WILMINGTON — Matthew Thompson Dill, 55, passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at his home.
Matthew was born on April 20, 1961, in New York, N.Y., the son of Dr. Franklin George Dill of Jacksonville, N.C., and the late Nancy Elisabeth Dill. Matthew is also survived by his wife, Hilda Cameron Dill; and his two daughters, Elisabeth and Margaret, all of Wilmington. Matthew is further survived by his brothers, Andrew and Thomas Dill; and his sister, Eleanor Russo.
After graduating from White Oak High School in 1979, Matthew attended Hampden-Sydney College, graduating in 1983 with a B.A. While at Hampden-Sydney, Matthew also played on the basketball team. Matthew then went on to attend the Campbell University School of Law, graduating in 1986 with a J.D. After attending the University of Miami School of Law, Matthew graduated in 1987 with an LL.M. degree in estate planning. Matthew became a board-certified specialist in estate planning and probate law in 1992, and he practiced estate planning and probate law for over 28 years, most of that time in Wilmington, N.C.
Matthew was a devoted father, husband and friend. His wife and daughters meant the world to him, and he held them in his thoughts at all times. A special thank you is offered to his friend and colleague, Jeanie Bowden Futrell, who was instrumental in the success of the law practice over the last 26 years. Matthew had many loyal friends, too many to list, but they were very blessed to have known him.
Matthew will be remembered for his integrity and kindness. He had a devotion and sense of duty that led him to do his very best at all times for his family, friends and clients. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and all who knew him will attest to the fact that his stories and unique perspective brightened the day of anyone fortunate enough to spend time with him.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Cameron Art Museum. A memorial service celebrating Matthew’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington at 11 a.m Thursday, Jan. 12, followed by a private interment service in Oakdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, 125 South 3rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401; First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 400 Bayshore Boulevard North, Jacksonville, NC 28540, or Lump to Laughter, P.O. Box 1295, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480.