Richard Hilton
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Richard Hilton

Monday, January 13th, 1964 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020

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Richard A. Hilton,56, of Rotterdam went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by his loving family on Sunday July 26, 2020 after a brave battle with leukemia.

Born in Albany, NY, he was the son of the late Robert Hilton Sr. and his mother Helen (Seeberger) Hilton.

Rich had a love for working in the family business, Hilton Pianos. He had a gift for teaching the next generation to play piano. Rich’s forte was piano restoration which was respected by everyone in the industry.

He enjoyed fishing and watching his kids play sports. The love he shared with Jesus Christ was apparent in each and every one of his relationships.

Besides his mother, Rich is survived by his wife of 32 years Brenda (Relyea) Hilton, two daughters Rachel Vine (Brandon) and Emily Hilton, two sons Matt Hilton and Andrew Hilton, two brothers Robert A. Hilton Jr. (Teresa) and Russell Hilton (Laurie) as well as three sisters Dawn Hilton, Susan Davey (Keith) and Rebecca MacDougall (Justin).

A Celebration of Richard’s life will be Friday July 31, 2020 at Bethel Full Gospel 3625 Guilderland Avenue Rotterdam at 12:30PM with Pastor Steve Foti officiating. Visitation will precede the service at the church from 10-12 on Friday. Due to Covid 19 restrictions masks are required and both indoor and outdoor screens are available for service.

Interment will be in Memory Gardens in Colonie.

Arrangements are by the Bond Funeral Home 1614 Guilderland Avenue Schenectady.

In lieu of flowers, Richard asked for the establishment of a college fund for his children. The address is the Richard A. Hilton Memorial Fund @ CapCom Frederal Credit Union ( you may go to any branch) or go to .

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Bethel Full Gospel
    3625 Guilderland Avenue
    Rotterdam, NY
    Friday, July 31st, 2020
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Bethel Full Gospel
    3625 Guilderland Avenue
    Rotterdam, NY
    Friday, July 31st, 2020
    Pastor Steve Foti
  • Interment

    Memory Gardens
    Watervliet Shaker Road
    Colonie, NY

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I’m deeply saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. My sincere sympathies go out to the entire Hilton family.
Rich and I had so much fun and great memories as Blue Devil teammates back in the day. I’ll never forget how much we laughed together. Your larger than life smile will forever be missed my friend. Rest In Peace #60.

Tony Borey

Comment | Posted at 10:39pm via Condolence

Alicia Childrose-Borini

I remember Rich from high school and of course the thing that I remember the most about him was his huge smile. Lost touch following high school graduation until I ran into him at Schalmont. His daughter was in the same grade as my son and so we were able to visit from time to time at school events. My prayers for comfort and grace for the entire Hilton family.
Comment | Posted at 04:53pm via Condolence

Julie LoGiudice

Julie & David Lo Giudice & family
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Brenda & her family and to Helen & all the Hilton family. We were truly blessed to have met Rich & Brenda at First Assembly Of God Church & make many good memories together there when our kids were young.
Comment | Posted at 02:01pm via Condolence

Paul Zarvis

I can’t say how much I am going to miss you Rich. You were a great friend and always when I would be yelling about something or frustrated you’d say that God has it in control and he’s got you. You gave me a job when no one else would and even though I was “the worst piano salesman on the planet” (your words lol) you kept me on. Rest easy brother I’ll never forget all the music we did or talks we had at the store. Paul Zarvis
Comment | Posted at 08:08am via Condolence

Hanh & family

Rest In Peace, Rich! You will be sorely missed.
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