Ken Hill, a distinguished businessman from Six Nations of the Grand River and co-owner of the Grand River Enterprises (GRE) cigarette firm, has died in Miami, Fla.
Steve Williams, president of GRE, informed CBC Information he realized of Hill’s demise by means of household this morning.
“They’ve gone all the way down to make preparations and convey him again,” he mentioned on Monday afternoon.
Williams mentioned Hill contributed to his neighborhood.
“He was a businessman. He had different enterprise beside the GRE,” he mentioned. “He helped lots of people in the neighborhood and surrounding areas. He had loads of property in Caledonia and the States.”
“He is employed lots of people, and I feel he will be missed by lots of people.”
Along with GRE, Hill additionally as soon as co-owned the Brantford Golden Eagles junior B hockey membership and Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“Kenny was very welcoming of the sequence since his buy of the speedway, and we had been honoured to have been included within the monitor’s rebirth below his and his crew’s imaginative and prescient for the speedway. He will likely be missed,” learn a Fb submit from APC United Late Mannequin Collection, a web page for an Ontario race automobile league.
He was additionally concerned in creating the Dreamcatcher Charitable Basis, which offers grants to Indigenous folks and organizations. Celeb supporters embody Adam Seaside, Kardinal Offishall and Emmanuel Lewis.
After Hurricane Dorian in 2019, Hill despatched three jets loaded with reduction help to the Bahamas, the place he additionally owns property.
Final 12 months, Hill spurred some complaints after he allegedly held a celebration in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic following Six Nations placing up barricades across the reserve.
Glen Murray, a former Winnipeg mayor and Ontario Liberal cupboard minister, expressed his condolences on social media.
“So very unhappy to listen to of the passing of Ken Hill of of Six Nations of the Grand River and a founding father of Grand River Enterprises. He was a robust neighborhood builder and good entrepreneur who cared deeply for his household & neighborhood,” he wrote on Twitter.
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