Malone Telegram, The (NY) – Monday, December 23, 2013
John “Jack” A. Pilling, 78, of Santa Rosa, Calif., passed away Nov. 28, 2013. He shared Thanksgiving dinner with a host of friends and declared it to have been a perfect day.
Born in Chateaugay to Maynard and Arla Pilling, he resided there until his graduation from Chateaugay Central School in 1953. He went on to graduate with his Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in 1957 and his Master of Arts from the University of Colorado in 1967. He taught for many years in Syracuse as well as Boulder, Colo., but it was in counseling that he found his true calling. His career allowed him summers to travel the globe, visiting six of the seven continents and making many life-long friends on his way. Upon his retirement he settled in California and continued his adventures, culminating in the completion of two substantial bucket lists. When not traveling he gave much time and energy to numerous charitable organizations that were important to him, ranging from saving the Redwoods to feeding his fellow man. Dogs were a constant in Jack’s life and he had many faithful companions, most recently Sadie and Majico.
Rich in friends and family, he will be missed by many. He is survived by his cousin Nan Pilling Brown and her husband, Stephen, and their children Hannah, Marnie and Will, all of Winston-Salem, N.C., as well as their son Seth Brown of Guilford Conn. He also leaves numerous beloved relatives, especially cousins Rosemary Hiscock of Brainardsville and Barbara Marshall of Chester, Va.
He was predeceased by his dear aunt, Mary Pilling Brooks of Malone, his uncle, Harry Everett Pilling, and his cousin Robert Grant Pilling, both of Dryden, N.Y.
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