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DILLON, Robert E., Jr.
DILLON - Robert E., Jr. Age 80, a Buffalo native, retired as Executive Vice President of Sony North America, passed away at his Westfield, NJ, home on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Alice Sullivan of Buffalo, and their seven children, Marion Morris, Brooklin, ME; Dan Dillon, Leesburg, VA; Bob Dillon Jr., Livingston, NJ; Andrew Dillon, Blue Hill, ME; Julia Dillon, Westfield; Joan Sloyan, Asheboro, NC; and David Dillon, Brooklin, ME; and 20 grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother James Dillon of Naples, FL. Son of Marion McNulty and Robert Dillon of Buffalo, he was a graduate of the Nichols School, Amherst College in 1953 and the Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1955. He later served as a Nichols trustee. After U.S. Army service overseas, he worked for Lake Erie Engineering, Electro Dynamics, Mobil and ADT before joining SONY in 1973. He served the electronics and entertainment company for 23 years until his retirement in 1996. He also served on the UNUM Board of Directors and as a trustee of the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York. Notable as a family man, Roman Catholic and energetic volunteer in health care, the arts, education and community charities, including the Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, the Kessler Foundation supporting rehabilitation research and employment programs for people with disabilities, the United Fund of Westfield, the Westfield Foundation, Westfield Senior Citizen Housing, New Jersey Connect in developing affordable housing for physically disabled people, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the United Way of Bergen County, and the Boy Scouts of Bergen County. He was honored with numerous awards recognizing decades of service and leadership. Not simply a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Westfield, he served his church in many volunteer capacities, including as a trustee. He was inducted into the Knights of Malta in 1994. The Dillons also maintain a home in Cape Elizabeth, ME, originally belonging to his parents and a family vacation gathering place for several generations. A funeral mass will be celebrated at The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Westfield, NJ at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15th. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to The Westfield Foundation (PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091), or to the charity of your choice. Additional information: DOOLEY'S FUNERAL HOME, (908) 233-0255.