In Memoriam: Philip ‘P. Bill’ Hacking, 72

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Evelyn Leighton, president of Leighton Galleries, wishes to inform the antiques community of the death of Philip Hacking, 72, a longtime resident of Clifton, N.J. He died Aug. 26. He was known by many as “P. Bill.”

“Phil was a staple at our auctions, and also worked with us for many years at the tag sales,” said Leighton. “He started out as a consignor and soon became a respected colleague and friend.

“Phil’s love of antiques goes back many years evident by the great stories we have heard. Phil was always more than happy to share what he knew about art, antiques and all things good. His passion for the industry never faltered, nor did his zest for life. Phil always had a kind word for everyone, and he was ever exciting to be around,” said Leighton, who described Mr. Hacking as a true mentor and connoisseur.

Mr. Hacking was born in Lancaster, England. He also worked as a mechanic for Belleville Finishing Corp. for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dragica Djurovic; his children, Aleksandar and Snezana; his brother, Frank; and a granddaughter.

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