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William (Bill) Dixon

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William "Bill" Dixon, 90, former Lincoln Park Mayor, WWII combat veteran, and POW, formerly of Lincoln Park, NJ, and New Milford, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at his home in Cebu, Philippines. Born in Bayonne, NJ in 1920 to William Dixon, a former mayor of Lincoln Park, and Grace (Blackwood) Dixon, he was raised in Lincoln Park, NJ and was a graduate of Boonton High School in 1938. Married to wife Ann in 1942, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was shot down, captured and held as a Japanese prisoner of war until liberated in 1945. A graduate of Upsala College, he was an executive with Foster-Wheeler Corporation, American Electric Power Corporation, Helmsley-Spear, LLC, Stone & Webster, and Lurgi, Inc. He was active in politics & public service, serving as a councilman and two-term Mayor of Lincoln Park, and served on numerous public boards and bodies. An avid outdoorsman, he held leadership positions with the Lakeland Hills YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America, as well as volunteer and service work with Rotary International, serving as President of the Rotary Club of Mandaue, Philippines, Friends of The Lincoln Park Library, American Legion Post #279, the Lincoln Park Republican Club, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park.
He was predeceased by his father William Sr., in 1949, brother Allen in 1984, wife Ann in 1985, mother Grace in 1993, and granddaughter Christina in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joy of Cebu, Philippines, son William and daughter- in- law Petra of Randolph, NJ, son Robert of Boonton, NJ, son John of Friendsville, PA, son David and daughter- in- law Jill of Pompton Plains, NJ, daughter Deborah (Dixon) Zanet of Saratoga, NY, son Sean of Cebu, Philippines, and son Leigh of Cebu, Philippines and five grandchildren, Kimberly (Dixon) Worsham of Baltimore, MD, Laura (Dixon) Griffin of Abingdon, MD, Danielle Dixon of Tampa, FL, Craig Dixon of Pompton Plains, NJ, and John R. Zanet, II of Saratoga, NY.
Services will be private and memorial contributions can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project ( benefitting soldiers wounded in defense of their country. Additional information via email available at: [email protected]
"I did it my way."

Published in Daily Record on Nov. 22, 2010
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