John F. Lilburn

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 1930
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WOOSTER – John F. Lilburn, 90 of Wooster passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at West View Healthy Living surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 22, 1930 in Swampscott, MA the son of Charles D. and Margaret Christie Lilburn.  He married Caroline N. Snell on February 11, 1961.  She survives.

John was a 1953 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Tufts University and GE Master’s Program.  John  was a Licensed Profssional Engineer in eight states and an expert witness in court trials for insurance companies.  He was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church.  He had his pilot’s license and loved flying, sailing on his sailboat “Scotch Mist” and sailing the Chesapeake Bay and Tampa Bay, and loved traveling (Bermuda a favorite) and visits to England and Scotland.

He was a volunteer EMT in Pennsylvania and Florida, a volunteer for the Coast Guard in Tampa and did waterfront investigations.  John was also a long-time volunteer at Wooster Community Hospital and a long-time member of the Wooster Amateur Radio Club.

John had previously lived in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida, before moving to Wooster in 2006 to be near family.  He was a devoted family man, loved his grandchildren (and the family dog, Riley) and was a man with many friends.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Caroline, of 60 years, is a son Michael (Nancy) Lilburn of Wooster; granddaughter Allyson (Jeremy) of Cincinnati and grandsons Ian and David both of Wooster and cousins in Dundee, Scotland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no calling hours and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those who wish may make contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Meals Together, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.

The family would like to thank the staff at West View Healthy Living and Dr. John K. Miller for the compassionate care given to John.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Meals Together, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691


No calling hours


Celebration of Life Service at a later date


A favorite uncle and friend. Great memories of sailing with him in Tampa Bay. Very generous host in Florida and Ohio. My deepest condolences to my Aunt Caroline.

Our favorite uncle. enjoyed sailing with him & my aunt in Tampa Bay. A great host both in Florida and Ohio. Our deepest sympathy to our aunt.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Caroline!!. We wish we could be there to comfort you. John is a lovely person, who will be deeply missed.
Take care, be strong, will meet in person this summer.
Suranga and Uttara

So sorry Mike. God Bless

I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We loved you and John deeply. Please accept our deepest condolences. Thinking of you.

Dear Carline and family,
We are deep sadly with John’s passing
As a neighbors and friends we enjoy your friendship.
We loved to see you two having dinner on summer evenings and many times we joined you with a glass of wine, listening John’s stories.
God was amazing giving to you energy and disposition this last year to care and love John.
Also, to see Michael, Nancy and kids to take care of you!
Love you dearly

Caroline and family, please accept my sincere condolences. As you know I loved hearing John’s many stories when I visited. God has gained another angel. Sending love and hugs, Dianne

Dear Mike and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. I know the recent period of time has been difficult, but the love of family was clearly a beacon for all. Prayers for your Mother, Nancy, and you as you go through this difficult time.

I work at Wooster United Methodist Church, John & Caroline's church. My office looks out onto the ramp that leads up to our fellowship hall and kitchen, where meals are served on Thursdays to anyone in the community who has need. John & Caroline volunteered to pick up items that were being donated by Panera and bring them to the church. Each Thursday, John would come in pushing a cart of baked goods. When he got to the ramp, which can be a bit steep, especially when you are pushing something, Caroline would come up behind him, put her hands on his back, and push John up the ramp as John pushed the cart up the ramp. Seeing them work together to accomplish their goal was always so sweet and I looked forward to seeing them each Thursday. I know that spirit of working together and helping each other out extended far beyond their Thursday morning duties for Meals Together and that it was an encouragement and example to all who knew them. My deepest condolences to Caroline and family.

I am sorry to hear about you losing your Dad. It is always heartbreaking to lose a parent. I will be saying prayers for you and your family, Mike.

So sorry have my deepest sympathy.

Thoughts and prayers are with you during what is already a tough time in the world to live in. I lost my dad a long time's not an easy thing, especially when the relationship was a real blessing. My dad loved to fly, too :) God speed to your pop and hugs to you!

My hope is that fond memories of your loved one will prevail during this time of remembrance of your loved one. Hopefully peace will prevail during this trying time in your trek down life's pathway.

John was a wonderful man.

I am so sorry about your dad’s passing. It’s always difficult at a time like this, even with the passing of a loved one at ripe age! Please accept my condolence and bear the loss with fortitude.

With best wishes,


My dear Caroline,

Keeping you and family in my thoughts and prayers. Will always remember John as such a kind and loving person, and such a wonderful, devoted family man. I am blessed to have known him. I love you. ❤️

My condolences to Caroline and the rest of his family.
I met John through his Ham Radio activities and enjoyed many Monday lunches with him. John was always a willing volunteer when his services could help out. He will be greatly missed as both a friend and fellow ham. On our Wednesday night net you could bet John would be mobile picking up supplies at Panera bread as another one of his many volunteer jobs.

Sending our deepest condolences from Dundee. I have lovely memories of sailing with John in Flordia and am grateful for the trips to visit you both over the years. Sending much love to you Caroline and the rest of the family.

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