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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
Fax: 315-825-3526
Jeffrey Nilles

Jeffrey J. "Jeff" Nilles

March 20, 1956 - April 3, 2019
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Jeffrey J. Nilles, 63, of Frederick Rd., Madison, NY, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Oneida Healthcare Center.
He was born March 20, 1956 in Southampton, NY, a son of Francis and Janet Kolenda Nilles and was a graduate of Hampton Bay High School. Jeff proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict from 1974 until his honorable discharge in 1980. On May 3, 1986, he married Jill L. Scott in Hamilton, a union of love and friendship for over 32 years. Jeff was the Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Nilles Ford in Hamilton and was a Senior Master Technician for the Ford Motor Company. He and Jill also own and operate Country Hearts Bed & Breakfast in Madison.
Jeff’s heart always shone with an over-abundance of kindness toward those he loved, as well as those he met on a daily basis. He truly enjoyed interacting with people.
Jeff was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton where he served as an usher. He was a 39-year member, Past Post Commander and former Treasurer of the American Legion Post # 1556 in Madison and a member of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association. He loved the outdoors, enjoying gun and bow hunting, fishing and motorcycling. One of his passions was scuba diving and he assisted in teaching the sport at Colgate.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Jill; his father, Francis “Vince” Nilles of Hamilton; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Robert Slutsky of Monroe, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Diane Nilles of Dresden, NY; uncle Edward Mileski of Coloma, MI; his in-laws, Beth Scott and Mark Stanbro, Neal and Chris Scott; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many close friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Janet in 1986.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton, followed by interment with military honors in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hamilton.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton on Sunday from 5-7pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #1556, 3606 South St., Madison NY 13402; the Muscular Skeletal Transplant Foundation,; or to a charity of one’s choice;
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  • Visitation

    April 7, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    April 7, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamilton
    25 Broad St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    April 8, 2019 | 11:00am
    April 8, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    16 Wylie St.
    Hamilton, NY 13346
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    Fr. Jason Hage
  • Interment

    April 8, 2019 |
    April 8, 2019
    St. Joseph's Cemetery, Hamilton
    Utica St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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    with military honors


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Susan Button

Posted at 12:41pm
Jill, we are so sorry for you and your family. We enjoyed the brief time we had getting to know Jeff; he was always so friendly and interesting.
Love and hugs,
Susan and Tom Button (Beth's neighbors)

Barbara Shull

Posted at 02:12pm
We are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing and your loss. He was such a kind and loving man. He will be missed.
Our prayers are with you.
Barb & Rich Shull

Suzee Rowland

Posted at 11:42am
What a shock and what a sad time for Mrs. Nilles and Jeff's family. My heart goes out to all of you. Jeff was a friend--and he always had a warm greeting and smile when we came in to have our cars repaired. And he stopped by the funeral home and sent a card when my husband, Ellis, passed away last summer. Then he helped when I needed to buy a new car and when my grandsons needed a car. He was always so helpful and will be missed by many. I'm sorry I can't stop by to pay my respects in person as I'm visiting my brother in Florida. God bless. ~Suzee Rowland

William H Nygard

Posted at 08:59am
My heart-felt sympathies to the Nilles family. I was blest to visit with the kids when we were all young. I will be in FL picking up my mom, so will not be able to attend the services. My love to all, RIP Jeff

Donna “Behrle” Farrell

Posted at 09:49pm
I just cannot believe Jeff is gone. He will be missed by his fellow classmates....I am one of those. Condolences to his family. Jeff was always such a kind person. He is also a veteran Comrade of mine. RIP Jeff.

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