About Calvin Dillies
Calvin Dillies was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended New Bedford Vocational School and became a licensed Master Electrician. Later in his life, Calvin and his wife, Loretta, and daughter Lyn, moved to Westport, Massachusetts where Lyn started her journey into magic. He couldn’t have been prouder or more supportive of Lyn’s career. Not only was he Lyn’s biggest fan, but his mechanical and electrical expertise were invaluable in helping Lyn with some of her very intricate illusions.
Throughout his life, Calvin was always very passionate about politics and ran many political campaigns. With his charismatic personality, he could have easily run for office himself. His friends always described him as being the real deal and that he never let anyone down. Being involved in politics, Calvin knew first hand about the importance of voting and that every vote matters. He passed along his sense of civic responsibility to his daughter Lyn. Little she did realize just how much of an impact his beliefs would have on her career someday.
In 2005, Calvin lost his hard fought battle to cancer. It was her father’s inspiration that gave Lyn the brainstorm for Your Vote Is Magic! in 2007. Lyn truly believes her father is still the guiding force in her mission to make a difference in young people’s lives with her powerful voting message. To honor his legacy, she has started a Calvin Dillies Scholarship that will be awarded to the winner of the “What Voting Means To Me” Essay Contest for high school seniors.