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Neil E. Tillotson
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Birth: 1899
Essex County
Vermont, USA
Death: Oct., 2001
Coos County
New Hampshire, USA

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Old North Church, Boston, for Neil E. Tillotson, the first voter in every presidential election since 1960 and founder of Tillotson Corp.

Mr. Tillotson died Wednesday at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, N.H. He was 102.

Born in Canaan, Vt., Mr. Tillotson attended schools there and studied at the former Lowell Technical College, now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He lived in Watertown for 30 years and in Wellesley for 10 years. Mr. Tillotson also had a home in Boston since 1953 and a home in Dixville Notch since 1960.

He served as a corporal in the 7th Calvary under Gen. John Pershing during World War I, pursuing Pancho Villa along the United States' border with Mexico.

During World War II, the government sent Mr. Tillotson to the jungles of Columbia to find rubber for the war effort.

He worked at Hood Rubber Co. of Watertown from 1915-1932. Mr. Tillotson founded Tillotson Rubber Co. in Watertown in 1931 before moving the company to Needham in 1932.

At first, the company only made the cat balloon, the first latex toy balloon and one of Mr. Tillotson's inventions, before he grew the company into Tillotson Corp. of Everett, whose holdings include The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, Best Gloves, Tillotson Rubber Co., Heveatex, Borden and Remington Chemicals, Alden Yachts and forests and plantations in New Hampshire, Quebec and Guatemala. Mr. Tillotson was acting president and treasurer of the company.

Mr. Tillotson founded Best Manufacturing to produce the first rubber-coated fabric industrial gloves and Textile Rubber and Chemical, where he innovated applying latex to the back of carpets.

Mr. Tillotson invented latex examination gloves, and he was awarded a patent at age 93 for his invention of nitrile examination gloves.

Mr. Tillotson bought Commercial Wharf and Lewis Wharf after they were flooded in 1953. He built his home and office there and turned the empty warehouses into waterfront apartments, leading to the renewal of the Boston waterfront.

In 1954, Mr. Tillotson acquired the Balsams Hotel in Dixville Notch.

He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, Hamilton Trust and St. Botolph's Club in Boston. Mr. Tillotson was an 80-year member and past high priest at the Masonic Lodge in Watertown and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Colebrook, N.H.

He started the Tillotson North Country Foundation in 1996.

Mr. Tillotson is survived by his wife, Louise (Erde) of Dixville Notch; two sons, Thomas of Dixville Notch and Rick of Colebrook; two daughters, Janet Tillotson Munchak of Atlanta and Neila Tillotson Monaghan of Brewster; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Boston Herald. 2001.
Created by: GrannyT
Record added: Nov 22, 2008
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