Body of Jewish man to be released by coroner tomorrow after appeal by family

The family of respected educator Bobby Hill had been anxious to have his funeral before Shabbat


The body of a Jewish man who died on Monday is to be released for burial tomorrow after the family pleaded with the coroner.

Bobby Hill, a former assistant director of the United Synagogue Board of Religious Education and co-ordinator for Project Seed, died aged 74 while receiving treatment for cancer at a London hospital.

His family had appealed to the Senior Coroner for Inner London North, Mary Hassell, to release his body as soon as possible.

But after they had been unable to get confirmation of a time, the president of the Board of Deputies Marie van der Zyl wrote to the Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft on Thursday, asking him to intervene.

Now sources at the Adath Yisroel Burial Society have told the JC that Mr Hill’s funeral will be able to take place on Friday.

Rabbi Harvey Belovski, vice-chairman of the US Rabbinical Counciil, said, "He was a man who combined deep Jewish knowledge with a love of every Jew he met, whatever their background. He inspired generations in their Yiddishkeit and will be sorely missed."

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