William Ilott Jr. of Mashpee died November 7 at Royal of Cotuit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Mashpee. He was 90.
He was the husband of Dorothy L. Ilott.
A search in the Enterprise archives found a feature story about the Ilotts published in July 1997. At the time of the interview for the article, Ms. Ilott, a member of the Cape Cod Miniature Society, was the owner of Miniature World on Cotuit Road, and she and her husband made a majority of what she sold in her store.
The couple explained that making miniatures is not a craft for the nervous or impatient. Miniatures, by definition, are built on a scale of one inch to one foot—no more, no less. Working on such a small scale requires infinite patience, creativity, and steadiness. And often, trial and error.
Mr. Ilott’s contributions included refurbishing used dollhouses by repairing, building, and painting whatever was needed. As a tool and die maker recently retired from Augat in Mashpee, Mr. Ilott possessed a natural talent for the finely detailed craftsmanship.
The Ilotts traveled to shows and conventions across the country, such as to Kansas City, Missouri, where the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts had just held a major convention; as well as to Maine, Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut, and New York in addition to other states.
The son of William Ilott Sr. and Mary Ilott, he had served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Following his military service, Mr. Ilott worked as an experimental machinist until his retirement.
He and his wife raised five sons.
Mr. Ilott was a parishioner at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
In addition to his wife, he leaves four sons, William Ilott III, Robert Ilott, Thomas Ilott and James Ilott; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his son Daniel Ilott.
A private burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.