Donald L. Bilby
Norman Dean Home for Services, Inc.
16 Righter Avenue
Denville, NJ
Donald L. Bilby

Donald L. Bilby passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, at the conclusion of their annual two-week vacation at the Jersey Shore on August 8, 2021. He had shared 83 wonderful years of unconditional love, devotion, hard work, infectious laughter, priceless wisdom, and unforgettable memories with family and friends.

He made a very successful 34-year career for himself as the Chief Financial Officer starting with L.E. Carpenter in Dover, NJ which became Forbo and relocated to Hazelton, PA; he officially retired in 1997. After retirement he continued to work, finding his niche at Home Depot in Dover. Donald married his best friend and soulmate, JoAnn M. Swenty, on June 25, 1960. Together they settled in Denville to begin a family of their own before relocating to Mountain Lakes in 1971.

Although we are deeply saddened by his passing, we take comfort in knowing that we have the greatest Guardian Angel watching out for us from above. Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Donald is a better person for it. We will keep his memory, teachings, and ambition for life alive for generations to come.

He leaves only joyful memories to his beloved wife of 61 years, JoAnn (Swenty); his adored children, Debra Merian and her husband Peter and Donald L. Bilby, Jr. and his wife Jennifer; his cherished grandchildren, Andrew, Michelle, Colt, and Jake; and brother-in-law William Swenty and wife Carol; along with extended family and dear friends. Donald was predeceased by his parents Eugene and Ethel Bilby and many beloved dogs that greeted him at the gates of Heaven.

Public Visitation will be held on Friday, August 13th from 5 - 8 pm at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Avenue, Denville. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 14th at 10:30 am at Grace Church on the Mount, 758 NJ-10, Randolph, NJ 07869. Memorial Donations are being accepted to Grace Church on the Mount, 758 NJ-10, Randolph, NJ 07869 or Pinebrook Bible Conference & Retreat, 5339 Pinebrook Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, Please visit for his complete obituary and to leave a condolence for his family.

Published by Daily Record from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2021.
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Norman Dean Home for Services, Inc.
16 Righter Avenue, Denville, NJ
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758 NJ-10, Randolph, NJ
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