Death: Bill Hilliard, Rugby League Obituary – Billy Hilliard has sadly passed away. Bill was an Economics instructor, and I had the pleasure of working with him for about 20 years as a Senior Marker of Economics at the HSC level.
According to Pratten Park Magpies, He was a no compromise front row forward who captained Wests in the early 1980s. He was a Balmain junior also playing for Balmain and Sydney University. He taught for many years at Ashfield Boys High School and was the Deputy Principal of Homebush Boys High School before retiring a few years ago.
Billy Hilliard was small for a front rower but didn’t take a backward step. His father also played for Wests and Balmain. Funeral details to follow. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.
He was little for a front rower, yet he never took a step back. His father was a Wests and Balmain player. Details on the funeral will be announced later. His family has our heartfelt condolences.
Ryde Secondary College said, “I am writing to you with some very sad news about a member of our school community. One of our teachers, Bill Hilliard, died suddenly on Sunday 27 March. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with Bill’s family and friends.
Students and staff will always remember him for his cheery smile and positive attitude to life. One student commented: “No one could walk past him without his smile”.
Social media reaction to the death of Billy Hilliard:
“Very sad news for his family, friends and the entire school community. He contacted my son on Saturday to give him feedback on his assessment. What a wonderful, dedicated teacher who will be missed by many.”
“Very sad news, may his soul rest in peace. He was my daughter’s teacher so today their group got together after school to watch his NRL games snippets to remember him. He was a fantastic player too. Condolences to the family”
“Bill was my high school economics teacher and footy coach. He was a role model both in and out of the classroom.”