1923 – 2018
Woodstock – John “Jake” C. Dillon, 94, of Pinecrest Ridge, died peacefully at Matulaitis Nursing Home on Friday, September 14, 2018. He was the loving husband of Joan (Ericson) Dillon. John and Joan were married on December 27, 1946. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Patrick and Anna (Hoey) Dillon.
John was a United States Navy Veteran who served his country during World War II. He was devoted to teaching and supporting youth activities. John taught at numerous schools including Woodstock Academy, Putnam High School, Choate Rosemary Hall and Bromfield High School. He was also a division one player in both baseball and football at Washington and Lee High School in Lexington, Virginia. John, along with his wife were the former owners of The Russian Bear Inn in Thompson. John authored two books, “Blasted Apes,” about the Great Depression and a book of poetry called “Rhyme and Reason.” John was a life time member of the Quinnatisset Golf Club in Thompson.
In addition to being survived by his loving wife, Joan, John was survived by his son, John Dillon and his wife Shelley of WA.; daughter, Deborah Dillon of Woodstock; four grandchildren, Molly and Shea Dillon, Jennifer Lopriore Annese and Daniel Dillon Lopriore; and five great-grandchildren, Josephine and Joseph Annese, Jacob, Dillon and Luke Lopriore. John is predeceased by his son, Daniel Dillon; two brothers, Edward Dillon and Thomas Dillon; and two sisters, Helen Lockwood and Nancy Lewis.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Dean Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067.For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.