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“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hillman, Hopefully, you will remember me from Christ the King School. I was the school secretary for 11 years and remember your...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Yolie Spence - Tampa, FL

“We never quite ran in the same circles, but he was always such a nice guy and had this ability to crack up anybody in the room. Sure, this resulted...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Ian Gajadharsingh - Winnipeg

“Mike Hillman, I will always remember your friendly smile, welcoming demeanor, and love of house music. I am so sorry for the loss of such a young and...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Melissa Trinidad - Tampa, FL

“My love and prayers go out to all of you. I know over the years we all lost touch but I have always considered all of you to be a part of my family....Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Erin Wild - San Francisco, CA

“Dear Jim, Rita, and Family; Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this time of loss and may God be with you and comfort and sustain you. I don't...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: John and Chris Curran - Tampa, FL

“Thinking of all of you...Michael was a wonderful young man. Love to you all.D9C3F ”
6 of 52 | Posted by: Judy Gillis - Tampa, FL

“May the Lord help you find peace during this tragic time. The Hillman Family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 52 | Posted by: Ken Williams - Cumming, GA

“Dr. Hillman, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. ”
8 of 52 | Posted by: Sha-Ron McQueen - Clearwater, FL

“My sincerest condolences. During the years when I knew Michael he was a very caring man, fun friend and good teacher. Together we spent many hours...Read More »
9 of 52 | Posted by: Jeff Brus - Tampa, FL - Friend

“Dr. and Mrs. Hillman, I am so sorry to hear of your son's loss. The staff of the Poison Center sends it sympathy to you at this difficult time. ”
10 of 52 | Posted by: Cynthia Lewis-Younger - Tampa, FL

“I met Mike at Hyde Park Pre School when we were 3 years old. He and his family lived next door to my Godparents on Davis Islands, so I saw him...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: Christine Valenti Grose - Tampa, FL

“My sincerest condolences on the way too early passing of Michael.My prayers and thoughts go out to Jimmy and Rita and the rest of the family. ”
12 of 52 | Posted by: Jim Haller - Bradenton, FL

“Vicki, Dr and Mrs. Hillman, Kate, Joanna and Danny, I could not be more heartbroken to hear of your loss. Michael used to make awesome mix cds and...Read More »
13 of 52 | Posted by: Catherine Littlefield - New York

“My condolences to the family. ”
14 of 52 | Posted by: Shayne Morgan - Riverview, FL

“Mikey was such a great man and a better friend. I loved to hang out with him because we never had a bad conversation. I will miss the texting while...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Vinnie - Tampa, FL - friend

“Dear Jim, Rita and family, Our hearts are breaking for you over the loss of Michael. He was such a vibrant, handsome, and wonderful son. Please know...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Bob Morelli - Clearwater, FL

“I only knew Mike for a brief time that was too short. But despite that, he made me feel like I was his friend, not just a co-worker. I miss him. ”
17 of 52 | Posted by: Bruce Clark - Tampa, FL

“My deepest condolences to the family. I attended CKS and Jesuit with Michael since Kindergarten and even though we did not remain close after school...Read More »
18 of 52 | Posted by: Juan Gonzalez - Tampa, FL

“Deepest sympathy to his family. He was too young to leave. My son is almost exactly the same age and I could only imagine what his family is going...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Mike Bilica I - Lockport, IL

“We are so deeply sorry for your loss of Michael. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. With Sincere Sympathy, Bob and Joanne Garland ”
20 of 52 | Posted by: ROBERT AND JOANNE GARLAND - NY

“My heart goes out to you all! We only met Michael once @ Kate/Brian's wedding; we all shared a lot of stories and laughs. We are so happy that we...Read More »
21 of 52 | Posted by: Michele & Joe Haun ( Brian's sister & husband ) - NY

“Remembering Mike in all my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply saddened to hear that he is no longer with us and I wish all the best to the Hillman...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: Steven Wadsworth - Springfield, VA

“To love Michael was to love every part of part of him, every thought and every word every silly action.To love his every season. To love Mike was to...Read More »
23 of 52 | Posted by: Renee Jehl - Tampa, FL - friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Michael was a very sweet man. My connection with him was through music. i used to sell him records and would share...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: brian busto - tampa, FL - friend

“So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayer's are with you and your family. Iknow it's hard but will get easier as time goes on but he will never be...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Demetra Tessier - Tampa, FL

“My deepest condolences to the Hillman family. I haven't seen Michael in ages but tears came to my eyes remembering the boy in class, on the...Read More »
26 of 52 | Posted by: Nicole Castellano Ekendahl - GA

“Mike came with some of Ben's friends this summer to our home in N.C. They hiked, fished, went to Asheville to listen to music, cooked smore's over...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Katie McGuirl - Miami Fl, FL

“My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Michael and I went to Christ The king and Jesuit together. A tragic loss for all. ”
28 of 52 | Posted by: Nick Matassini - Tampa, FL

“Sending wishes for peace, strength, and comfort to Michael's loving family. ”
29 of 52 | Posted by: Monette Magrath - Pasadena, CA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mike Hillman. Mike did safety consulting with our company for several years. It was a pleasure...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: RSR Industrial Coatings, Inc. - FL

“My sincerest condolence to the Hillman Family. I regret not being able to attend the services. However, you and Michael will be in my prayers and...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: Robert Preston

