302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

William J. Heaney, III

William Joseph Heaney III, age 90, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at his home.

Bill was born in New York, the son of the late William J. Heaney, Jr. and Gertrude Burkhard Heaney. He graduated from Fordam Prep school and received his Master’s from Columbia University. He began his career with the DuPont Company in 1950 in Schenecday, New York. He then transferred to the Savanna River Plant in Aiken, South Carolina. He transferred to the Film department in Wilmington, DE and has resided here since 1956. He was with DuPont for 39 years.

Bill enjoyed his volunteer work, volunteering at Compassionate Friends and the Grand Opera House. He taught computer class at the Academy of Life Long Learning. Bill had been very active in the passing of Senate Bill 29.

In addition to his parents, Bill is also pre-deceased by his two sons; Roger and Kevin. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Othell , his children; Carol Taylor, Patrick Heaney (Teresa) and Cathy Walker Meakem (Bill), grandchildren, Allison and Chris Taylor, Melissa and Roger Heaney, Jessica and Jeremy Walker, 3 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren and many great friends that he called family .

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Silverside Church, 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810. A visitation will be held prior at the church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. At his request, please wear your “Hawaiian Themed” outfit or colorful clothing to his service. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Grand Opera House, 818 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801 or The Compassionate Friends, Brandywine Hundred Chapter, Box 114, Rockland, DE 19732.

Funeral Services

Celebration of Life

11:00 am on Saturday December 29, 2018

Silverside Church


    Lorraine Przywara and Dick Baumbarger lit a candle and writes,
    We are sorry for your loss.
    12/26/2018 08:26 pm
    Bill Graney writes,
    Othell, thanks for all your care for God's children over the years. I am happy you had such a great spouse and partner over many years. You brought a great southern hospitality to this area. Peace to you at this time and enjoy the family and community support.
    12/27/2018 02:22 pm
    Candie art lit a candle and writes,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry I am out of town and unable to attend the service.
    12/28/2018 12:00 pm
    Cathy Seehuetter writes,
    Dear Othell, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband Bill. I remember the two of you doing the workshop on humor and grief at the TCF national conferences over the years and it always felt good to laugh a little despite the sadness. I can still picture the two of you together at the marvelous workshop you gave. You both did so much for the Brandwine Chapter and for TCF through the years. I am wrappiing my arms around you with comfort and love.
    01/02/2019 12:35 pm
    Geni Griffith Boswell writes,
    Dear Othell, I was so sorry to read of Bill's passing. You and my parents shared many wonderful memories growing up here in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    01/16/2019 10:35 am

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