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DILLON, BERNARD JOSEPH JR. 89 - born in Atlantic City in 1923, passed away February 11, 2013 at his home in Mays Landing. He was raised in Ventnor where he met the love of his life, Lilian Mathis Dillon. They lived in Ventnor until moving to Linwood in 1970. In 1994 they moved to their retirement home in Mays Landing. Bernie lived his life serving his family, his community, and his country. After graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in World War II with the Third Division Ninth Marines seeing action on Guam and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his heroics. Following his return in 1945, he joined the Ventnor City Police Department, reaching the rank of Captain. In 1966 he left the police department to join his brother Jack's business, Dillon Construction Co., retiring in 1989. Bernie is defined by family and friends as honest, loyal, passionate, and hard working. He is predeceased by their first born daughter, his parents Bernard and Mildred Dillon, his brothers John (Jack) and James (Rell), his sister-in-law Theresa Dillon, and his brother-in-law Charles Weber. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lilian, his children Karen (Gordon) Bew of Brigantine, Bernard (Michele) Dillon III of Port Republic, Gayle (Rodney) Jones of Egg Harbor Twp., June (Jim) Byrnes of Linwood, his grandchildren Melissa (John) Knoff, Stacy (Matt) McCarron, Nicholas Dillon, Jessica Byrnes, Alexander Dillon, Julia Byrnes, Jackson Byrnes, his great-grand-children Mollie and Dillon Knoff and Devon and Matthew McCarron, his sister Doris Weber of Illinois, his brothers and sisters-in-law Donna Dillon, Betty Jane and Frank Jones, and Sam and Carol Mathis, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by step-grandchildren Mandi (Ian) Craig, Brittany (Christopher) Pell, and Ryan Jones and step-great grand-children Brody, Liam and Bri Craig and Garrett and Cooper Pell. The family would like to thank Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services and Atlanticare Hospice for all their love and support. Visitation will be held at 10:00am on Friday, February 15th at the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, 1707 New Road, Linwood followed by Memorial Service at 11:00am. Interment Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Juvenile Diabetes Assn. or the Cape Atlantic Marine Corps League.
Published in The Press of Atlantic City from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013