“We are deeply saddened by Mike's passing. Mike has done consulting work for our company for several years and has always been a delight to work with....Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Rubber Applications, Inc. - FL

“Mike, the world is less bright because of the loss of someone like you. You had a special soft spoken approach and a infectous smile that brightend...Read More »
33 of 52 | Posted by: Michelle Ellis - Seminole, FL

“I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Michael. Even though it has been some time since we've spoken, the Jesuit bond is always strong....Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Tony Rocha - Tampa, FL

“Dear Jim and Rita,We are heartbroken- Michael was one of ours no matter where he was, no matter how long the time had passed since we had seen him....Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Gerry and Victoria Ruble - Tampa, FL

“My sincerest sympathies to the Hillman family. Having worked with Mike at STC I quickly learned what a genuinely warm man he was. A great sense of...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: Johnnie Hyde - Brandon, FL

“I got to know Mike very well on our journey to Baltimore together. It was an 8 month journey, but we soon learned that it was the fraternity that we...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: Steven Ginty - Apollo Beach, FL

“Mike was such a dear friend. My life is better....because I knew him. He was everything a great friend could be and I will miss him deeply. I love...Read More »
38 of 52 | Posted by: Joe Castillo - tampa, FL - Friend

“Aunt Rita, Uncle Jim, and family my condolences for your loss. I hope it brings a little comfort to know that you now have a guardian angel to now...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Angelina King - Cleveland, OH

“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Michael's passing. He will be greatly missed and thought of often with great memories....Read More »
40 of 52 | Posted by: Sean & Gailia Garland - IA

“My heart goes out to all of you in your time of loss. Michael Hillman will remain in our forever. With Caring Thoughts, Yvonne Garland ”
41 of 52 | Posted by: Yvonne Garland - Lenox, MA

“I am so sadden to hear of Mike's passing. My condolences to the Hillman family. He was a great guy and so full of life. His safety professionalism...Read More »
42 of 52 | Posted by: Lounds Butler (Rene) - Lithia, FL

“So very sad, I just talked with Mike last week. The nicest guy always. Praying for your family. God bless you. ”
43 of 52 | Posted by: Mary Ann Harrell - Bartow, FL

“My heart aches for this big loss I will miss you so much Michael Hillman Rest in peace,love you Vanessa ”
44 of 52 | Posted by: Vanessa Velasquez - Wesley Chapel, FL

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Hillman family during this incredibly difficult time. I have fond memories of Michael from our days at Christ...Read More »
45 of 52 | Posted by: Jennifer Ziemak

“Although it has been many years since I have seen Michael, news of his passing instantly brought back memories of times we shared at Jesuit. I am...Read More »
46 of 52 | Posted by: Alfred Goldberg - Tampa, FL

“miss him so much ”
47 of 52 | Posted by: Thomas Kurina - Tampa, FL

“I too am deeply sadden by the loss of Michael. I had the opportunity to work with him this summer at the Plantation FL project. He was well...Read More »
48 of 52 | Posted by: Lenard Long - Brentwood, CA

“I am deeply saddened by Michael's untimely death. Over the years of working with Dr. Hillman and getting to know and watch his family mature, I had...Read More »
49 of 52 | Posted by: Cyndee Ramsey - Brandon, FL

“Wishing your family the best during this time and you are all in my thoughts and prayers!! ”
50 of 52 | Posted by: Doug Nelson - Plant City, FL

“We at SCS Engineers are deeply saddened by Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. As a colleague, Mike was...Read More »
51 of 52 | Posted by: Mark Tumlin - Tampa, FL

“He left before I had a chance to get to know him. I hope to meet Mike in the Lord's Kingdom with many other believers who pass through death's door...Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: Bob Westly - Milton, FL

Hillman, Michael James, 36, of Brandon, left us suddenly on November 24, 2012. Born in the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, he lived briefly in Bath Township, Ohio, before moving to Tampa with his family at the age of two. He attended Christ the King Elementary School from kindergarten through eighth grade, and was a lifelong Parish member there. As a child, Michael patiently endured merciless teasing from his two older sisters, and fell in love with fishing, sailing, and racing remote-controlled cars. He graduated from Jesuit High School and received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1999. He returned to school several years later, earning a Masters in Public Health in Occupational Health & Safety from the University of South Florida in 2007. He was employed with SCS Engineers as a Project and Safety Professional. Michael's life was enriched by his excellent friends, many of whom he had known since grade school and high school. He traveled often with them, across the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he explored the ruins of Cuzco, Peru, and joined his friends for a weekend in North Carolina. Michael enjoyed football (especially the Gators and Bucs, of course) and hockey and being on the open water and fishing with friends, but his greatest love was always listening to and making music. He loved performing as a DJ, once journeying to the middle of a California desert to play under a full moon. He is survived by his loving parents, James and Rita, and siblings, Joanna (John), Kathleen (Brian), Victoria and Daniel, as well as his beloved rescue dog, Belle. He was a kind and gentle uncle to his nephew, James, and his niece, Mera. Michael was the exact middle child out of five, and now we will be missing our center forever. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Thursday, November 29, 2012, from 5 PM until 8 PM, with a Rosary service at 6:30 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, at Christ the King Catholic Church at 10 AM. Memorial donations can be made in Michael's name to Heidi's Legacy Rescue -- a local dog rescue not far from Michael's home -- directly through their website, Visit the online guestbook at