beaver bafflers.
Honoring Skip's wishes, there will be no funeral. Donations in Skip's memory can be made to Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitation Association, P.O. Box 3643 Amity Station, 1449 Whalley Avenue, Woodbridge, Connecticut 06515.
the Hartford Courant - Apr. 30, 2023.