William Reed Templeton, age 79, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital.

Bill was born in Jersey City, NJ, to the late William and Florence (nee: Jacobs) Templeton. He graduated from Conrad HS, and then the University of Delaware in 1964. Bill was a social worker for the State of Delaware, retiring after 26 years. He continued to work at numerous small jobs until his early 70’s.

From a young age, Bill loved to read books, especially English Literature and History. He was an avid photographer for over 40 years and still photographed until shortly before his passing. Bill was a shooting and computer enthusiast. He also enjoyed stamp collecting and was a dog lover.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia Templeton (nee: Genner); son, William J. Templeton and his wife Bernadette Chung-Templeton, of Wilmington and their children, Edward and Isabella; and son, Matthew R. Templeton and his wife Jessica Roy of Dedham, MA.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 25, at 3pm, at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pk., Wilmington (Talleyville), where friends may call after 2pm. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in William’s name to the Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713, Attn: Dev. Dept.

For online condolences, visit: www.mccreryandharra.com