Frederick Jerome Pillion Jr., 90, a longtime resident of Jackson, N.H., died on the evening of Oct. 4, 2019, with his beloved wife of 66 years, Anne Marie, at his side.
Fred was born in Newton, Mass., the only child of Frederick Jerome Sr. and Catherine Frances (O’Connor). Fred grew up in Cochituate, Mass., and he deeply loved and revered his parents, who became known by all as Nan and Bub.
In 1953, after serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, Fred returned home where he and Anne married and began their family of six children, all born within the next seven years.
Together, Fred and his father built a home in Sudbury, Mass., for their growing family, a home that was the hub of activity for their tight knit neighborhood. Fred held various jobs until he found his niche and excelled in the profession of sales.
His professional success was a direct result of who he was as a person; honest, loyal, humble, caring and kind, with an unwavering positive and upbeat approach to life. He was a gentleman through and through, and treated everyone he met with respect.
In 1964, the young Pillion family enjoyed a summer vacation in Jackson, and Fred and Anne knew they’d discovered where they wanted to be. In 1965, Fred and his father Bub built a log home on Ridge Road and thereafter instilled in their children a love for the mountains and outdoors.
Nearing retirement, Fred, Anne, and Nan and Bub moved together to their final Jackson home on top of Eagle Mountain. Well into his 80s, Fred continued downhill skiing, hiking, bicycling and tennis at the Jackson Tennis Club clay courts, where his slice and spin at the net frustrated all of his opponents.
Above all else, Fred’s family was his top priority, and he was the rock that held everyone together through hard times and good times. He was a wonderful and devoted husband and father. He also had deep, lifelong friendships that he treasured and enjoyed, especially on the slopes at Wildcat Mountain.
Fred was predeceased by his beloved parents, and his three eldest children, Frederick Jeffrey, Gary Walter and Scott Jerome.
Fred is survived by the love of his life Anne; children, Richard Pillion and partner, Christina McGrath, of Jackson, N.H.; Janet Anne Pillion and wife, Hadley Champlin, of Intervale, N.H.; and Catherine Farrell and husband, Donald, of Abington, Mass.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and daughters-in-law, Susan Pillion of Naples, Fla.; and Carol Pillion of Nantucket, Mass.
Fred’s family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Merriman House in North Conway for their compassion and excellent care of Fred in the last year of his life challenged by dementia. He is and will always be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Fred’s service will be on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in North Conway, with a reception to follow at The Shannon Door in Jackson. All are welcome.
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