The Valley Chronicle, St.Charles, Ill., March 12, 1897
Died in Batavia, Ill. on Sunday, March 7th, 1897, at 4 a.m. of heart failure, Patrick Pillian, in the 78th year of his age.
Deceased was born in the parish of Drum, County Roscommon, Ireland in Nov., 1819. He came to this country when about 25 years old and settled in Old Cambridge, Mass. In 1849 he was married to Bridget Noon, and came west the same year, settling in St. Charles, where he lived over 25 years, working int he Butler paper mills as superintending paper maker. The family move to Batavia, Ill., in 1872, and he began work for the VanNortwick paper firm, where he was employed about 20 years, enjoying the confidence and esteem of his employers and all who came in contact with him.
At the time of his death he was employed at the C.& N.W. railway station, where he faithfully discharged all duties devolving upon him.
A kind and indulgent husband and father, a true and faithful friend is gone, and his loss is deeply mourned. His whole life was spent in unselfish work and devotion to others.. In his death the community sustains the loss of a man whose honesty of purpose and integrity of character is seldom equaled. Beloved and respected by all who knew him, his life was an example we would do well to follow. He leaves a widow, two daughters - Mrs. Stafford of Chicago and Mrs. Roscoe of Batavia - and two sons, Michael and Thomas, to whom his death is a terrible flow, coming as it did without warning.
The grief stricken family has the sympathy of all, and may He who sends the cross lighten the burden. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Father Rhatz, and will never be forgotten by those who listened to his eloquent tribute to a just and good man.
The interment took place in the West Batavia cemetery, and was very largely attended.
May he in peace.
--------- Posted as a courtesy. I am not related to nor researching this family and have no additional information.Note: Name is spelled Pillian in obit but I think is supposed to be Pillion.