FREDERICK WALTER HEMBLING HILL


2 September 1920 – 13 July 2008



Born in Regina, Hill attended Lakeview Public School, Campion High School, and the University of Saskatchewan (B.A.).



After getting his BA at the University of Saskatchewan, he enrolled at the Harvard Business School in 1942 for a semester. He enlisted in the RCAF but was rejected several times due to a heart condition caused by contracting rheumatic fever as a teenager. He then joined the U.S. Army Air Force the same year, piloting B-17 Flying Fortress Bombers, serving in the 15th Air Force in Italy and the 8th Air Force in England.


Frederick Walter Hembling Hill, September 2, 1920 to July 13, 2008, Builder

For unflinching service he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.


Upon graduating with distinction from Harvard with an MBA in 1947, Fred returned to his home province of Saskatchewan to join his father (Walter H.A.) in The Hill Companies real estate and insurance business. He developed the first private residential subdivision in Saskatchewan since the 1920's (Hillsdale) . McCallum Hill Ltd. was best known for its development of the historic Lakeview subdivision in south Regina. By 1912, the company had become the largest land developer in Western Canada. By 1952, Frederick took over the family business. Frederick led the company through impressive growth, developing the first post-war residential subdivisions (Hillsdale and Normanview) in Regina, purchasing the CKCK television station.


Frederick Walter Hembling Hill, September 2, 1920 to July 13, 2008, Builder

Father: Walter H.A. 1878-1972 and

Mother: Grace E. 1887-1959


He also participated in the first light sweet crude discovery oil well in Creelman, Saskatchewan.


Subsequently he became a director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Chairman and Director of Harvard Developments Inc. (a Hill Company), Harvard Energy (Calgary, AB), Western Surety Company, Harvard Investments Inc. (Phoenix, AZ), Harvard Broadcasting, and for years he considered it an honour to serve as a member of the Papal Foundation in Rome.


Hill was also synonymous with Regina’s downtown

development and, along with his son Paul, reshaped the downtown core with their signature McCallum Hill Towers I and II, which were built on the site of the old McCallum Hill Building; the first skyscrapers in Regina. He was responsible for a great deal of the skyline of Regina. His son Paul has since had the Tower III built east of the first two towers.


He was a Christian profoundly dedicated to his faith. Following the death of Msgr. Athol Murray (1976) and, at the request of the Board of Regents, Fred picked up the torch from his life-long mentor, Pere, to carry on the work at Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan. Fred had known Athol Murray his whole life. He was only

two years old when Pere first came into the Hill Family. He was the first President of Notre Dame.


From that point on, Fred maintained a life-long commitment to help young students achieve their total potential in mind, body and spirit at Notre Dame.


To this day Hill Developments are involved in

Frederick Walter Hembling Hill, September 2, 1920 to July 13, 2008, Builder

Harvard Real Estate: Both in Canada and the United States (Scottsdale, Arizona); Manufacturing: Urban Forest Recyclers Inc. (UFR), Swift Current, Saskatchewan; Broadcasting: 11 Radio Stations both in Alberta and Saskatchewan; Surety Bonds: Western Surety Company - is the only federally chartered insurance company that specializes in, and exclusively writes contract surety bonds for, the construction industry and commercial surety bonds in all provinces and territories in Canada.


Frederick Walter Hembling Hill, September 2, 1920 to July 13, 2008, Builder

The Company is one of the top ten largest writers of surety bonds in Canada. Insurance: Originally operating under the name McCallum Hill and Company, their organization has grown over the years through amalgamations with Cooks Insurance, Western Financial Group, Harvard Developments Inc. and Shenher Insurance and Financial Services. Oil and Gas: Harvard Energy is a petroleum and natural gas exploration and production partnership based in Calgary, Alberta. The partnership between the Hill family of Regina, Saskatchewan, and a private investor of San

Diego, California, was formed in 1982 with the acquisition of Tenneco Oil of Canada Ltd.


Frederick passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at his home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Third son of the late Walter A. Hill and Grace E. Hill.





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