On November 20, 1974, Philip Dill and his son, Gregory joined the Willington Karate Club. Philip and Founder George Saba had met on the Job. Though I was young at the time and not part of the club, I still remember Mr. Dill. One day when out with my Father, we stopped by the Monson Police Station where I met Mr. Philip Dill. I remember really liking him, he told me a story (which he said was true) about his best friend whose last name was Pickle! He said they got in trouble once when their names were being called out, since the Scout Master (or Teacher/Coach, can’t remember which) called out Dill…Pickle! I wish I had more memories to share but that one has never left me. My Father always had good things to say about Philip Dill, a man of integrity, an old school cop who helped people whenever possible.
For prosperity I am reproducing his Obituary here, but you can see the original here.
Philip H. Dill, Jr., June 14, 1928 – November 8, 2011
Monson-Philip H. Dill, Jr., 83, of Wilbraham Road, died unexpectedly, November 8, 2011, at Wing Memorial Hospital. Born in Springfield to the late Philip H. Dill and Eloine Z. (Farr) Cady, he has been a resident of Monson since 1940. Mr. Dill attended Monson High School then transferred to Springfield Trade School. He entered the US Navy in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947. Upon his discharge he received the WWII Victory Medal. Phil was a cabinet maker for several independent companies and then became a police officer for the Town of Monson. Sergeant Dill retired from the Monson Police Department after 25 years of service. Phil was active with the Monson Boy Scout Troops, the Blue Knights, and the Monson Summerfest Committee. He also taught courses for the American Red Cross. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, photography, woodworking and glass etching.
Mr. Dill leaves his wife of 62 years Margaret R.(Houston) Dill; sons, Gregory Dill and his wife Jeanne, Donald Dill and his wife Lisa all of Monson; daughter, Linda Johnson and her husband Gene of Edgewater, Florida; sister, Barbara Leek of TN; grandchildren, Stephen and Amanda Dill, Cynthia and James DeSellier, Matthew and Stacey Dill, Amanda and Christopher Judd, Shelley Dill, Cameron Dill and Zachary Dill; 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.