Gerald
Hilby, Gerald M. Jerry was born on March 27, 1929 in Spokane Washington to John S. Hilby and Agnes O'Halloran Hilby. He died in his cherished Manhattan Beach home on the Strand on September 2, 2010. Jerry would be disappointed in having missed his tee time that morning. He took participation sports very seriously. Jerry lost his right arm as a child of 9, but this didn't hold him back a whit. He was determined and self reliant. Athletically, he did everything and certainly didn't expect anyone's help. He began his professional career as a history teacher in Spokane, WA, then moving to Redlands, CA and finally at Aviation High School in Manhattan Beach. He learned (the hard way) he could earn more money for less work as a lawyer, and have time and resources for community volunteerism. He had a general law practice in Redondo Beach, retiring in 1985. In retirement, he managed his investments, and travelled widely to golf, ski, hunt, and enjoy the world. Long time Manhattan Beach residents will remember his home as the garden spot of the Strand. Poker players will remember Friday games at his house. In addition to civic improvement in the South Bay, Jerry was a steadfast advocate of education. Education made a big difference in his life, and he worked hard to extend educational opportunities to others, both in the South Bay, and for his 5 grandchildren. Jerry received his BA from Washington State University in 1952 his JD from Loyola University in 1960. His civic contributions were inspiring, including: Trustee, South Bay Union High School District; Trustee, El Camino College (18 years); Director, South Bay Bar Association; Trustee, Southwest Criminal Bar Association; Judge Pro Tem for the Inglewood and South Bay Municipal Courts; District Attorneys Advisory Council, County of Los Angeles; Member, Los Angeles County Environmental Control Committee; Member, Los Angeles County Beach Advisory Committee; Member, Planning Commission, Manhattan Beach; Past Chairman, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Manhattan Beach; Trustee, South Bay Hospital; Past President , Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors' Redondo Beach Round Table; Board of Directors, Alcoholism Council of the South Bay; Member, Board of Managers for the South Bay YMCA; Past Treasurer, Lincoln Republican Club; Past President, South Bay Athletic Club. Jerry is survived by his two children; Larry Hilby and wife Louise in Manhattan Beach, Heidi Bush and husband Roger in Seattle; 5 grandchildren: Meredith, Daniel, Morgan, Duncan and Ian; and his younger brother Leslie Hilby and wife Molly in Liberty Lake, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an older brother, Jack. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 1PM at White and Day Chapel, Manhattan Beach with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to: The American Stroke Association, 1710 Gilbreth Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010-1795 or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Dear Hilby Family, I remember starting to train for the MB 10K and I would rest in front of your dad’s house and he was say, ONWARD!!! I hadn’t seen him..just heard him! Such a good lawyer…very honest and hardworking! Frances Martin

  2. My condolences to the family. I was privileged to know Jerry in a variety of capacities and roles over the past 35 years or so. Most of the fun times were on a golf course somewhere — either here in Southern California or on a number of outings in Tucson. Jerry pursued golf as he did most of his pursuits: seriously and goal-oriented. He never sought any special treatment, playing the game with one arm. He competed vigorously. He was a person of achievement in his life, with his professional, political and civic activities. But I will remember him most vividly in those more relaxed moments after golf, having a beer, sharing stories about the highs and lows of the round, and already thinking about what we could do to play better next time. And we always looked forward to that next time.

  3. To Jerry’s family and freinds, It was an honor to know Jerry and he will be greatly missed. We knew Jerry from the Copley Golf Association and looked forward to see Jerry’s smiling face every tournament. We were saddened when Jerry had to leave our golf club due to the fact he couln’t drive any longer. Our condolences and prayers go out to all of you. With warm regards, Scott & Jan Sell

  4. Heidi and Larry: Please accept my sympathy in the passing of your father. I’ve known your father since the 1970’s when I started my practice in the Riviera Village in the same building as Jerry. Since my retirement I would every once in a while see your dad in the alley or out working in the garden on the Strand. We would share thoughts about retirement and the good life in Manhattan Beach. We shared a lot of the same views on various topic. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend his memorial as my wife and I will be in europe on vacation. However, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Greg

  5. Heidi and Larry, my deepest sympathy. Jerry was like family to me for 45 years. What a great friend, I was so fortunate to know him. Bill or as jerry called me, Billy

  6. I know this is a relief and that Gerry is in a better place. As always please let me know if there is anything that I can do. Our heart felt condolences from the Boomer Family.

  7. Heidi, Larry and Jane So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I have many fond memories of the “Mad Hatter’s” weekends at the cabin and certainly the lovely gardens at the beach house, as well as the orchid room. My condolences, ilene

  8. Larry, Heidi, and all the Grandkids; My thoughts are with you. I have a hundreds of great memories from my time as Jerry’s wife: the Mammoth Ski Cabin, lots of 1960’s road trips in the VW Camper we bought, buying the Strand House and living through the drywall dust of the redo, and parties at our rustic streamside cabin in the western Sierras. Some of my best memories are, however, of times with you, Heidi and Larry. Jerry was a unique and tenacious character…who I can still see taking great satisfaction moving 75 pound rocks, with a wheelbarrow rigged up with an old dress shirt halter, at the Poso Creek cabin. Bon Voyage, my friend.

  9. Dear Heidi and Larry, We lived next door to you on 32nd Street for several years when you were very young and fondly remember your dad creating beautiful little gardens in very small spaces and pots. He was a very nice man. Marilyn Filson Hancock Sheilah Filson Packard Craig Filson

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