David A. Pilling
1936 - 2021
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David Alan Pilling, 85, of New Hampton, died suddenly April 21, 2021 at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH. surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born in N. Dighton, on January 30, 1936, he was the son of John and Sarah (Chesworth) Pilling.David was born in North Dighton, and graduated from Dighton High School in 1954. He was an avid basketball player and sang in the Acapella choir. After graduation, he was a volunteer firefighter for the Dighton Fire Department. He was drafted into the Army in 1958 and served 2 years while stationed at the Nike Site in Rehoboth, MA. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Attleboro and became a firefighter on the Attleboro Fire Department in February of 1962. David was a career firefighter and spent his entire career serving his community. He was promoted to Captain in 1973 and was again promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 1982. He retired from the Attleboro Fire Department in 1989 after serving over 32 years of public service. David was a devoted husband of 64 1/2 years to his wife, who he married in October of 1956, Ruth Ann (Sears). Together they enjoyed travelling with close friends, boating, fishing, gardening, hunting and home improvements. They raised three children, David Pilling, Jr., Carol (Pilling) Sullivan and Stephen Pilling and were blessed with three grandchildren, Brittany, Joseph and Colin, along with one great-granddaughter, Lilly, who he adored. He was lovingly known as "Grampy Beanbush" to his grandchildren for his tremendous gardens. He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and enjoyed many family gatherings. After his retirement, David and Ruth Ann moved to Greenwood, ME to enjoy retired life and eventually settled in New Hampton, NH. Some of their retirement highlights were several trips to Florida, a trip to Alaska and many clambakes with family and friends. David always had a "project" or a home improvement plan that he was working on and loved to "tinker" in his workshop. He was a dedicated family man and always put his family first. David was predeceased by his brothers, Warren Pilling and Richard Pilling. David is survived by his wife, Ruth A. (Sears) Pilling; loving father to David A. Pilling, Jr., Carol L. Sullivan and her husband Gary, Stephen J. Pilling and his wife Angela (Ragusa); loving grandfather of Brittany Piling, Joseph Pilling, and Colin Pilling, and his great granddaughter, Lilly Pilling. Private visitation on hours will be held at the Mayhew Funeral Home in Meredith, NH. A graveside service will be at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3 p.m., and friends and family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a local fire department of your choice or to the American Heart Association. www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Taunton Gazette on Apr. 26, 2021.
Graveside service
03:00 PM
NH Veterans Cemetery
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May 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire Pilling family. Mr. Pilling was a very nice man and with his wife raised a great family.
Gregory Ilkowitz
May 2, 2021
Rest In Peace, Uncle David. Love, Sally and Fran
Sally Odonnell
April 28, 2021
Ruth and family I would like to pass on my deepest sympathy on hearing of David’s passing. I am living in SWFL full time and news travels slow. I have several memories and over 9 years working with him. I respect anyone like Dave who was a volunteer firefighter and served his community for free ( I also did) until becoming a permanent full-time firefighter. I remember our trip to Greenwood ME after he retired and the work he did with the volunteer FD up there. David was a true firefighter in all he did and I won’t forget him!
God bless,
Raymond Slater
Raymond Slater
April 28, 2021
So many happy memories of Dave and Norm, working to build a certain house at 255 Oak Hill Ave. Of the four of us just having fun with the Douglases. Ruth I know how you feel. It’s like a big piece of your heart is missing. It will get better with time. I’m glad he didn’t have a lingering illness for his sake, but it’s tough on you and the family. Much love from all of us and I will find him at the cemetery where my Dad is also buried. Love Anne
Anne Slater
April 26, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
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