BERRYVILLE — A town employee who died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday is being honored by local officials.
Stephen Donald Lilly, 32, had worked for the town of Berryville for five years, most recently as chief plant operator for the public utilities department. In that capacity, he oversaw water and wastewater treatment operations.
Lilly died early Sunday afternoon in a crash involving two motorcycles and a minivan on Shepherds Mill Road, about ¾-mile south of Lord Fairfax Highway (U.S. 340) in Clarke County. According to Virginia State Police reports, Lilly was riding a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that struck a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle from the rear. The impact resulted in Lilly, who was wearing a helmet, being thrown from the bike and struck by an oncoming 2008 Chrysler minivan.
A proclamation issued by Berryville Mayor Patricia Dickinson honors Lilly “as a sign of respect, admiration and thanks” for his service to the town. It calls for the town’s flag outside the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center on Chalmers Court to be flown at half-staff and for a ceremonial drape to be mounted above the building’s main entrance through June 5.
Town Manager Keith Dalton said that after Lilly started working for Berryville as a treatment plant operator, “it became apparent that he was a talented person,” and that led to his promotion.
Lilly also had a talent for metal fabrication, Dalton said.
“He was very bright and extremely capable,” Dalton said. “Once he did something, he became an expert at it.”
“His service to the town was extraordinary, and he will be missed,” Dalton added.
According to his obituary, Lilly grew up in Clarke County, attended Old Dominion University and then lived on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a while before his love for the county prompted him to move home.
A celebration of life service for Lilly will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel on West Main Street, Berryville. Visitation with his family will begin one hour before the service.