CORNELIUS C. "BILL" CARROLL
Cornelius C. (Bill) Carroll passed away January 6, 2017 at a Nursing Home in Wilmington DE at the age of 91. He was born in 1925 in Boothwyn, PA, to the late Cornelius C. J. Carroll and Emma Mae Gill Carroll.
He attended Boothwyn High School. He was very active all his life and enjoyed rolling skating, camping, hunting, fishing and working on anything mechanical and would help anyone that needed a hand.
At about the age of 14 he started working at Bergdoll Dairy in Delaware County, PA as a Pasteurizer and was there until 1964. In between those years he served in the Army during WWII (European Theater) from 1944 to 1946 where he was wounded in Germany thus receiving the Purple Heart Medal. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant. After the service he was in the National Guard until 1950. He was reactivated in 1950 for the CID until 1951. While in the National Guard he worked part time at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington. In 1964 he began full-time employment at E. I. du Pont de Nemours in the Hotel Division where he was a Manager of Food Services and Vending Operations at several DuPont Facilities. He retired from DuPont in 1985.
After retirement he became very active as a Veterans Advocate. He joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart where he served as the Chapter Adjutant, Department Commander and Department Adjutant. He also served the Chapter and Department in many other non-elective offices. He was appointed as a Commissioner representing the Purple Heart Organization on the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs for some 16 1/2 years until his passing.
While serving on the Commission he was also on the steering committee charged with designing and overseeing the building of the new Delaware Veterans Home located in Milford DE. These roles have allowed him the opportunity to assist veterans with their entitled benefits in the Tri State area.
Bill is survived by his wife, Joan W. Carroll, to whom he was married for 56 years and his son from this marriage David (Anne). He is also survived by the children with his prior wife (Marian DeGraw Carroll): Barbara Cole (Charles) from Elkton MD, Patricia Stevens (Michael) from Palmdale CA, Thomas Carroll (Claudia) from Lee’s Summit, MO, his grandchildren, Benjamin Carroll, Angela Rennison (Graham), Charles Cole III (fiancée Haley Peoples), Yvonne Cole, Robert Carter Jr (Lora) and Rachael Werning along with 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother James G. Carroll and a son Cornelius “Con” Carroll, Jr.
Visitation will take place 6:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19808 where services will be held on Tuesday, January 17th at 12:30 P.M. The commitment will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd, Bear, DE 19701 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 9377, 320 Woodale Avenue, New Castle DE 19720-4738.