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William L. Wool, Jr.

William L. Wool, Jr., age 90, died on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. from old age.

He had lived in the Independent Apartments at Millcroft for the past 10 years. Bill was born in Philadelphia, PA and lived most of his early life in the suburbs west of Philadelphia. He finished High School at the Chestnut Hill Academy in PA. Bill received a Mechanical Engineer degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ and a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware. He was a licensed professional engineer in the state of Delaware.

After graduating from Stevens, Bill worked for RCA, Camden, NJ, the research labs of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA and finished his working career with the DuPont Company, retiring after 33 years.

Bill met his wife of almost 62 years, Jeanne, at Stevens and they married in May 1945 and raised three sons. He was always an active volunteer, particularly in the churches he attended. Bill was a licensed layreader, chalice bearer, and a Eucharist Minister for 40 years and served on vestries in many positions. (He served as head of acolytes for 17 years in Newport). He was active with Boy Scouts, Literacy Volunteers, Contact Del (now ContactLifeline) for 20 years, Meals on Wheels and AARP's tax counseling for the elderly (14 years). In 2000 Jeanne and Bill received RSVP's award for "outstanding senior volunteer service".

Bill was predeceased by his wife Jeanne, his parents William and Beatrice Wool, his brother John Wool, and his son William L. Wool, III. He is survived by two sons, Chris Wool and his wife, Cindy, of Newark, DE, and the Rev. Dr. Peter C. Wool and his long-time companion, Mark Rich, of Philadelphia, PA; daughter-in-law Erica Wool of Newark, DE: two granddaughters, Stacy Helm and her husband, Jeff, of Clayton, DE and Lisa Wool of Wilmington, DE; two grandsons, Brian and Zachary Wool, of Newark, DE; great grandson, Shane Helm of Clayton, DE, and a brother Bob Wool of Media, Pa; as well as two nieces and a nephew.

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway (at the intersection of Duncan Rd.), Wilmington, DE 19808, where friends are invited to call from 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11am at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2800 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, with a reception immediately following in the Church Hall. Interment will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Bill's name to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at the above address. Messages of condolence may be sent to

Published in The News Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2012
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