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David D. and Phyllis A. Dillon


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David D. & Phyllis A. Havens Dillon

Manchester

David D. Dillon passed Thursday November 9, 2017, six days after the love of his life, best friend, and wife of 64 years, Phyllis Dillon, passed on November 3, 2017. As an 18 year old, Dave was serving in the Air Force and stationed at March Air Force Base in California when met his future bride, then 15 year old Phyllis Ann Havens of Glendale, California. They married June 20th, 1953 and returned to his native Red Bank. They resided in the Little Silver/Red Bank area before moving to Manchester in 2001. Mr. Dillon enjoyed dual careers in the insurance industry and also as a professional actor. He started his life insurance career in 1955 with Metropolitan Life, and in 1961, he joined John C. Paige & Co. in New York City. Mr. Dillon retired from Prudential Insurance Company in 1987 where he was a brokerage manager for their New York office.

Following his dream of being an actor, Mr. Dillon gained stage experience locally with the Monmouth Players. Landing his first role as a bartender in a beer commercial in 1967, Mr. Dillon worked in film, print, and radio, eventually appearing in over 200 TV commercials, 250 industrial training films, and numerous print ads and voice over spots. Mr. Dillon also performed as Master of Ceremonies at many civic, charitable, and corporate events. He retired from acting in 2007. Mrs. Dillon worked locally for several area companies before eventually starting her own business. Having close involvement with her husband's acting career, in 1984 Mrs. Dillon, along with her husband, founded and was president of Special Artists Management, Inc., a Red Bank based talent agency supplying talent to production houses and ad agencies in the local, Philadelphia, and New York markets. Focused on industrial/corporate training films, print advertising, and voice-overs, the agency distinguished itself as a source of top talent. Mrs. Dillon retired in 2003 following the sale of the business. Mr. Dillon was born in Bound Brook, NJ on May 17, 1932. He was a 1950 graduate of Red Bank High School where he lettered in football and track. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Dillon was a Lifetime Member of the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Actors Equity Association, was a past member of the Red Bank Jaycees, The Jersey Coast Club, The Players Club (NYC), Little Silver Fire Department, Red Bank Kiwanis, VFW, The B-47 Association, and LVW Golf Club, and was a charter member of the ROMEO Lunch Club. He was a 2012 inductee into the Red Bank Regional High School Hall of Fame. An avid fan of the New York Jets, Mr. Dillon also enjoyed golf, swimming, the beach, and shooting sports.

Mrs. Dillon was born in Greenville, Texas February 20, 1935, and was a 1953 graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale, California. She is a former member of the Junior League of Monmouth County, committee member of annual Monmouth Park Charity Ball. She was a wonderful cook and consummate hostess, enjoyed playing piano, bowling, genealogy, Broadway plays, and the challenge of a good crossword puzzle, card or board game.

Together, beyond enjoying each other's company, Mr. and Mrs. Dillon delighted in spending time with their children and grandchildren. They also enjoyed attending the theatre and movies, travel, and entertaining. Among their fondest memories, were of times spent with family and friends at their home "Bahlzanahl Hall" in Little Silver. The house had a constant flow of visiting relatives, friends, and associates, and was the site of many gatherings, parties, and several weddings. Mr. Dillon was the son of the late Col. Asahel S. Dillon and Estelle Greenawalt Dillon. He was also predeceased by his sister, Patricia Dillon Gerber, and his brother, Zale Dillon. Phyllis was pre-deceased by her parents, Weldon J. Havens and Velma Todd Havens. They are survived by daughter Dana Leigh Dillon, Asbury Park, NJ; daughter Marjorie Dellecker and husband James, Venice, FL; son, David D. Dillon, II and his wife Lisa Brodfuhrer Dillon, Severna Park, MD; five beloved grandchildren: Christina Walling, Melissa Walling, David D. Dillon III, Erica Dillon, and Laura Dellecker Foray, three great grandchildren: Ava June Westdyke, Drew Dellecker, and Savannah Foray. Also Mr. Dillon's sister, Bunny Bell of Geneva, NY, Mrs. Dillon's four half-sisters and six half-brothers. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Monday, December 11th, 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-9:00 pm at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank. A Memorial Service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank will be on Tuesday, December 12th at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Dillon family plot of Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, OH. Contributions in Mr. and Mrs. Dillon's memory may be made to HABcore, Inc. of Red Bank, NJ.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 22, 2017
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