Harry Forrest Hilling, Jr.

It is with great sadness that the Hilling family announces the death of Harry Forrest Hilling, Jr. of James Store, Va. Harry passed away on June 17, 2021, at the age of 77. He fought a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and 2 bouts of cancer. Harry was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was a Vietnam veteran. In 1987, after serving almost 23 years in the US Army, he retired from Fort Eustis as a Master Sergeant. It is there that he met and married his wife, Robin. After retiring from the army, Harry served as Chief of Security at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg. His final retirement was as a contract employee at Fort Eustis in 2008. Harry enjoyed his retirement spending time with family. He enjoyed day trips and his passion was comparing restaurant finds with others. Harry is survived by his wife, Robin Kirsner Hilling; son, Dean Hilling (Gloucester); daughters, Michelle Roach (Florida) and Jennifer Covington (Georgia); stepson, Randy Cupp (Williamsburg); brother-in-law, Mitch Kirsner (Newport News); 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held Monday, June 21 at 11 AM at The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula on Kecoughtan Road in Hampton. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.



  1. Faye Houk

    My heart breaks for you, Robin, and for the entire family. I’ll always remember the fun and good times we all had back in our MILPO days. It saddens me that he was faced with the health challenges over the last few years. Thankful, he is free from pain now, but so sorry for the void left in your life. I love you, my friend and am here for you. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  2. Ruth Barefoot (Otey)

    Harry was an amazing mentor I worked under him at Fords Colony and he taught me so many thing I still use today. I loved him he was an amazing person. Prayers to all of the family

  3. Gene and Ann Smith

    We are so very sorry for your loss, as hard as it is to lose someone we love, we know he isn’t suffering now. Our love and prayers go out to the family.

  4. Deb Smith Brown

    I’m so sorry Dean and the Hilling family…he’s no longer suffering. I met Harry many, many years ago when he first joined Ford’s Colony Security, I actually trained him…hahaha that was a hoot. We also worked day shift together after he became Chief. His infamous sayings “I’m the CMFIC” and “You know what burns my ass? A flame about this high” holding his hand up to his backside. I haven’t seen him in years but I message Dean every so often…Rest in peace Harry.

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