William A. "Bill" Dillon Jr., died after a brief illness in Concord Hospital Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. He was born on Jan. 8th, 1926, in Cambridge, Mass. to George Kilkis of Greece and Alma Bolte of Germany. He was raised in Somerville, Mass. and moved with his mother to Boscawen. He was adopted by William Dillon. He helped run Alma's Restaurant on Route 3, and enjoyed the outdoor opportunities a city boy never had.
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Bill attended Franklin High School, and as with many young men left to join the U.S. Navy in World War II. He returned afterwards, at the end of the war and finished school. He married his sweetheart of 66 years Mildred "Millie" Yeo on July 25, 1947.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, James; sister, Harriet; daughter, Diane Marie Reed; grandson, Dana Patrick Reed; and son-in-law, Charles Reed Sr.
Survived by sons, William III (Patricia), of Claremont and James (Mary) of Franklin. Survived by daughters, Susan (Frank) Giambrone of Maine, Sally (Winston) Salmon of Penacook, Kelly (Ricky) Chandonnait of Franklin, Penny (Stephen) Woodward of Utah and Mindy (David) Normand of Northfield. He leaves 18 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bill and Millie moved to Central Street in Franklin in 1953. There they raised the kids, and he enjoyed many hours working in his workshop. He was an avid carpenter, builder, appliance fixer, and lover of Big Band music and especially the crooners. Although they shared a birthday, no Elvis music for Dad! After the service, Bill worked in many companies. He lastly worked at Polyclad in Franklin, and worked up to the age of 70. He endured the Red Sox for a lifetime and their World Series triumphs and heartaches with Mill. At their first series win in 2004 he was relieved.
He loved watching the birds, drives in the car, and reading. During the summer, for several decades, the family spent Sunday at Wellington State Park in Newfound. Dad sure could pack and unpack that wagon with everything and all the kids! He will be greatly missed. One of our favorite laughs is that he always sent flowers to Millie for Valentine's Day. Sure enough, two days later, she would get the bill in the mail. Good ole' Dad. She always said, "At least he remembered." During the later years, two grandchildren really helped above and beyond the call. Thank you, Alicia Bentley and Leana Dillon. The never ending support and time and patience you provided was a blessing.
As per Bill's wishes, no service or calling hours will be held.
A burial will be held in the spring at Veterans' Cemetery in Boscawen. . Just in time for the birds to join us. Rest in Peace, Dad.
NH Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 17, 2013