Falmouth, MA — Former owner of Hilliard’s Chocolate System Alan Hilliard died June 11. He was 91 years old.
Hilliard began his confectionery career at the age of 15 in his family’s candy store, making items ranging from caramel to fudge. He served during World War II in the U.S. Army as a Tech 4 and was stationed in Hawaii and, after the war, in Japan as part of the occupational force during the transition.
Following Hilliard’s honorable discharge, he returned to the family business, which at one point included 14 retail locations. During the ’60s, he began focusing on the tempering machine his father had invented and started Hillard’s Chocolate System, producing a variety of small- to medium-size equipment.
Hilliard is survived by three siblings, three children, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.