Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for Dr. Frank Hilton OBE OF
Frank Hilton was farewelled today at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart today by priests, religious, dignitaries, friends, family and colleagues. A trail blazer in the area of Special Education in Fiji, Frank Hilton was born in England in 1920. He fought in the Second World War, later moving his young family to Australia where he taught in public schools before arriving in Fiji with his wife in 1967. Fiji was to become his home for life and through his efforts helped to make Special Education a priority in the education system.
Synonymous with Frank Hilton is the Hilton Special School on Waimanu Road which perhaps is of itself an acknowledgement of the wonderful work he did in Fiji for special education. In the eulogies his grandsons shared their fond memories of their grandfather. He was someone who always put the needs of others before his own and was always seeing the best in people. He saw potential almost everywhere he looked.
For the significant contributions Frank Hilton made in the area of special education, particularly for the deaf and mute, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and the Order of Fiji. (OF) The huge turnout at the Requiem Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is an indication of the high regard he was held in by friends and colleagues.
A big number of people from the deaf and mute community attended the Requiem Mass with professional signers in sign language attending and interpreting throughout.
We ask God's loving and merciful gaze to fall upon Mr Frank Hilton and ask God's special blessings upon his family as they mourn his passing.