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Tony Hill Dies.

(August 8, 2007)

Tony Hill, activist, consultant, mediator, advocate, dies at 62

SANTA CRUZ -- Tony Hill, a prominent community activist, consultant and advocate in race relations, economic development and diversity issues, died of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 62.
Shock waves traveled through the community Wednesday as people heard the news that the man who had touched so many lives as a mentor, loyal friend, inspirational leader, gifted mediator and tireless champion for diversity issues was gone.
His passion came from getting another chance at life, said his wife, Melanie Stern, 57, of Santa Cruz. Hill and Stern were together 30 years, married 21.

"He had a very rough childhood, very difficult," she said. "Many times, really, he thought he wasn't going to be here, and he survived through many perils. When he got that second chance, it was like OK, God kept me here for a reason, and my reason is now to make this a better world."

Tony Hill
BO RN: May 26, 1945.
DIED: Aug. 7, 2007, at his Santa Cruz home.
EDUCATION: Graduated from George Washington High School in New York City and New York University, where he majored in psychology and business.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 21 years, Melanie Stern of Santa Cruz; daughter Tara Kemp of San Jose; two grandchildren.
ORGANIZATIONS: Active in the local NAACP for the past 15 years.
AWARDS: Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1994.
SERVICES: Public memorial service honoring Hill's life will be 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. A celebration of his life will follow from 2-5 p.m.
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