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Daniel Hill’s active life was sadly limited by illness after his retirement from public office in 1989. Diabetes-related complications severely hampered his ability to walk and to see, and after a long and difficult struggle with the disease, he died on June 26, 2003 at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital-just a short walk from the Pembroke Street rooming house where he had first settled in 1950 when he came to Canada to study at the University of Toronto.
Article from the Toronto Star, A Tribute - Dad will always ‘live within us’, July 6, 2003
Courtesy of Lawrence Hill.
Used with the permission of the Toronto Star Archives
A perfect closing to the exhibit can be provided by Daniel Hill's own words as expressed in the excerpt below from the speech given on the occasion of his inauguration as the Ombudsman of Ontario.
While I have much to learn as Ombudsman, I am hopeful that my past has prepared me for this challenge. Having spent most of my life as a human rights worker, I have witnessed the hearts of men and women at their best and also at their worst. On the other hand, our history has left us all a legacy of social justice and respect for human dignity.
They represented every race, every creed and every colour-all drawn to Ontario by the promise of a freer and fuller life . . .
Excerpt from remarks by Dr. Daniel G. Hill on the occasion