Bill, age 91, passed away Tuesday, November 29th at Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
He was born to the late Raymond E. (Whitey) Dickerson and Geneva (Tibbitt) Dickerson in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from P.S DuPont High School in 1943, then joined the navy in World War II, where he served in the Pacific as a machinist mate aboard LST 660. After his discharge he attended Severn Prep school in Maryland 1946-47, and then enrolled in the University of Delaware. After graduating from college with a business degree in 1951, he worked for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, first in telecommunications, then in surplus materials until his retirement in 1984. After retirement he worked for Finneran and Haley paints and then as a van driver for Easter Seals.
While in college, he met Marilyn Sharp, of Woodbury, New Jersey on a blind date for New Year’s Eve 1948. They married in 1952 and were life partners until her passing in 2012. He and Marilyn settled in Elsmere, Delaware in 1955 with their only child Gail. They lived in that home until they moved to Galloway, New Jersey to live with their daughter and her family in 2007.
Bill was known for his often caustic sense of humor, but also for his generous spirit. Despite the bluster on the outside, he always had his family’s backs. He was an avid University of Delaware sports fan and had season football and basketball tickets until he moved to New Jersey. He was also quite a collector of pocket watches, marine chronometers and coins.
Bill was predeceased by his parents and his wife, as well as, his sisters Jean Dickerson Brentlinger and Carolyn Dickerson Burton. He is survived by his daughter, Gail and her husband, Will Sullivan of Galloway and grandson Brandon Sullivan of Pleasantville, New Jersey. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Richard (Amy) Burton, of PA, Jean Burton Fay (Bill) of DE, David (Ginger) Burton of FL, Alan (Kelly) Burton of PA, John (April) Sharp of MD, Ray Brentlinger of MD, and Mitzi Brentlinger Rosenlund of PA.
A viewing will be held on Monday December 5, from 10-11am with a service to follow at 11am at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19808. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Society, 701 A. St. Wilmington, DE 19801.