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Obituary: Denis Dillon

Denis Dillon, Former Nassau DA Dies

Former Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon, a resident of Rockville Centre, died on Sunday, Aug. 15. He had lymphoma and was 76 years old. His career as District Attorney spanned 31 years, one of the longest terms in New York State. In the 2005 election, Dillon lost to current Nassau County DA, Kathleen Rice.

“Today we mourn the loss of a friend and top crime fighter Denis Dillon. Serving Nassau families for eight terms as District Attorney, Dillon protected the way of life we’ve all come to expect in Nassau County. We extend our hearts and prayers to the Dillon family and wish Denis Godspeed,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement issued Aug. 15.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice also issued a statement: “It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of District Attorney Dillon’s passing. There exists no doubt that he was a man of integrity, of principle and of tireless commitment to our community. His service was never about him, but about advocacy that he believed would help others. That selflessness spanned the length of his lifelong public service and will remain an inspirational pillar of our office long after his passing. Our community is less today because of this loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Dillon family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace knowing that his memory and his influence have left an indelible mark on a community that will forever be grateful for his service.”