Bill (Albert) Maris
(26 Sept 1920 – 21 Aug 2017)
It is with great sadness that we record the passing of one of Hill End’s greatest exponents, Bill (Albert) Maris. Bill passed away peacefully on Monday 21 August and he is now with the love of his life, Betty, who predeceased him just 16 months ago.
Bill’s passion for Hill End was infectious and he and Betty had so many wonderful memories and stories about their visits there. They spent many happy times in their cottage in Fletcher St, talking with the locals and collecting their stories and family histories.
For more than 40 years they ran the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group together, maintaining the ties that held all the past residents together. Right to the end, Bill was always keen to hear of the Group’s activities in town and expected a full report on my return from any visit. He was a willing mentor and his encouragement and interest was heartening.
Our condolences to his son, Ian and daughter-in-law Liz and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.
Rest in peace, old mate!