MAHWAH, N.J. -- Frank T. Dillon, 90, of Mahwah and formerly of Midland Park, died Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he was longtime resident of Midland Park before moving to Mahwah 25 years ago.
He was the owner and operator of FD Fire Equipment of Mahwah before his retirement 18 years ago.
He was a parishioner of the Church of the Nativity in Midland Park and was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 5498. Dillon was a co-founder of the Midland Park Little League Baseball Association in 1953 and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the borough Oct. 1, 1961.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1943-46 in the Second World War.
He had a passion for the New York Yankees and never met a casino he didn’t like. He will always be remembered for his catch phrases, “if you could be any animal, what would you be?” and “you need $1.32 to run away with me.”
Surviving him are his loving wife of 65 years Doris (nee Hansen) Dillon of Mahwah; his three sons, Kevin and his wife Patty of Midland Park, Brian and his wife Cindy of Washingtonville, N.Y. and Donald and his wife Patti of Ramsey; his grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Kimberly, Michael his wife Amanda; and his two great-grandchildren, Logan and Lucas.
Visiting hours are from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Ave. Wyckoff. There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Nativity, 315 Prospect St., Midland Park. Entombment will be in Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 would be appreciated.