OBITUARY

Erik Alan Dillon

May 19, 1975July 24, 2018
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Erik Dillon, 43, of Rye Brook, NY, passed away on July 24, 2018.

Erik was born in Michigan City, Indiana and lived in the Chicago area until 1986 when the family moved to Cape Coral, Florida. He has lived in New York since 1997.

Immediately after high school graduation, Erik joined the Marines. The Marines helped shape a great kid into a great man. He was proud to serve and continued to support various veteran organizations after his discharge in 1997. He could still fit in his Marine uniform and was known to wear it on special occasions, most recently for the funeral of a friend's father that was a veteran.

Upon his discharge from the Marines, Erik was recruited by USIS where he helped establish their technology services division. In 1999, he started his employment with Avon continuing to advance his skill in the Information Technology field. He traveled globally for Avon, working in India, Guatemala, Brazil, Poland, Columbia and the Phillipines, amongst many other places. He received many accolades, awards and recognition for his work - but was extremely humble and would defer credit to his team.

Erik was known for his fierce loyalty to his Chicago sports teams - namely the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He would often find a way to include some kind of navy blue or orange into his outfits. At his wedding, navy and orange were included in the wedding colors and they played the Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle" from the Bears 1995 Superbowl Season.

Erik was also known for his calm demeanor. He never sweated the small stuff. During a crisis, you could count on him to be the calm in the storm. He was very level headed. Many of his co-workers credit him with showing them how to manage stressful situations while maintaing their cool.

He was also known for his generous heart. He would help anyone in need. Over the years he has championed various causes. His favorites include American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Humane Society, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Bears Care - the charitable organization of the Chicago Bears. In addition, when a friend's son was born with a heart defect and required multiple surgeries, he created a Crowdrise Gofundme account to help raise funds to offset their out of pocket medical bills, in addition to raising awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.

He was a great animal lover and adored his cats - Timmay, Butters and Tweek. All of whom he rescued (or maybe they rescued him).

Erik's sense of humor was one of his best assets. He was never afraid to be "silly" and you could always count on him for a laugh. We could all surely use that at this time.

Erik was preceded in death by his mother, Jacqueline Dillon. He leaves behind his wife Michelle Dillon, father Raymond Dillon of Cape Coral, FL, sister Michelle Rajzer (Frank) of Plano, IL, sister Lisa Windhorn (Kyle) of Liberty Lake, WA, brother Jerome Dillon (Kim) of Cape Coral, FL, sister Carla Uhlenbrauck (Henry) of Safety Harbor, FL, in addition to many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. And not to be forgotten - his brothers-from-another-mother, Stephen Bone and Clayton Ross.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Erik's name to one of his favorite charities:

Bears Care: https://www.chicagobears.com/community/bears-care

Dana Point: http://www.danapoint5thmarines.com/donate

MiddleTown Humane Society: http://www.middletownhumanesociety.com/cage-sponsorship/

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Hours Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment Private
REMEMBERING

Erik Alan Dillon

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Bill Logan

July 31, 2018

I ‘m an older retired man who has a Security job at Avon Products in Rye,NY. I have worked at the security gate for 4 years. Every morning, 5 days a week a little old blue Suburu with a spoiler on the hood would come thru my gate. It was Erik Dillon. The first few months of seeing that car we always waved to each other but never spoke. Eventually we started talking about the Chicago Bears, and also about the military I was Army and he was Marines. After a while we became good friends and discussed all of the worlds problems. We always spoke a few times a day especially when he was on his smoke break next to my security booth.
Erik was a special guy and I would like to extend my sincere prayers and sympathy to his family.
The only time that I saw Eric upset was when the hurricanes hit Florida and he had no contact with his family that lived where the storm had hit. He was very upset because he had no phone contact with anyone in Florida. The next day he told me that everyone was fine and very little property damage. He was so relieved to find out that all was ok.
Rest In Peace Erik. Bill Logan

Veronica Reilly

July 26, 2018

I met Erik through his wife, Michelle, who I've know since she was 5 and is more sister than friend. Erik and I shared our USMC Brotherhood, having both served this great nation. We became instant friends. After moving to Florida from NY, we made sure to visit with them when they came down to visit his family. He was a great man, a good friend and a proud Marine. Last year, he spent the month of November honoring his fellow veterans on his Facebook page and I was blown away when he picked me to share on his page. No matter how long we may not have seen each other, we always acted like it had been minutes since we last met and not days, years or distance. Erik, you will be greatly missed by all who have known you and all who love you. Semper Fi, guard those gates well, Marine.
Roni

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