Thomas E. Blackburn Jr.(1936 - 2013)

Thomas E. Blackburn, Jr.

AGE: 77 • Wilmington

Thomas "Pete" E. Blackburn, Jr., age 77, of Wilmington, Delaware, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, November 25, 2013 after a brief illness.

Pete was born on January 22, 1936, and was raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Unionville High School and married his high-school sweetheart Suzanne K. Foreman. After graduating from Goldey-Beacom College, Pete began his career with the DuPont Company and worked there as an accountant for 33 years.

Pete was the son of the late Thomas and Lois Blackburn and was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Matthew Beyer.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Suzanne; his sister, Ruth and her husband, Bill Jones; his daughter, Lynda and her husband, Dan Burkhart; his son, Bruce and his wife, Marie; and his daughter, Patricia and her husband, Jack Vaile. Pete was also a loving grandfather to Shawn, Tiffany, Jessica, Allyssa, Lyndsey, Amanda and John. He was a loving great-grandfather to Nathanael and Madilyn.

Pete enjoyed spending time at the beach and traveling. He was also an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. Though, what Pete enjoyed most was spending time with his family and friends.

A service will be held at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, December 2 at 11:00AM. Friends may call from 9:30 - 11:00AM. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

Doherty Funeral Homes

To offer condolences, visit


Funeral Home

Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-8277

Published in The News Journal from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2013