WILLIAM S. "BILL" HEARN

Bill passed away peacefully in Compassionate Care Hospice on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

He was the second son of Elizabeth and C. Robert Hearn in Wilmington, DE. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother C. Robt. Hearn, Jr. and his nephew C. Robt. Hearn III. He is survived by his wife, Peggie, daughter Nancie C. Mc Fillin, 2 granddaughters, Colleen and Kelly Mc Fillin, sister-in-law Jackie Hearn and his nieces Sharon Mattis and Amy Karlsrud.

Bill’s body was donated to science and his cremains will be interred in the DE Veterans Cemetery.

Bill attended P. S. du Pont High School and graduated from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE in 1945. After 3 years of service in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier “Leyte” he graduated from the University of DE in 1952 with a B.S. degree. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and served as president of Student Government Association 1951-52. His 7-yr. sales career with IBM ended in 1959 when he joined Electronic Data Service, Inc., in Wilmington. In 1972 he managed a data processing unit in the Finance Division with the State of DE. Ultimately, he was appointed the first Escheator for the State dealing with unclaimed property. It was his discovery that led to a successful Supreme Court lawsuit with the State of New York. Delaware won the litigation and settled for $200 million for past payments with an annual stream estimated at $24 to $35 million from future unclaimed securities. This was called “The 21st Century Fund”. Bill was a 30-yr. member of the Wilmington Rotary Club where he served as director, secretary and treasurer. In 1994 he was awarded the John F. Newnam Rotary Service Award. He was involved with civic associations, enjoyed traveling, reading and maintaining his yard and gardens.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd., Liftwood, Wilmington, DE 19803 on Friday, November 23 at 12 noon with a visitation beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Andrews’s School, 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown, DE 19709.