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William Murray Metten, Jr.

William Murray Metten, Jr. of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 12, 2022, as a result of FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia).

Bill was born in Wilmington, DE in 1940, to W. Murray and Martha Metten. He graduated from Wilmington Friends School, the University of Delaware and the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism in Philadelphia.

Bill is survived by his bride of fifty-three years, Nancy; (whom he met on a blind date), two children, Victoria and William M. Metten III (Deana) as well as two grandchildren William IV and Madeline. Bill was preceded by his parents.

Bill was proud of his family’s Delaware roots which date back to the early 1700’s and for his family’s service above self-commitment to improve the quality of life in the community like his father and grandfather.

Bill served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Salvation Army Board of Directors and Sanford School. He was also a member of many other organizations.

Bill served proudly as a member of the Delaware Army Air National Guard and was an active member of the Wilmington Rotary Club. Bill joined Delaware Power & Light Company in 1964 and became Manager of Community and Public Relations. In 1979 he joined ICI Americas Inc. in Wilmington, where he became Director of Corporate Communications. In 1991 Bill left ICI to found Bill Metten & Associates a public relations and marketing firm with his wife. He was a co-founder of the Delaware Fire Service Newspaper in 1997. He retired in 2009.

In retirement, Bill enjoyed traveling with Nancy and being with his good friends near and far. Bill was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed Tom Clancy books. He also enjoyed playing the slot machines in Delaware and in Las Vegas and became an avid collector of Silver Strikes. Bill was an active member of the Silver Strikers Club, where he very much enjoyed the comradery of his fellow members and contributed many articles to their Newsletter. He so enjoyed the chase of the Strike. In 2007, he designed a Silver Strike which ultimately took first place. He also really enjoyed reviewing and test-driving cars for The Hunt Magazine (he even bought a few after reviewing them), lounging by the pool and watching his grandchildren grow up. Bill loved to fish, especially surf fishing with his son in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During Delaware Governor Charles L. Terry’s administration Bill served as the Director of the state’s Sport Fishing Tournament.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Delaware Hospice team for their care, compassion, and help.

A graveside service will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, DE on Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Salvation Army 400 North Orange Street PO Box 308 Wilmington DE 19899 or to Delaware Hospice (

Funeral Services

A graveside service will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle, DE on Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm.


