May 30, 1918 - Aug. 7, 2007
PLYMOUTH - Louis John "Louie" Lillo, 89, of Plymouth, died Tuesday at Mansfield MedCentral Hospital.
He was born May 30, 1918 on Bullhead Road, Willard to the late Charles and Consuela (she was called Ceceilla) (D'Alessandro) Lillo. He had three brothers and five sisters.
He attended Richmond School, Willard. He was married 70 years to Josephine (Cavello) Lillo. They had three children.
He lived in this area all of his life. He served in World War II in the Philippines. He was a member of the American Legion, Plymouth. He was both a volunteer fireman and an auxiliary policeman in Plymouth. He volunteered to lay the cement block for the football field bleachers in Plymouth's Mary Fate Park and did the masonry work of the Plymouth Post Office, the original Hartenstein's Restaurant. He installed the vault in the Plymouth Bank. He is known for his love of gardening and he gave away vegetables to many friends and family.
He worked for Stacy Haun Construction Co. in Shelby and Fate, Root, Heath in Plymouth. He had a self-employed business as a contractor and was known for speed and accuracy of his brick laying ability.
He is survived by his son, Louis Michael Lillo of New Haven; four grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gerald (Maxine) Lillo of Willard; sisters, Mary Stewart of Willard and Margaret (Glenn) Hicks of Shelby; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Anthony and Mickey Cavello of Centerton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gerald of Willard in 1997; a daughter, Suzanne Belcore in 2003; brothers, Tony, Joe, and Frank Lillo; and sisters, Josephine Hicks, Anna Elliott and Rosie Rowe.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Stanley S. Szybka will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.