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Ralph Craig Dillon
Ralph Craig Dillon, age 63, of Bloomsburg, passed away at 1:31 p. m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following complications from chronic diffuse scleroderma.
Born in Bloomsburg on July 8, 1953, he was a son of the late Ralph L. and Carolyn J. (Hoch) Dillon. He attended the former Ben Franklin Elementary School at Bloomsburg State Teachers College for six years and went on to graduate from Bloomsburg High School in 1971 where he excelled in academics, wrestling and football. In 1975 he graduated from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, where he majored in English.
Ralph resided in the Boston, Mass. area for nine years before returning to Bloomsburg to manage Ralph Dillon's Flowers in 1986. He became the owner of the business in 2009 following the passing of his father.
He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg, where he assisted with the St. Columba Teen Life Program and was a member of the St. Columba School Board of Education.
Ralph was a Cursillista of the 88th Men's Cursillo weekend. He enjoyed reading, music, writing, jogging, nature, time with Christ, his grandchildren and family, and dog, Brandy.
Surviving are his wife, Debora A. (Taylor) Dillon, with whom he celebrated his 34th wedding anniversary on March 5, 2017; a daughter, Caitlin, wife of Adam Davis, Plum; two grandchildren: Hannah and Tyler Davis; two brothers: Steven L. Dillon, and his wife Deborah, McKean; Christopher M. Dillon, and his wife Joanna, Bloomsburg; two nieces and two nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, on Friday at 11 a. m. by his pastor, Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Friends may call at the Church on Friday from 10-11 a. m. A reception will follow the interment at St. Columba Church for his family and friends to celebrate his life.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.
Just learned yesterday of Craig's passing. What a sad loss. I had the good fortune to have worked for Ralph Dillon's Flowers in the early 2000s. Craig as a boss and a a person was the one of the greatest and kindest people on the face of the earth. Like Ralph, he was the kind of person that would give you shirt off his back, was always encouraging, and was patient and understanding. He also had a really genuine listening ear. Personally, he had a major positive impact on my life especially in helping me build confidence and a positive outlook. To reiterate what a kind caring person he was, can never be overdone. Debbie, Katlin, Bomber, Chris and the rest of the Dillon family, if there is anything I can do for you, PLEASE call me at (570) 204-5547. Sincerely, Jake Kline
Jake Kline Sep 7 2017 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to Deb, Caitlin, and your entire family. Praying that you are comforted by Our Lord during this difficult time.
Cher Simon Jun 15 2017 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Dillon
Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau Jun 14 2017 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure of visiting the flower shop for over 30 years. Craig and I always had great conversations, especially about family. He fought a great fight and now is with the Lord. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Dillon family.
Mike Bazzone, Lion Ribbon Co. Jun 14 2017 12:00 AM
I received an email from my parents today telling me that Craig had passed. I worked with Craig at Dillon's while I was in university and he was a great boss. More importantly, he was a very kind, good humored and warm person. I always had the best time when Craig, Mona and I were in the shop on a slow summer afternoon with some Van Morrison on the tape deck doing some routine inventorying or something and having a laugh together. I am very sad to hear of his passing and want to send my condolences to Debbie and Caitlin and to the rest of the Dillon family. Rest easy, Craig.
Clinton Sholl Jun 13 2017 12:00 AM
Just want to say I really enjoyed working with Craig. He was a great guy. To Deb, Caitlin and all the Dillon family, myself and my family send our best to you all.
FRANKLIN DENT Jun 13 2017 12:00 AM