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F. Arthur Brill

F. Arthur Brill passed away on October 10, 2021, at the age of 90. He was the only male among five children born to Minnie Jane Brumbley and Lewis Henry Brill of Whitesville, DE. Art was predeceased by his sisters: Ada Baddorf and Vicky Rhoads of Wilmington; Lena Hutchinson of Clayton; and Betty Morgan of Salisbury, Md.

Born in 1930, Art was dyslexic (reading disabled) due to birth injuries. He attended public Delaware schools in Delmar and Wilmington, graduating as Honor Society President in 1948 from Wilmington High School without benefit of special education. He earned a BS in Group Work & Community Organization magna cum laude, Springfield College, MA and was appointed Boys’ Work Secretary at the Wilmington YMCA. Two years later he became the first Executive Secretary of the new Brandywine YMCA.

Earning a MEd in Counseling at University of Delaware, Art changed to counseling as a career path – working for the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (where he was later Director) and A.I. duPont School District. After more graduate work in reading, special education, and psychology at Temple, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia, he worked at A.I. and other school districts as teacher, special education & reading specialist, school psychologist, and administrator.

Principal residences were Oak Hill, Carrcroft, and Cokesbury Village – all in Delaware. Once very active in Methodist and Unitarian churches and in many professional organizations, Art also enjoyed computers, travel, theater, civic activities, decorating, and – especially – gardening.

Art is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Williams Brill (of Yorklyn, DE), children Vicki Lawruk (Jay Penrose), Donald Brill (Marilyn) and son-in-law Chris Lawruk. Grandchildren are Rob Lawruk (Angela) and Samantha Rasnake (Sean). Great grandchildren are Shona Rose Rasnake, Josephine Lawruk and Willa Lawruk.

Funeral Services

There will be no public remembrance services and ashes will be privately interred at Hockessin Friend’s Cemetery.


    Beverly and Julian Reed lit a candle and writes,
    We send our thoughts,prayers ,and love to all the family.
    10/13/2021 04:42 pm
    Elsie and Russell Craig writes,
    Our condolences to Mr Brill's family. We remember him well at A. I. du Pont Middle School where he worked with our childre.
    10/13/2021 07:43 pm
    Juanita Wyckoff writes,
    So sorry for your lost. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories
    10/13/2021 10:22 pm
    Ilona Kirshon writes,
    My thoughts are with the Brill and Lawruk families during this difficult time- I know you all have wonderful memories to keep near.
    10/14/2021 01:43 pm
    Ed Crumlish writes,
    I am saddened to hear of Art's passing. It has been years since I have seen both you and Art. I think the last time was some years ago at the Kirkwood Fitness Club. I met Art in the 70s and our paths crossed again as colleagues at Howard Career Center in the 1990s. You and Art seemed to be very much in love and totally dedicated to each other. I always enjoyed being in your company. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    10/14/2021 04:41 pm
    Ruth Crossan writes,
    Cokesbury Village will not seem the same without Art when he is riding around the building with a big smile. His most important activity was his beautiful garden, which he helped plant and managed while he was in good health. Lately he could sit back and enjoy the lovely shrubs and flowers. Dot is very active, but I know she will miss him very much. They were like "two peas in a pod." My best wishes, Dot, we are all ready if you need us.
    10/15/2021 02:44 pm
    Jan Dill lit a candle and writes,
    Mrs. Brill and Vicki, Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the passing of your husband and Dad. I worked with Mr. Brill at Howard Career Center. He was the ultimate professional and always willing to help with any student’s needs! I was always so thankful for his support with any student. He touched and changes lives forever! Jan Dill
    10/17/2021 07:33 am
    Jim Baran, Bill Edrington writes,
    Dot, Vicky and family. We are very sorry to read of Art’s passing. We will always remember Art (and Dot) in their lovely home across the street from us and Art in his garden. We wish you the peace and love, during this difficult time
    10/17/2021 10:30 am
    Linda Simpson writes,
    Dear Dot, Please accept my most sincere condolences. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your family. Let yourself be comforted by the many treasured memories you shared. Butch was a very special friend to Sam, always. Sincerely, Linda Simpson
    10/17/2021 12:19 pm
    Edward and Irene Fick writes,
    We are so very sorry to learn of Art's passing. He was smart, witty and a great gentleman. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Ed and Irene
    10/17/2021 04:15 pm
    Alan & Florence Hendel writes,
    Dear Dot and Vicky, We were so very sorry to hear of Art's passing. One of our fondest memories was visiting your Carrcroft home and being amazed by Art's green thumb. He had an extraordinary talent. Please accept our deepest condolences. Alan & Florence Hendel
    10/17/2021 10:14 pm
    Sally Brooks writes,
    We here at Cokesbury already miss him...and also his wonderful smile. My love to you, Dot, and my condolences. I’ll miss eating with the two of you. Sally Brooks
    10/18/2021 01:24 pm
    Thomas A Bullen writes,
    Dear Dot, Vicky and Donald, You know you have my deep and heart felt sympathy. Art will be missed for years to come almost as long as he will be remembered for the many lives he touched. It is my privileged to have known you both, to have been your neighbor and your friend for so many years. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to call. God Bless, may he grant you peace during this time of loss, Tom Bullen
    10/19/2021 01:56 am
    Wynn Roewe Davis writes,
    My thoughts are with you all at this time. My memories of Mr. Brill was the beautiful yard he had at his Carcroft house and their wonderful pool - so many great times At the Brilll’s - you will be deeply missed - he was a wonderful person
    10/19/2021 08:32 pm
    Loretta Viner lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences to the Brill family. Mrs. Brill, your husband seemed like quite an amazing man and obviously very much loved and respected by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. With Sympathy, Loretta Viner
    10/20/2021 04:36 pm
    Seymour Butts writes,
    He was a great swinger.
    10/21/2021 09:19 am
    Fred Dawson writes,
    My old high school buddy , just moved from Delmar but was there all the time, quiet, helpful, quiet, considerate, quiet, doer without fanfare, quiet, zero ego needs, quiet, kind, quiet. ART WAS HERE, I know, he was my friend. A quote, "Don't walk behind me, I may not lead, don't walk ahead I may not follow, just walk along side and be my friend." ART WAS HHERE! Love you, always, Fred.
    10/21/2021 06:59 pm
    Kitty Ann Lugar writes,
    Dear Dot, Vicki, and Don. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Owen and I have good memories of times with your family. Blessings to you, Kitty Lugar
    10/22/2021 12:48 pm
    Jim Pileggi lit a candle and writes,
    Pam and I want to express our condolences to the Brill family, especially to Don and Marilyn. I know how much Don loved his dad.
    10/24/2021 10:24 am

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