Jim Tillett, 87, a brick mason who worked in the Washington area for five decades, died Dec. 18 at the Genesis health-care facility in La Plata.

He had congestive heart failure and pneumonia, said his nephew Martin Tillett.

Mr. Tillett did masonry work on numerous federal government buildings in Washington. He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and was a past president of his local chapter. He retired in the late 1990s.

Robert Norman Tillett — he started going by Jim as a child — was a native of the District. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, and his military decorations included the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In the 1960s and early ’70s, he co-owned Tillett’s Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Mr. Tillett was a longtime Washington resident and had lived in La Plata since his retirement.

Survivors include a sister.

— Emily Langer