    Perry and Jane Newman lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Bill, but not nearly as much as you will. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was a great neighbor and will be sorely missed. God must have needed another angel to pick up branches.
    01/13/2022 04:20 pm
    Judy Bennett lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy my thoughts and prayers are with you,Billy and Vicky. So many memories going to that rainy Sunday when you came down and bought your house. May our friendship continue as we both have a lot to remember of our good times together. 🙏🥰
    01/13/2022 08:56 pm
    Marie-Cecile Kleinveld lit a candle
    01/14/2022 09:31 am
    Carol and Brent Hurley lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy, Vicky, Billy and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We will always have such wonderful memories of being beach neighbors. We always looked so forward to your returns. I’m so glad we were able to meet for lunch and Bill was able to join us. Brent and Carol
    01/14/2022 10:17 am
    Carol Hurley lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy,Vicky, Billy, and Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We were blessed to have been your “beach” neighbors. We have so many fond memories. I’m so glad we were able to meet for lunch and Bill was able to join us. Brent and Carol
    01/14/2022 10:22 am
    Carol Chrzanowski lit a candle and writes,
    Norm and Carol Chrzanowski are so sorry for your loss. We will cherish the memories.
    01/14/2022 02:14 pm
    Ann, Mike and Evan lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Nancy and family, You're all on my heart and in my prayers. Fondly remembering Bill and many evenings on the porch, frogs croaking, stream running, Bill exchanging auto stories with dad while, Nancy- you and mom would laugh and shake your heads, saying those boys and their cars! Bill had Uncle Murray's innate knack for looking always dapper and his ability to tell a story while we listened intently at every detail was legendary. I remember when Bill first brought you to the house, Nancy so he could introduce us to you -the love of his life. He adored you always and during this tremendously hard time for you all, know we send our love your way. We're so very sorry for your loss. Love, Ann, Mike and Evan
    01/14/2022 04:51 pm
    Jamie writes,
    We hit the jack pot when the Metten’s moved in next door. I gained a best friend in Vicky and a 2nd family. Mr Metten was the creative force behind the Bottle Twins, our engineer for our window to window communications, and the voice of reason during me and Vicky’s one and only argument. He was always positive and encouraging. I can still here is voice announcing my arrival. I am so sad he has left us. To me he will always be larger than life.I hope the dedication and love he always showed his family will give you comfort during this time.
    01/14/2022 06:01 pm
    Alexis Pineault lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences to you Nancy and family. He was an amazing man. It was an honor to know you and to call you my friend. RIP 🙏
    01/14/2022 08:40 pm
    Tara Levesque writes,
    Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss. May your dad be at peace now and may you and your family remember all of the good times you had with him. May God give you strength at this difficult time.
    01/14/2022 10:12 pm
    LORRAINE Y AND BOB CHAMBERS lit a candle and writes,
    Words cannot express our sorrow. We wish you peace and comfort as you grieve. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. God bless.
    01/15/2022 11:26 am
    Michael Klezaras writes,
    So saddened to read this news. I met Bill in the mid 80s when I worked at WAMS. We collaborated to create local image advertising for ICI. That focused my career to an entirely different trajectory of corporate image advertising, which was a key to my professional success the rest of my radio days. We continued working together into the early 2000s. May his memory be Eternal!
    01/16/2022 07:09 am
    Blake Wilson writes,
    To Bill’s family… My memories of Bill are of a kind and decent man who was exceptionally good with people. I met him first in 1970 as a cub reporter for the Newark Weekly Post and he was at DP&L. I was as lost as a ball in tall weeds in trying to cover an electric rate issue. He was patient and helpful in answering my many (multiple phone calls) very basic questions. Our paths continued to meet for many years until I left Delaware nearly 30 years ago. He was always friendly and encouraging. I hope the sadness of his loss will be replaced over the years by warm memories. Sincerely. Blake Wilson
    01/16/2022 10:48 am
    Kate Erwin writes,
    Dear Nancy, It was my pleasure to know Bill through his association with The Better Years newspaper through the Hockessin Community News. He always so engaging and often shared the stories of his travels and wins at casinos. He also shared his Wall Street Journals with me. I hope for you and your family your memories will be a blessing. With affection, Kate and Bernie Erwin
    01/16/2022 12:42 pm
    Penny Smith lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy, Billy, Vicky and family - My most sincere sympathies for your loss. So many wonderful memories with Cousin Bill! He will be dearly missed and always remembered! With Love, Penny (Cuz). ❤️
    01/16/2022 12:56 pm
    Barb Crawford writes,
    Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to read of Bill’s passing. I was happy to read that you named your daughter, Victoria, what good memories we have of Victoria Avenue! God Bless you and your family. Barb
    01/16/2022 01:27 pm
    Carol Barnett writes,
    I was pleased to work with Bill and Nancy on our Guide to Services every two years . Bill would sell over $80,000 in ads so we could afford to print thousands of copies for Delaware citizens. What fun we had!He was so kind and patient and became a good friend. He used to talk about his Vegas trips and the shoes he saw. I loved those conversations! Thinking of you, Nancy at this sad time.
    01/16/2022 02:07 pm
    Mary Julian writes,
    Nancy and family, we are so sorry to hear about Bill. He was always a pleasure to be around loved our chats and always looked forward to see what Halloween costume you two would create. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you
    01/17/2022 07:16 am
    Amy Taylor Davis writes,
    Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a special person. My condolences. Amy Davis
    01/17/2022 10:09 am
    Melissa Cole writes,
    Sending my heartfelt condolences to Bill's wonderful family. It was an honor to help Bill and Nancy in his final months. I wish I would have met him sooner. He was a kind man and I'm sure he would have had some good stories. Love you Nancy!
    01/18/2022 07:16 am
    Fred Comegys writes,
    Was sorry to read of Bills passing. As a photographer for the News-Journal, Bill and I crossed paths, he would usually stop by the photo lab to say Hi. Always had a smile on his face. Also spent time with him in the National Guard. He will be missed! Fred Comegys
    01/18/2022 12:52 pm
    John and Linda Babiarz lit a candle and writes,
    Nancy, Linda and I were so sad to hear of Bill's passing. You the greatest of neighbors in Canterbury Hills and always great friends. We have fond memories of snow parties, pot luck parties and just sitting on the deck. Convey our condolences to Billy and Vicky as well.
    01/18/2022 06:51 pm
    Gloria Rawlns writes,
    Dear Nancy I was very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Have those great memories of the two of you at Delaware Park. It was my pleasure to have known the both of you. May Bill now be enjoying the peace and happiness he so deserves. My condolences to you and your family. Gloria Rawlins
    01/19/2022 12:28 pm
    Irene Niessen writes,
    We were so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful person and we always enjoyed being in his company. Our deepest sympathies, Irene and Erik Niessen
    01/22/2022 12:32 pm
    Steve Austin writes,
    Bill handled the public affairs for the the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association when I served as President. We became friends. He arranged a meeting with the News Journal editorial board that deteriorated into a shouting match with the paper. It was one of the toughest meetings I ever attended. I learned much from Bill. He was a great supporter of the state. I will miss his greeting “it’s always a great day in Delaware”.
    01/23/2022 07:40 am
    Robert J. Van Dornick Sr. lit a candle and writes,
    Just heard today (1/26/ 2022) of Bill's passing. I'm sorry I did not get to see Bill before he passed. I worked for Bill at Delmarva Power and without a doubt he was the best boss I ever had and I had a fair number of them. Bill was a real gentleman who was a very effective leader. Plus Bill was the smoothest communicator I ever knew. He was also the most caring, considerate boss I ever had. I shall always remember Bill and will keep him in my prayers. Goodby Bill. I pray we meet again. From Bob Van Dornick.
    01/26/2022 02:41 pm

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