Elmer A. 'Bill' Tilden
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96, passed away July 29, 2013 at the Hospice Center in Charleston, S.C. He was born Jan. 11, 1917 at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, the son of Elmer A. and Nettie P. Tilden of 1001 22nd Street. He remembers being told that it was the nurses at Aultman who gave him the nickname 'Bill' after the famous tennis player of that time, Big Bill Tilden. Among his fondest memories were his times spent with his grandparents, Guy and Belle Tilden of Canton and Congress Lake and George and Emma Parsons of Dearborn, Mich. Bill attended Daniel Worley Grade School from 1922 to 1931, then two years at Lehman followed by two years at McKinley High School where he was the trainer on the 1934 state championship football team. After graduating from McKinley, he spent a year at Ohio State University before coming home to take jobs at Diebold and Republic Steel. In 1942, he hired on at the Naval Ordinance Plant in Canton where he remained until after the war. In 1945, Bill went to work for the Union Metal Manufacturing Company in Canton, the company he worked for until he retired in 1978. He worked in a variety of jobs at Union Metal leading to his being transferred in 1962 to their Chicago office where his sales territory included Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Retiring to Sarasota in 1978 with his beloved wife, Jinny (the former Virginia M. Hight), they enjoyed 32 years together in Florida celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in 2010 just six months before Jinny passed away. They were able to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia as well as 46 of the 50 states. Bill was an avid car enthusiast, a model railroader for decades and wrote extensively of his life experiences. During his last 10 years, he took great pride in his monthly column titled 'Do You Remember' published in the Senior Forum newspaper distributed throughout Stark and Summit Counties in northeastern Ohio. Bill was a true gentleman, a gregarious individual with many friends and a youthful fascination for all things mechanical. His library was vast with dog-eared pages throughout. As one who made and kept friends easily, Bill was often referred to as 'the man who never met a stranger'.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jinny. Survived by his sister, Doris Larson of Toledo; his sister-in-law, Connie Hight of Indianapolis; his son, Douglas and daughter-in-law, Sue of Charleston, S.C., and his son, Scott and daughter-in-law, Cheryl of Washington, Conn. He is also survived by his nieces, Kris Jeffery, Deborah Brown, Diane Klein and his nephew, Andrew Larson.
A memorial service for both Bill and Jinny will be held next spring at Crooked Creek in Sarasota, Fla., where they spent 18 years of happy, contented retirement.
Published in The Repository on Aug. 18, 2013