Gordon Lyle Hill
(1926 - 2018)
Inducted in 1996
Origin: Huron County
Nominated by: Jim Boyton, Ken MacLeod
Specialty: Crops - Seeds, Crops – Seed Grain, Livestock - Swine, Livestock - Poultry, Organizations
Perhaps one of the most famous farmers of his generation, Gordon Hill recognized the power of collective organizations to realize the needs of Ontario agriculture.
For over twenty years as a farmer and an elected representative of the Ontario farming community, Gordon Hill articulated the needs of his generation.
Born in Tuckersmith Township, Huron County, Gordon attended S.S. #3 and Clinton District High School. He started farming with 60 acres of rented land and over the years in partnership with his son, Beverly, expanded the operation to form a highly successful and diversified farming operation including 2,000 acres of cash crops, hogs, chickens and a mill operation. Gordon’s diverse farming experience was reflected in his participation with many different farm marketing organizations. At various times he was actively involved with Ontario Hog Producers’ Marketing Board, the Chicken Marketing Board, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Board, and the National Farm Products Marketing Council.
In addition, Hill assumed a leadership role with first the Ontario Farmers Union as President from 1957–60 and later with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture from 1969–76. During both terms, Gordon served on a variety of provincial and federal committees including the Advisory Committee to the Canadian Agricultural Stabilization Board, Ontario Agriculture Marketing Inquiry Committee, the Canadian Dairy Inquiry Committee, the Economic Council of Canada and the Ontario Farm Income Inquiry Committee. Hills’ strong leadership helped build the Ontario Federation of Agriculture into a highly effective member driven organization.
An avid fisherman who belonged to the Bayfield Anglers Association, Gordon was also active in his community, serving as a member of the Stanley Township 150th Anniversary Committee and as steward with the Varna United Church.