Garth W. Hillier

Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Captain Garth W. Hillier, age 50, Johnstown, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Garth was born on June 3, 1964, in Amsterdam, a son of the late Herbert Hillier and Margaret Eagan Hillier.

Garth was a Class of 1982 graduate of Johnstown High School; he received his associates degree in business administration from Fulton-Montgomery Community College and possessed many professional certifications. He was a captain for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. He began his 29 year career as a correction officer in 1985, transferring to the road patrol division, working his way to the rank of corporal (one of the first in Fulton County). He was soon promoted to sergeant, then lieutenant and finally captain, a position he held until his untimely retirement on June 30, 2014, due to his illness. Capt. Hillier was best known for his development and operation of the Fulton County Dispatch/911 Center. Garth also served more than 18 years as Deputy Fulton County Fire Coordinator/Civil Defense Director. His unequalled communication skills and vast knowledge helped him and his causes to advance for the betterment of both the agencies he represented as well as the communities he served.

Garth was a 3rd degree with Knights of Columbus; he served as co-chair of the Immaculate Conception Italian Festival Committee and the Johnstown Memorial Day Parade Committee. He has served on the City of Johnstown Republican Committee and as a volunteer with the board of elections on Election Day as vote counter. As a sports enthusiast, he was a founding member of the Johnstown Football Alumni Booster Club and an avid supporter of all Johnstown Athletics, Syracuse Athletics, and was a faithful NY Yankees fan. Garth also served on multiple statewide and local committees for the betterment of Public Safety and Security. Our community has lost a great public servant, colleague, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Mr. Hillier was of the Catholic faith, a communicant of Holy Trinity Church.

Garth is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Lita Guy Hillier, whom he married on June 6, 1992; one son, Brandon Hillier of Johnstown; one daughter, Cara Hillier and her husband, Eric Melita of Johnstown; two grandchildren, Blake and Trent; two brothers, James R. (Sharon) Hillier and Gregory C. (Debbie) Hillier, both of Johnstown; one sister, Janice (Robert) Graham of Gloversville; mother-in-law, Patricia Guy; two brothers-in-law, Gregory (Christine) Guy and Douglas Guy; one sister-in-law, Lisa (Jed) Potocar; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at Holy Trinity Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, July 11, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown.

Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Johnstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in memory of Garth W. Hillier to the Department of Oncology/ Hematology at Albany Medical Center, c/o Albany Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 8928, Albany, NY 12208 or online at

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