Stewart J. Dillon
May 6, 1946 – October 17, 2019
Stewart J. Dillon 73, of Hinsdale, NH, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
He was born on May 6, 1946 in Hartford, CT, the son of Stewart and Elizabeth Dillon.
Stewart served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969 during the Vietnam Era. Though he was drafted, he advanced to the rank of Sergeant. He was always very grateful for the training and discipline he received in the Army as it helped develop the work ethic that his children greatly admired in him.
He married Diana (Rizzo) Dillon in 1972, and was deeply in love with her throughout their 47 years of marriage. Their devotion and commitment to one another was an inspiration to their children.
They moved to Hinsdale, NH in 1978 when Stewart joined People’s Linen Rental in Keene as a partner. He went on to become CEO of the company where he worked for 18 years. He then worked as the general manager at Lakes Region Linen in Laconia, NH for 10 years.
Stewart and Diana raised four children in Hinsdale, Jason, Jennifer, Sarah Beth, and Michael. Stewart enjoyed being part of the Hinsdale community and could often be found on the bleachers at the Hinsdale High School basketball games, or having coffee with his friends, downtown. As much as he enjoyed being a father, Stewart loved being a grandfather, and was a very proud "Papa" to his six grandchildren.
Some of his favorite activities were playing golf with his friends, driving the many cars he owned throughout his life (usually Nissans!), and going out to dinner with his wife at the Four Leaf Clover (“Let’s go to The Leaf, babe.”). He enjoyed the simple things in life such as mowing his lawn, watching westerns, having breakfast with his friends at Timoleons in Keene, and most of all, watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and activities, especially basketball. He loved big family dinners at Papagallos in Swanzey and vacations at the Kentville in Hampton Beach.
Stewart leaves his wife Diana and his beloved cat, Rudy; his son, Jason Dillon and his wife, Amanda of Huntersville, NC; his daughter, Jennifer Tripp and her husband, Jeremiah, of Nashua, NH; his daughter, Sarah Beth Atherton and her husband, Derek, of Litchfield, NH; his son, Michael Dillon and his wife, Katie, of Keene, NH; his beloved brother, Robert Dillon, of Middletown, CT; his cherished sister, Denise Wollack and her husband, Joe, of Old Saybrook, CT; his six grandchildren, Bryce Dillon, Joshua and Jacob Tripp, Annabelle and Madelyn Atherton, and Oliver Dillon; his brother-in-law, David Rizzo and his wife, Laura; his sister-in-law, Pam DeLong and her husband, Scott; his sister-in-law, Susan Wilcox and her husband, Glenn; and many nieces and nephews including Meghan Whelen, Rebecca, Martin and Madison Wollack, Carrie and Scott DeLong, Rebekah Barnes, Olivia and Charlie Wilcox, and Kyle, Jenna and Chad Rizzo; He is predeceased by two nephews, Joseph Wollack and Patrick Alwill. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Keene State College Alumni Center, Norma Walker Hall, 232 Main Street, Keene, NH. A memorial service and celebration of Stewarts life will follow the calling hours at 4:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stewart’s memory to the Hinsdale PTSA Bleacher Fund, 49 School St., Hinsdale, NH 03451.
Hinsdale PTSA Bleacher Fund
49 School Street, Hinsdale, New Hampshire 03451
- Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Memorial and Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 9, 2019
Stewart J. Dillon
Sylvia and Pat Florio
October 29, 2019
We first met stew at people's linen where he serviced our motel we would go to the open house yearly and he was always nice later I worked at Timoleons and he would come in for breakfast no onions!! We are very sorry for your loss he was a good guy you are all in our prayers Pat and Sylvia Florio
Jennifer Murphy Aubin
October 24, 2019
As a nervous freshman at UNH and feeling very far away from home, Mr Dillon (he is such a gracious man, I always want to call him Mr), invited me to join their family for dinner. It was a kind thing to do and it would be the first of many delicious dinners, family parties and occasions with beloved and unspeakably welcoming Dillons. Mr Dillon always asked me about my career adventures because he knew if was important to me and let me know that I could do anything I set my mind to, I “had the right attitude.” High praise from an accomplished businessman. I still remember a tour of one of the linen businesses with Jen and he was greeted by everyone, from the janitorial staff to a department heads, he was awesome, it made an impression on me. No one loves his family more, his adoration of Mrs Dillon was a marker of the type of love I aspired to when I got married. I will miss our talks, his wit and perspectives. I am so lucky to know you, dear, wonderful, Mr Dillon. ❤️
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