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ROBERT N. TILLETT "Jim" (Age 87)  

On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, Jim Tillett of La Plata, Maryland passed away at the Genesis Health Care La Plata Center. Mr. Tillett was born in Washington, DC on October 19, 1925 to John E. Tillett and Maude Sellers Tillett of Twining City, SE Washington, DC. Jim was the youngest brother to Edgar, Irving, John, Mary Madelyn and Kathleen. Jim volunteered for military service during World War II serving in the 10TH Mountain Division Co. F 86 Reg as a combat infantryman in Italy. He received a Bronze Star and citation for meritorious action and gallantry while under enemy fire. He was a Life Member of the Scott, Johnson Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9619 in Morningside, MD. He spent much of his working life as a brick mason in Washington, D.C. and was a life member of the International Union Of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers and a past President of the local Bricklayers Union No. 1. In the 1960's and early 70's he co-owned Tillett's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue SE known as " The Place Where Golfers Meet" sponsoring golf tournaments at local golf courses. Jim was known to all as a sporting man that enjoyed football, golf, horse racing, and fishing for most of his life. An avid golf enthusiast, he attended the Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia for many years. In his later years he liked to grow vegetable gardens and bake cakes to share with family and friends. Jim is survived by his sister, Mary Madelyn Reidy of Myrtle Beach, SC and 22 nephews and nieces as well as numerous grandnephews and nieces. Relatives and friends may call at the Raymond Funeral Home at 5635 Washington Avenue La Plata, MD 20646 on Saturday December 22, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. Service and Interment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery 11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham, Maryland 20623 January 2, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 20, 2012
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