Fred Fisher Billington, a retired Moog technical coordinator who also worked for Curtiss-Wright Corp. during World War II, died Saturday in The Waters of East Aurora after a long illness. He was 89.
Born in Milton, Pa., he lived most of his life in East Aurora and attended East Aurora High School.
Mr. Billington went to work for Curtiss-Wright in 1941 as a planner until 1945. While there, he met his future wife, Elizabeth Butler.
Before joining the aircraft manufacturer, he worked as a plumber in the family business for five years and returned to that job after the war. In 1961, he joined Moog Inc., retiring in 1980.
Mr. Billington was a member of the East Aurora Fire Department and Blazing Star Lodge 694, Free & Accepted Masons. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, he is survived by three daughters, Gail Barnhardt of Fort Erie, Ont., and Joan McAllister and Roxanne Martina, both of South Wales; two sons, Garry F. of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Dale Lewis of Ithaca; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
His funeral was today in Baker Memorial Methodist Church, East Aurora.