James "Jim" Lilly (1930 - 2014)

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James "Jim" Lilly, died peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, August 3, 2014, at Hospice House in Concord.

He was born September 23, 1930, in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of Alfred and Dorothy (Matlock) Lilly. He attended schools in Scarsdale, N.Y., transferring to New Hampton School where he fell in love with the state. For a time, he worked at "Thunder Cloud Ranch", a 200 acre farm located on Peaked Hill in Bristol, where he found great satisfaction in working in all aspects of the operation from riding horseback, tending animals, or haying the fields.

Throughout his life, Jim fondly recalled his time at the "farm", told stories of his experiences there and frequently took people on rides to visit his special place. After New Hampton School, Jim went on to attend the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City, graduating in 1956. He then joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn. as a technical illustrator. When the opportunity came in 1960 to join the Orr, Pope and Moulton Advertising Agency in Concord as Art Director, Jim jumped at the chance to fulfill his dream of returning to New Hampshire and to work in a field that suited his talents perfectly. He remained with the agency until his retirement in 1992.

Jim married Nancy Price in 1954 and they moved to Canterbury in 1958. In the intervening years Jim served the town in many ways through his work with 4-H, the Canterbury Outing Club (Aukee), the Sno-Shakers, Boy Scouts, the Canterbury Players and the Canterbury Fair. Jim designed Canterbury's Town Report covers for many years and often created artwork for town organizations. Canterbury's 2007 Annual Report was dedicated to Jim and Nancy in recognition of their work.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; and his daughter, Cindi Lilly Bailey and her boyfriend (fiance-to-be), John Carr and his son, Jim and his girlfriend, Stef Rossman, both of Canterbury.

He was predeceased by his son, Scott who died in 1993; and by his brothers, Alfred and Robert.

Also surviving are his grandsons, Ben and Ryan Bailey; granddaughters, Bailey and Kayla; and great-grandchildren, Zack, Tyler, Blake and Jack; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was a great success in his artwork and in his life. His zest, innate curiosity, humility, love of the outdoors, the lake, his boatz, the Adirondacks, his sense of humor, generosity and willingness to share it all with family, friends and people he didn't even know marked him as special.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. at the Lilly family home, 10 Wilson Road in Canterbury. The family asks that you please feel free to dress casual.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the CRVN Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.

The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 8, 2014
James Walden Lilly
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