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Bernard "Jim" Dillinger

1923 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Bernard Dillinger
ARLINGTON - Bernard (Jim) Dillinger, 84, a resident of Mountain View Drive, died peacefully Saturday morning April 12, at his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Dillinger was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on Oct. 26, 1923, son of Alphons M. and Helen Dunn Dillinger. He received his education in the Bronx and Queens, N.Y. Schools, graduating from Bayside, New York High School.
Mr. Dillinger was a Gaffer with The Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Local 52 I.A.T.S.E. Nicknamed "Skinny" by the crews on the movie sets he worked on, he traveled extensively across the country from Hannaford Washington Nuclear Facility to the Everglades in Fla. The films that he worked on include "Face In The Crowd" in Tenn., "Funny Girl" in N.Y.C., "Baby Doll" in Miss., "A Touch of Mink" in N.Y. and Bermuda and documentary films with Jacques Costeau, Harry Truman and many others. Prior to his retirement in the early 90's he was the business representative for Local 52. He was an avid Brooklyn Dodger baseball fan and New York Giant football fan. He loved music and was partial to the 1940's Big Band music. Known as a great distance swimmer, his leisure time was spent taking his eleven children to Jones Beach and teaching them all to swim and visiting amusement parks with them. He also enjoyed his workshop and cooking. Mr. Dillinger was a WWII veteran of the Navy serving his tour of duty in the North Atlantic and Caribbean areas for submarine patrol and in the Solomon Islands with the VP81 Squadron. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 69 Arlington, Vt. and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Arlington.
He ileaves his wife the former Helen Lorraine Martinez to whom he married at Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 19, 1948, two sons; James Dillinger and his wife Karen of Freeport, N.Y. and Michael Dillinger and his life partner Stacy of Manhattan, N.Y., nine daughters; Jean Magni and her husband Frank of Manoville, N.Y., Susan McCaffrey and her husband Larry of Massapequa, N.Y., Laura O'Reilley and her husband Jim of Boca Raton, Fla., Kathryn Franco and her husband Louie of Rockville Center, N.Y., Ann McCaffrey and her husband Gerard of South Hempstead, N.Y., Mary Friel of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Clare Rotondo and her husband Al of Rockville, N.Y., Helen McAuliffe and her husband Tim of Massapequa, NY and Margaret Fried and her husband Chris of Centerville, Ohio, his sister Helen Somerville of Setauket Long Island and sixteen grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Dillinger.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A mass of Christian death and burial will be celebrated Wednesday morning April 16, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Arlington.
Interment will be held in the family lot in Mt. St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing, N.Y. Visiting hours at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Arlington Chapel Route 7A Arlington, Vermont will be held Tuesday evening April 15, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Memorial gifts in Mr. Dillinger's memory may be made to Hospice of Manchester or to the Arlington Rescue Squad.
To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Arlington Chapel Route 7A Arlington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 14, 2008
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