Billy Dutton, 73, of Nashua, a well known native of this city and long time landscaper, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2012 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
Born in Nashua on December 31, 1938, Billy was a son of the late Ernest E. and Florence M. (Read) Dutton. Educated in local schools, Mr. Dutton was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1956.
At sixteen years old, Billy began his career as a groundskeeper at the Nashua Country Club. During his forty years there, he worked his way up to the position of superintendent of grounds. In 1994, Billy established Bill Dutton Lawn Care, which he has owned and operated for the past 18 years.
On November 26, 1959, Billy married Dolly Duval of Nashua. Together they co-owned Bud’s restaurant in Nashua for 6 years and later Dolly’s Place in Hollis for 17 years.
Known to his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and buddy, his many interests included his enjoyment of country/western music, going to the beach and vintage cars, especially his love of ’57 T Birds, and his ‘55 Ford Fairlane, affectionately referred to as “Chilly Willy” and ’54 Chevy Bel Air both of which he restored. He also enjoyed cooking and feeding the many birds that flocked to his feeders and bird houses. Billy played the bugle with the VFW Band in his youth. Mr. Dutton had been affiliated with the Arlington Street United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Billy was predeceased by three brothers, Ernest E. Dutton, Jr., Ralph E. Dutton and Elwin W. Dutton.
Members of his family include his wife, Dolly, with whom he shared 53 loving years together; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Al O’Donnell of Hollis and Carla and Gary O’Brien of Nashua; six grandchildren, Shannon and AJ O’Donnell, Ernie Dilling III, Tiffany, Crystal and Anna O’Brien; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Leon A. and Maria Dutton of Litchfield and Shirley M. Dutton of Hudson; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Saturday morning, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. His funeral service will immediately follow at 12 o’clock. Interment will take place at Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack. Friends are invited to attend. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn. Dr. Arnold Freedman, Lymphoma Program, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. (603) 882-0591. Online condolences may be made at www.farwellfuneral.com.