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Dillard, Edward Ford

Edward F. Dillard, 86, died January 30th, 2014. Ted Dillard was the husband of Bernardette Stein Dillard, and passed away after a brief illness at the Concord Healthcare Center in Concord MA.

He was the son of Edward A. W. and Margaret Ford Dillard, also of Harvard, MA, and is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Martha Louise Dillard and Paul Norman Seaquist, of Topsham, Maine; son and daughter-in-law Edward Wynde and Teresa Marie Dillard of Dedham, MA; and one grandson, Tyler Sheridan Dillard, also of Dedham.

He is also survived by his brother Robert W. Dillard's family: Mrs. Joan Dillard, also of Harvard, and her daughters Susan, Elizabeth and Sarah, and son Robert, and their families.

Ted was a graduate of Boston University, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and served in the US Navy with an Honorable Discharge in 1946. He was an Electrical Engineer, and worked for the Massachusetts Electric System from his graduation until his retirement in 1992. A longtime resident of Harvard, Ted was active in the Harvard Boy Scouts and the Explorers, was a President of the Leominster Rotary Club, an active volunteer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a volunteer on several town boards in Harvard. Ted was an avid golfer, sailor, hiker, woodworker, cook and photographer and held an active Amateur Radio license for over 60 years, with the distinctive call sign "W1RPM". Ted shared his interests with an infectious enthusiasm. He was a patient mentor and teacher to many, both in his profession and his passions.

A Memorial Service will be held at the St. Andrews Church, 7 Faulkner St. Ayer, at 11AM on Saturday, February 22, with a reception to follow. Donations should be made to the St. Andrews Outreach Fund in lieu of flowers.