The Rev. Stewart E. Hild died on July 12, 2014 at the age of 90. Stewart was born on March 3, 1924 to Edward and Grace Hild. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in 1948 and from Drew University with a Master of Divinity in 1951. He was a member of the Armed Forces during World War II, and served in the Army Specialized Training Program.
Rev. Hild was ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1952. He was called to the Community Methodist Church in Massapequa, Long Island, NY from 1951, and he served there until 1956. He was fellowshipped as a Unitarian minister in 1956. He held pastorates at the Unitarian Congregation of Franklin, NH, (now the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Franklin) from 1958 to 1975; All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Watertown, NY from 1975 to 1989; and was named Minister Emeritus of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in 1989.
Rev. Hild served the denomination in various capacities. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire/Vermont District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (consolidated with the Northeast District in 2008 to form the Northern New England Chapter); chairman of the Extension Department of the New Hampshire/Vermont District of the Unitarian Universalist Association; and Selma Presence Representative for the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Rev. Hild served as Vice President of the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs; Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Drugs and Drug Abuse; Director of the Lakes Region Mental Health Association; Assistant at the Peabody Home for the Aged; Board Member of the Family Counseling Service of Jefferson County, NY; Women’s Center of Jefferson County; Project Children North, Watertown; Urban Mission; Board of Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, and also served as Board President of Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County.
Stewart was interested in travel, reading, and sports. While living in New Hampshire, he taught several classes in the History of Religion at Proctor Academy.
He is survived by his wife, Alma H. Hild; his sons, Edward G. Hild and Thomas S. Hild; grandchildren, Jared Hild, Cora Hild, and Wyatt Hild, and many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in his name.
Notes of condolences may be sent to Alma H. Hild, 274 Schley Drive, Watertown, NY 13601.
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