William “Bill” Richard Hillenbrand, 61, of Macclenny died May 5, 2011. He was born in Syracuse, NY to the late James L. Hillenbrand and Sarah Guinto Hillenbrand on December 6, 1949. He was a graduate of Liverpool High School in Liverpool, NY, and received a BA from State University of New York at Cortland in 1972 and an MA from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974.
Mr. Hillenbrand taught English and history at the Northfield Mt. Herman Preparatory School in Northfield, MA from 1975-1995 and English at The Bolles School in Jacksonville from 1995 until his death. He was a devoted and popular teacher who received numerous awards for teaching excellence at both institutions. Bill was an excellent scholar and writer, and wrote the accompanying text to the widely used interactive CDs about the Civil War and the American Revolution.
Mr. Hillenbrand was an outstanding high school athlete and excelled in gymnastics, football and track, then in college he participated in gymnastics. He was both football and baseball coach at Northfield Mt. Herman Preparatory School and at The Bolles School.
He was also an avid outdoorsman who, along with a series of championship hunting dogs that he trained, was for many years as a hunting guide.
Survivors include wife Martha “Marti” I. Hillenbrand; child-ren Sarah Catherine Hillenbrand, Emily Patricia Hillenbrand and Rebecca Lee Flemer; siblings James Hillenbrand, Daniel Hillenbrand, Joan May, Patricia Galli, Thomas Hillenbrand and Kathleen Gillespie.
A funeral Mass will be celebfbrated May 14 at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville with Father Pawel Duda officiating. Interment will follow at Manntown Cemetery in Glen St. Mary. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Bill’s name to the Bolles Scholarship Fund: 7400 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217. Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.