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Newell E. Whitcomb


Newell E. Whitcomb (Newt), age 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Ray Albert and Catherine Stracchen Whitcomb, one of six children and the last in his family to pass.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 65 years, Ellen (Tellier), sons, James N. (Kehei, Maui), Timothy H. (Wilmington, DE), Jonathan P. (Wilmington, DE); Grandchildren, Lynn M, Matthew J., Diana R., Amy S. and great grandchild Ethan M. He was predeceased by a fourth son, Newell E. Whitcomb, Jr. (Chip)

During World War 2 as a first Lieutenant in the Infantry, he served in the Philippines and Okinawa. After the war he completed his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was a member of the DKE fraternity and graduated as a metallurgical engineer.

Newt worked at American Brass Co., E. I. DuPont and SL Industries. While at DuPont he consulted on materials issues. Working with steel companies and machinery manufacturers, he led the development of ASTM A587 Piping for the Process Industries. Upon leaving DuPont he started Galaxie Manufacturing based upon this fabrication technique. Later selling Galaxie to SL he stayed on and became a Group Vice President with P & L responsibility for four divisions. After retiring in 1985, he founded a pipe distribution company, North Star Enterprises, which continues today. A problem with his airplane and passion for problem solving spurred him to develop a solution to fix the seats in his Aerostar. This culminated with his second patent and a small business marketing the 'EZ Glides'.

Among Newts hobbies were racing sports cars, sailing and playing golf with his friends at Concord Country Club where he was a member for 49 years. He was also a member of Wailea Golf Club on Maui where he maintained a home for many years. He loved to travel the world and he and Ellen were fortunate enough to travel over Europe, Asia and Austrailia. His greatest passion was his love of flying airplanes. As an accomplished pilot with over 3500 hours of experience, he and Ellen traveled the country in his Aeostar. Newt was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Quiet Birdman, Aeostar owners Association and other aviation organizations. He had an amazing sense of humor and loved to tell jokes and laugh with his friends and family and was often heard saying with his friends "first liar doesn't stand a chance."

Newt was a member of the VFW post 5892.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1 from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 500 McKennan's Church Rd., followed by a service at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Lower Brandywine Cemetery.

Newt loved flowers and they would be appreciated. However, donations to Delaware Hospice will equally be appreciated.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013
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