G. Dana Bill
1926 - 2018
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G. Dana Bill, a longtime resident of Boxford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody, at age 92. Dana was born in Boston on May 6, 1926, one of two children of the late George Dana Bill and Bertha (Wood) Bill. Raised in Malden, Dana was a graduate of Malden High School class of 1944. Following graduation, he enlisted into the V12 program of the US Navy during WWII and proudly served as a Seaman, 2nd Class. Upon entering the V12 program, he attended Bates College and then completed his Bachelors Degree at Tufts University. Dana married Anita Plummer on May 21, 1949, and they lived in Malden and Melrose before settling in Boxford. Dana worked at the Malden Trust Co. for over 40 years, retiring as President and CEO of the Bank. Dana had a passion and love for life. He shared his selfless nature with his family, friends and the many organizations he volunteered with. With strong roots in Malden, Dana was very involved in helping people in the Malden community. He generously volunteered his time at the Malden YMCA, was a member of Malden Rotary Club, served on the Board of Directors for Malden Hospital Association, served as Treasurer at the Davenport Home, and helped establish the Tri City Mental Health Center. He was a Founding Director of the New England Automated Clearing House Association. While Dana kept his Malden roots close to his heart, he built a home in Boxford and became part of the community. He loved working in the yard, gardening, taking his daughters skating or fishing at the pond across the street, and spending time entertaining around the beloved pool. Dana was a longtime member of the First and Second Congregational Churches of Boxford. He served on the Building Committee for Boxford Public Schools, and helped establish the Johnson Memorial Field with the Boxford Athletic Association. After retiring, he volunteered at the Bread & Roses Soup Kitchen in Lawrence. Dana donated countless hours to many organizations, all in his genuine spirit of helping people. Dana was very blessed in life, but always wanted to share his happiness with the world around him. He always had a smile on his face or a practical joke in the works. He was famous for joke gifts, short sheeting beds, and counting ribs of his children and grandchildren. He loved chocolate ice cream or anything chocolate, animals, patriotic music, and passed his love of the Boston Pops along to his family. A natural athlete, Dana loved skiing, tennis and handball and played hockey every Friday night for many years. One of his favorite pass times was singing along to music, whether he knew the words or not. Above all, Danas dedication was to his family. He was very thoughtful, gentle, and kind. A true gentleman, Dana will be greatly missed, but his selfless, fun loving spirit will remain in the hearts of his family and everyone who knew him. Dana was the beloved husband of the late Anita (Plummer) Bill with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Devoted father of Cathy Steer and husband Phil of Gloucester, Deborah Thibault and husband Don of York, ME, and Holly Burke and husband Joseph of Danvers. Loving brother of the late Priscilla Green. Cherished grandfather of Dana Steer and partner Gary Hilborn of NYC, Andrew Steer and wife Sarah of Lynnfield, Katelyn Steer and wife Cass Anton-Steer of Cheshire, CT, Jennifer Wilkes and husband Ethan of NYC, Peter Thibault of London, England, and Rachel and Chad Burke, both of Danvers. Proud great-grandfather of Leah Pearl Steer of Lynnfield. Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Danas life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Wednesday, May 23 from 4-8pm, and for his Funeral Service at the Second Congregational Church, 173 Washington St., Boxford on Thursday at 10am. Interment with military honors pres ented by the US Navy at Boxford Village Cemetery, Boxford. Gifts in Danas memory may be made to the Malden YMCA, 99 Dartmouth St., Malden, MA 02148, or the Dementia Soc iety of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to a charity of your choice. For online tribute or directions: RobinsonFuneralHome.com.

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Published in The Tri-Town Transcript - Boxford from May 18 to Jun. 1, 2018.
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To The Family accept my sincere condolences you are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared.
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May 21, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.
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