Philip L. Hill, of Guilford, formerly of North Haven, beloved son of Leonard and Susan Hill and beloved brother of Amy Hill, died on January 29, 2014, at the age of 33.  He was predeceased by his grandparents Walter and Ruth Hill and Louis and Emily Griffin and is survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins and by many friends he held dear.

     Philip grew up in North Haven, CT, graduating in 1998 from North Haven High School where he was active in jazz band, soccer, tennis, Future Problem Solving, and the National Honor Society.

     Philip’s early love for computers led to majoring in computer science and engineering at UCLA for one year before beginning his career as a software engineer and consultant at companies in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.  An East Coast man at heart, he returned to CT in 2002 and established his own consulting businesses (Vernal Elm LLC and Vernal Technology LLC), working for such organizations as Citigroup Private Bank, IBM/EuroRSCG Circle, Tiger Lead Solutions, and, currently, Technical Resource Management, Inc.  An enthusiastic and skilled software engineer, Philip said, “My ideal situation is one in which I can thrive on challenges, learn as I work, and implement new technologies.”  His current employer described him as a gifted programmer.  His mathematical and verbal skills contributed to his unique skill set. 

     Philip combined his natural leadership skills and energy with great compassion for the poor, homeless, and disenfranchised, and for people who were mentally and emotionally troubled.  He followed current events with avid interest and loved to engage friends and family in political discussions with a progressive focus, often suggesting common sense approaches to socio-economic issues.   He was a friend you could count on to give good advice and warm support.  A friend described him as “a good man with a big heart whom everyone liked.”  We will miss Philip’s sharp wit, engaging personality, and his full commitment to the people and causes he loved.

      Funeral services will be conducted in the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 10:00. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Philip would be pleased for memorial donations to be made to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which he loved. (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Development, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225 or  Contributions may also be made to the Connecticut Food Bank, P.O. Box 8686, New Haven, CT 06531 or