Alan D. Hilliard, 91, The Candyman of Atria Woodbriar Place in Falmouth, formerly of Easton, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at home under the care of his family. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Welch) Hilliard for 66 years. Born in Haverhill on Nov. 18, 1922, a son of the late Perley A. and Jessie A. (Parker) Hilliard, he was raised in Newton and was a 1940 graduate of Newton High School. As a child, Mr Hilliard was raised in the family business of confectionary manufacturing. By the age of 15, he was helping his father in their Quincy store known as Hilliards Candy Store making everything from carmel to fudge to various other types of candy. Upon graduating from high school, he continued working for the family business and a year prior to entering the military he married his late wife Barbara. A veteran of WWII, he served in the US Army as a Tech 4 and was stationed in Hawaii and after the end of WWII he was stationed in Japan as part of the US occupational force during the transition. Upon honorable discharge, he resumed working for the familys business and together Alan and his wife Barbara began promoting the Hilliard brand which at one point included 14 stores. In 1950, as part of the Hilliard Family, Alan and his wife Barbara moved with daughter Margery to Easton living in an apartment over the newly-opened Hilliard Kitch-In-Vue Candy at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street. Today the store is known as Hilliards House of Candy which is still family owned and known for its manufacturing and sale of candy with locations in Easton, Canton and Hanover. Twelve years after opening the Easton location, Mr. Hilliard opted to concentrate on a chocolate-tampering machine his father had invented and started Hilliards Chocolate System, developing a variety of small to medium-sized tampering machines now used in retail businesses throughout the world. A longtime resident of Easton, Alan and his late wife Barbara spent over 20 years of time together between Massachusetts and Florida during their retirement and both were devoted to family. While raising his family in Easton, Mr. Hilliard was an active member of the Easton Lions Club serving as past King Lion. Alan spent the last 9 months at Atria Woodbriar Place in Falmouth where he lived a full and active life enjoying the company of great friends and a caring staff. Alan is survived by three children, Margery Hilliard Davidson of Newport Beach, Calif., David Hilliard of Oak Bluffs, and Judy McCarthy of Falmouth; his siblings, Dorcas Brown of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Philip Hilliard of Halifax, and Christine Wilson of Harper, Kan.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Douglas Hilliard, Ruth Hilliard and Elizabeth Stacey. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton. Interment with military honors will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. Visiting hours on Friday from 4 - 8 p.m. For directions, condolences, please visit www.kanefuneralhome.com.
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Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services
605 Washington St (Rte. 123) Easton, MA 02375
Published in The Enterprise on June 13, 2014