Homer Ridgway Cilley ’35 died on July 7, 2006 at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco.
Homer Ridgway Cilley ’35 died on July 7, 2006 at Seal Rock Healthcare in Saco. Born on April 14, 1913 in Dover, NH, he prepared for college at Dover High School, Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, and the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. At Bowdoin, he became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity and, following his graduation in 1935, he joined the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company in Marblehead, MA. From 1940 to 1943, he was an insurance agent with Mutual Liability Insurance Company and, during World War II he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he was an insurance agent and broker with Employers Insurance of Wausau specializing in property and casualty insurance for 30 years until his retirement in 1975. During the 60 years that he lived in Marblehead, he was a Little League manager, vice chairman of the Cancer Fund, and served on Marblehead’s Old Historic District Commission and the Marblehead Board of Assessors. In Bowdoin affairs, he was Class Agent for the Class of 1935 and active in the Alumni Fund from 1950 to 1967. He was married in 1937 to Carolyn Somers, who died in 1983. His son, Homer R. Cilley Jr., died in 2005 and he is survived by a son, Charles S. Cilley ’63, six grandchildren, and six great-granddaughters. [Ed.: reprinted to correct errors in the account printed in the Fall 2006 issue of the magazine.]