Kilborn Church Obituary, 91

Kilborn Church
A memorial service will be held at St James Episcopal Church in Woodstock on May 5 at 11 a.m. for Kilborn (Kil) Church, adored husband, admired father, engaging grandfather, skier, sailor, pilot who passed away peacefully on April 7 at Cedar Hill in Windsor. Ffllowed by a reception with the family in the church hall. The burial will be a private ceremony in Guilford, Connecticut.
He was born in New Haven, Connecticut on Sept 29, 1925 son of Adelaide Whitehouse Church and Heyliger Church.
Kilborn grew up in Marblehead, Maassachusetts and Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated early in order to serve in the Marine Corps in WWll where he was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon returning stateside, Kil joined the class of 1951 at Yale University where he became a member of the Elihu Society, ‘lettered’ in football, completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and met Mary Patterson Fox of New Haven, the love of his life and loving wife of 66 years.
Kil’s professional career was spent at Fafnir Ball Bearing in New Britain, Connecticut, where he headed up the manufacturing division until his retirement in 1980. During this time, he and Mary had settled in Guilford, Connecticut with their three children. Their Leete’s Island residence of 25 years provided a setting for the family’s favorite activities: hiking, sailing, skiing, riding horses, and once Kil had earned his pilot’s license flying to places up and down the East Coast.
Once retired from Fafnir, he and Mary moved to Woodstock, to expand their opportunities for skiing and set up a small manufacturing business, MFox and Co. In addition to growing the business Kil always found time to volunteer; he loved meeting new people and giving back to others. His most significant volunteer contribution was with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Auxiliary giving nearly 4,000 hours of service and receiving the Gold Star for his committed service as well as holding the position of President of the Volunteer Auxiliary.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Fox Church; children, Kortright and Elizabeth Church, and grandchildren, Owen and Erin Church and Emily and Lauren Hadley.
Kilborn was predeceased by his son Heyliger Fox Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in Kil’s name to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane Woodstock, 05091.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock an online guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

This obituary will also appear in the April 20, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.


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  1. As Director of Volunteer Services at DHMC, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Kilborn when he was President of the Auxiliary. Kil was full of good humor and enthusiasm a truly joyful spirit. Kil set a great example for others to aspire to.
    I send my thoughts and condolences to Fox and her family, and to all whose lives were touched by Kilborns presence on this earth.

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