Donald D. Bly
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formerly of Wilmington
On April 22, 2014 Don passed away peacefully in his home after a long struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. His wife, Linda, preceded Don in death in 2008. Don is survived by 3 children, Julia Bly Cole (Tim) of Richmond VA; Laura Bly Thaw (Robert) of Charleston, WV; and Bill Bly (Christine) of Los Angeles, CA. He also is survived by his sister, Alma Weaver of Bryan, Ohio; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Rice of Niagara Falls, NY; six grandchildren (Amanda Cole, Jack Cole, Carly Thaw, Robert Thaw, Cameron Bly and Max Bly); and various other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Don and Linda lived in Wilmington from 1963 - 2001 and their children all attended and graduated from the Mt. Pleasant school system. Don was a good and genuine person who loved life. He was loved by many for his affable and gregarious nature, booming voice, and huge heart. Until the end he had an intense curiosity about the world and the human condition. He taught his children the gift of family and unconditional love. He will be deeply missed. In 1958 Don received a BA degree from Kenyon College and in 1962 a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University. During his career, Don worked at DuPont, serving as a chemist and later as Manager of Analytical Science in Central Research at the Experimental Station. He also managed the corporate recognition and awards programs for DuPont. He wrote 18 scientific publications and co-authored two technical books, one a "best seller" which was recently reissued as a 2nd edition. Don was an active member of the American Chemical Society, the Eastern Analytical Symposium and the American Society of Testing and Materials. He was an ACS Councilor for the Delaware section for 15 years [1987-2002]; Chairman of the Analytical Division ACS in 1985; and Chairman of the Delaware Section ACS in 1987.
Don enjoyed many of his retirement years at his beach house in Bethany and his home in Vermont. He loved to ski, fish, and play bridge. He was one of the early members of the Stratton Trailblazers Ski Club, which he helped grow from about 35 members in 1995 to over 800 members today. He was also a member of the Eagles Aerie in Manchester VT, and an active member of the Manchester Duplicate Bridge Club. Recently he lived at Maris Grove retirement community in Glen Mills PA and remained active playing bridge in Wilmington, accumulating 300 master points in the last 5 years of his life.
There will be a remembrance celebration on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Maris Grove, 200 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA in the Cardinal Clubhouse for family and friends, followed by a private burial service for family in Ohio, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Linda. Donations in Don's memory can be made to Heartland Hospice Chadds Ford, 5 Christy Dr., Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Arr: Pagano Funeral Home, Garnet Valley, PA.
Pagano Funeral Home
3711 Foulk Rd
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 26, 2014