Jon E. Fillhart 13th of December 1943 – 26th of March 2023
After a long illness, Jon passed away peacefully at his home on Victory Drive, Savannah, Ga.
Jon was born and spent his youth in Butler County, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1961 from
Slippery Rock High School and went on to attend Penn State from 1961 to 1967 where he
received his bachelor’s and master’s degree, an MLA. From 1967-1970 Jon attended The
University of Michigan, where he earned his PHD in Landscape Architecture. Jon’s dedication
earned him first in his class, and upon finishing his PHD he stayed on as a professor for 2
years. Jon left the University of Michigan to work with Ed Stone in Ft.
Lauderdale, Fl. He became a partner, made his home in Ft. Lauderdale, and traveled
throughout his career. His many 5-star projects still showcase his beautiful work. Jon
eventually left the corporate setting and continued with his many passions as an independent
project developer. Jon moved to Savannah, Ga. in 2000 and purchased McMillan Inn where he put on a chef’s
hat and created amazing breakfasts and memories at this popular and Historic Bed and
Breakfast Inn. Then in 2004 he acquired and spent years restoring his mansion-like home on
Victory Drive. His special skills, knowledge and expertise, along with an enthusiastic
commitment, was enjoyed by many who admired his work. Of his numerous accomplishments, restoring his beautiful historic home was one of his favorites, and it remains a noted Savannah landmark.
Jon was an avid reader, golfer, a University of Michigan and Penn State football fan.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents Leona and Edward Fillhart. He was a kindhearted friend to many, and passionate about his family. Especially, his devoted and loving wife Elizabeth Fillhart, his love and companion of 30 years. Jon also leaves behind his step-son Caleb Whitfield Curry III and his daughter-n-law Chalene Curry; granddaughter Caelyn Elizabeth Curry of Sarasota, Fl.; and his cousin Dianna Kelly of Grove City, Pa.
Even though his many projects live on, Jon will be dearly missed by those who continue to love him.