Edward K.W. Wat, 81 years old, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 31, 2022. He was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i to Edward K.W. Wat and Alice (Wong) Wat. He earned a PhD (with honors) in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University in 1966.
He retired from DuPont/DuPont Merck after twenty-five years as a research chemist with several patents in his name, and went on to work at ISI/Thomson Reuters before finally retiring.
He was a long-time Scout leader and he volunteered with Adopt-a-Family for 20 years including serving as Treasurer. He enjoyed travel with his family, woodworking, crafting miniatures, playing flute, and following sports. He is remembered for his gentleness, loyalty, and hard work. Friends and family also appreciated his dry sense of humor and easy-going nature. After suffering a massive stroke in 2020, he inspired family and friends with his motivation to regain strength and coordination. Despite many setbacks on his path to recovery, he continued to work hard and enjoyed getting out to local festivals and walks in the neighborhood. He was a proud father and grandfather who leaves behind family who loved him deeply.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Deborah (Singles) Wat; three children Ken Wat of Aurora, CO; Allen Wat (Mette Ovringmo) of Centennial, CO; and Pamela Wat (Erik Goodlett) of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Espen Campbell of Ventura, CA; Kristian and Maiken Wat of Centennial, CO; sister, Mary Lau of Honolulu, Hawai’i.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 5 at 1:00pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, DE with a visitation hour from 12-1:00 pm at the church. A private interment will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation in Edward’s name to your favorite charity.