East Falls feels the loss of a friendly face on Ainslie Street.
When school starts this September, the corner of Cresson and Calumet will be missing a helpful, friendly fixture who’s been watching over East Falls’ kids for decades. Long-time crossing guard “Meester Heelson” passed away earlier this month of unstated causes.
Mr. Hillson would chat up kids and grown-ups, both — he was in our direct route to Epicure for coffee every morning, and we grew to know him well. He was terrifically proud of his two houses on Ainslie (the first purchased for a song back in the day!), and of his family, of course: “My daughter the doctor says…” often prefaced an interesting tidbit of information we’d google later to find surprisingly cutting-edge.
Another piece of advice we’ll never forget from Mr. Hillson: “Keep a small waistline to have a long lifeline.” Mr. Hillson seemed his spry, sprightly self when we last saw him over the winter, we are surprised and saddened by his loss even at 90 years old.
RIP, Mr. Hillson. Cresson & Calumet will always be your corner to us.
(Full obituary at Philly.com)
HILLSON, CHARLES E., of East Falls. (Born Sadowski, Helmut A., in East Prussia, Germany on July 4, 1926.). Died July 14, 2016 at home. Survived by his wife Ingeborg; 5 children Carsten, Franklin, Gloria, Larry and Terry; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Retired from both the Phila. Navy Yard and the Phila. Crossing Guards.
Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family on Saturday, July 23rd 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the McILVAINE FUNERAL HOME, 3711 Midvale Ave., followed by a short service at 10:30 A.M. Interment private.
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