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Late Captain Hill Buried At Sea

“My dad was always a cheerful per­son and would never show any sign of pain and tiredness when he comes home from work."
18 Mar 2020 19:02
Late Captain Hill Buried At Sea
The late Captain Philip Hill.

The late Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji acting chief executive officer (CEO) Captain Philip Hill was described as a humble man by his youngest son, Thomas Hill.

Captain Hill died on March 12 aged 58, following a short illness.

As he had wished he was buried at sea yesterday. The late Captain Hill hailed from Naselesele village, Taveuni and has maternal link to Bau Island.

“My dad was always a cheerful per­son and would never show any sign of pain and tiredness when he comes home from work,” Mr Hill said.

“He was someone we could always count on and he would never let us down. I miss him so much,” he said.

“He was always ready to help people and never expected anything in re­turn; he was a humble man.

“My dad wanted to be buried out at sea. It was his wish and we fulfilled his wish.”

Mr Hill said his father was some­one who always treated everyone equally.

“My father always sees everyone as equal and he never let his position de­fine him,” he said.

“I will miss the way he motivates us and encourages us. My dad always makes sure that we worked hard.

“He always makes sure that we do everything to the best of our abilities. He instilled discipline in us.”

Captain Hill’s funeral service was held at the Garden of Joy church in Navua.

About Captain Hill

1981-1987- Joined Fiji Navy

1987- Joined Merchant Navy

1988- Re-enlisted Fiji Navy

1989-2007 – Transferred to Fiji Marine Department

2007- Became deputy port master

2009- Promoted to port master

2012- Manager port operation and emergency response

2014- Manager safety, compliance and response

2018- Acting CEO of Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

During his tenure as acting CEO, the late Captain Hill led the charge to improve the standards of sea trans­port providers, amendment of the Maritime Safety Acts in Fiji, and im­prove survey and safety procedures.

His leadership saw to the salvaging works of MV Southern Phoenix at the Suva Harbour last year. The late Captain Hill is survived by his wife Buna and four children – Eugene, Emma, Matthew and Thomas and his only grandson Philip II.

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