T. Ronald Pilot Jr.
Ron lost his brave, year-long fight with prostate cancer on Nov. 2, 2014.
Ron graduated from St. Joe’s Prep in 1971 and from the University of PA, Wharton School of Business, in 1975. He moved to NH in 1980 and spent most of his career in the banking industry working for United Savers Bank and New Dartmouth Bank.
Ron could be described as a Renaissance man in that he had eclectic interests and was passionate about photography, gardening, reading, cooking and child-rearing. He was devoted to his daughters, reading to them nightly, not just stories, but whole series, beginning with Thornton Burgess’ Animal Story Series through the Harry Potter series, over the years.
Ron had a wide circle of friends he met in high school and college. These friends were there for him throughout his illness, taking him to medical appointments, bringing him food, visiting and in the end, nursing. Their support and love contributed to his quality of life immeasurably. His big personality will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his daughter, Katie; former spouse, Vivian; stepson, Michael; and is predeceased by his daughter, Maggie. Other immediate family are his parents, Ron and Joan Shay Pilot; his siblings and their spouses, Barbara and Tommy Lake, Larry and Cindi Pilot III, Joan and Dan Hilferty, Peggy and Ed Gonzales, Elese and Randy Wichmann, and Michele and Mike DiTrolio; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Visiting hours were held on Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6-8 PM at The Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA with a Funeral Mass on Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:30 AM at the Sacred Heart Church in Havertown, PA. Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation or the American Cancer Association.