Saturday, February 23, 2013

Harry's arrangements...

SANDWICH- Harry Caswell Jilson, 72, of Sandwich, died on Feb. 23, 2013 at his home peacefully with his family by his side. He leaves his beloved wife, Susan R. Jilson, of 37 years, his son Lt. Col Erik W. Jilson USMC, daughter Thora E. Jilson and five beautiful grandchildren, Devyn, Tristan, Ayden, Ava and Kai. He is also survived by his 4 siblings, Patty, Karen, Kurt and Keith, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Harry was a UMASS Amherst graduate, owner of Jilson-Thoren Opticians, Shades of Cape Cod, and Eyeglasses One. Harry was a long time member of the Massachusetts State Board of Dispensing Opticians. He served as a Rotarian for 50 years, was a member of the Barnstable Yacht Club and the OYC, as well as The Olde Barnstable Golf Club. He enjoyed sailing, tennis, skiing, reading. He loved his family, and his grandchildren were known for putting a "smile on his heart". Services will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 1pm on Saturday, March 2, 2013, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod or Hyannis Rotary Club. Messages may be left at


  1. RIP my friend! I Will never forget your friendship! There will be forever "Nuts and Bolts" in heaven for you!!!! XXXOO

  2. Sorry to hear that but very glad to have him in our life....he will always be in our heart....


  3. We knew this day was coming but knowing doesn't make it easier when it happens. Both Patty and I will miss you so much. You made a difference Big Bro ! Not only in our lives and that of the family, but of so many, many more. Your humor, your grace and wisdom will be missed...and yes - the "Harryisms" ( as your beautiful daughter has coined them) as well. You were loved Harry and that's just about the best thing in the world anyone can say about someone. Rest easy guy - you've earned it...tell Mom, Dad , Chip and Carol I said Hi! Remember my college graduation as I went up to the stage to get my diploma - from the top balcony you yelled out at the top of your lungs "Toot Toot" ! Thanks for that by the way - Toot Toot big bro...
    All our love, Karen and Patty

  4. I promise I will always smile when I think of my friend Harry.

    I am so happy he went out on his own terms with his family surrounding him.

    You are all in my prayers,
    Jim Schafer