William “Bill” E. Chillas, 79

June 05, 2021

William “Bill” E. Chillas, 79, of Lancaster, PA passed away at home on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Born in Chester County, PA, he was the son of the late Elsie E. (Popjoy) and Wayne W. Chillas.

Bill was an attorney in Lancaster for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Lycoming College in 1963 and Villanova University School of Law in 1967, where he also served on the Law Review. Bill previously attended the First United Methodist Church. He was very active in the Lancaster community, including support for Meals on Wheels, the Office of Aging, and the American Cancer Society. He was adventurous and enjoyed piloting small aircraft, boating on the Chesapeake, and riding motorcycles. He was also a music lover and taught himself how to play the guitar. Bill loved to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad, but his sentimental favorite was Ocean City, NJ, which he visited often since college. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Chillas, wife of Kevin Bobetich of Cranbury, NJ; his granddaughter, Kaelin Bobetich; his brother John W. Chillas of Greencastle, PA; and his longtime companion, Michele Moran as well as his beloved fur babies, especially his cat, Arbuckle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pet Pantry, 26 Millersville Road, Lancaster, PA 17603 or the American Cancer Society,

A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 441 N. George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. Family and friends will be received from 10AM to 11AM. Interment will follow at Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

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June 22, 2021

While I didn’t know Jack personally, I could tell from the way Jen spoke of him how much he meant to his family.  My sympathies to the entire Chillas family.
Blake Bolinger

June 12, 2021

Loved Bill’s stories, his sense of humor, his legal mind, and our long talks.  Always loved when the phone rang with him at the other end.  I will miss having those conversations.  
Mike Stum

June 12, 2021

Boy, the Chillas family sure had an impact on the Kauffman boys.  From
Elsie in PT trying to hire my brother Tim at St. Joe  to Wayne’s jokes to Bill & Jack encouraging me to go to Lyco.
I remember Bill cutting 5th & 6th period at McCaskey to drive down to
Phily in his customized ’50 red Chevy to Dick Clark’s American Band Stand.
I would stop at the Chillas house 2 or 3 times a week on the way home
from Reynolds Jr High.  Jack and I drove up to Williamsport to see Bill
in my old Isetta, and burnt up the engine on the way back.
I should have guessed that a good Methodist like Bill would gravitate
to Ocean City where my wife Elaine spent summers growing up.
Thank you Bill for steering me to Lycoming College and my youngest
brother Chip too.  
My condolences to Jack.  Rest in Peace Bill.
Glenn Kauffman
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
P.S.  Jack, do you really think we could have made it 3,000 miles to Seattle to the World’s Fair in 1962 on our bicycles???

June 11, 2021

Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.  Bill was a loving and proud father and grandfather. He and Shellie enjoyed a long and loving relationship. He was intelligent, bright and funny. He will be missed. May your happy memories console you. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Kris Moran and Lenny, Jenny and Sarah Fieber and family. 
Kris Moran

June 08, 2021

Bill loved his profession and was really good at it.  It was my good fortune to call him my friend. He will be missed.
Bill Bakken

June 08, 2021

We could always count on Bill for lively conversation.  Politics…Villanova basketball…law…alway fun, opinionated, and interesting.  We’ll miss him.
Philip Moran

June 08, 2021

My sympathy to the family of Bill Chillas.  His brother John and I were in elementary school thru high school both graduating from JP. McCaskey in 1962.  Then I went to Lycoming College and learned his brother Bill was two years ahead of me.  I think we were in the same political group.  Unfortunately during his years of law practice I did not keep in touch with him but saw his name over the years in the newspaper as representing clients in legal proceedings.  Unknown to both of us we did share a common love for Ocean City, NJ.  Sorry I will be out of town for the funeral. 
Gary Sensenich

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441 North George Street
Millersville, PA 17551
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