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William G. Neaton


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William G. Neaton Obituary
William G. Neaton, 70, of Dover, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2017 in the presence of his loving children.
Bill was born July 18, 1946 in Albany, N.Y., to the late Kenneth and Harriet Neaton.

Bill received his B.A in Sociology from Western Maryland College and an M.A. in Business Management from Central Michigan University. Upon graduating from college, he served his country for four years as an artillery officer in the United States Army.

After his discharge, Bill began his career with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which brought him to Dover in 1979 to open his own franchise, Neaton's Goodyear Tire Service. A successful businessman, he owned and operated his franchise until 2005 and earned the Kent County Small Businessman of the Year award in 1996. Bill then served as the Economic Development Director for the city of Dover and the executive director of the Downtown Dover Partnership from 2008 until his retirement in 2016.

Throughout his career, his service to his community filled him with immense pride. Bill served on the Kent General Hospital board of directors from 1988-1997; serving as chairman from 1995-1997. While in this role, he initiated and oversaw the merger of Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital to form what is now known as Bayhealth Medical Center. This was one of his proudest accomplishments, and he continued serving as the chairman of the Bayhealth board of directors from 1997-2000. Bill also served on the board at the Modern Maturity Center from 1992-2011, serving as president from 2000-2005.

In his spare time, Bill was a highly regarded official for high school and college football, and high school lacrosse. He cherished the friendships he made on athletic fields over the 30 years he officiated. He enjoyed spending his downtime with his toes in the sand, reading a good book and having a "tasty beverage" on the beach. He loved animals and could almost always be found with a furry companion at his side. Above all else, he was a man who loved his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Black and her husband Everett, Jessica Greeley and her husband Ted, and Rebecca Renwick and her husband Nate; his son, Alex and his wife Katie; brother Randy Neaton and his wife Connie; former wife Bobbi Neaton; grandchildren, William and Matthew Black, MaryRobert and Jack Greeley, and Calvin and Grayson Neaton; his companion Jill Cavalcanti; and his beloved dogs, Tucker and Betsy.

Memorial services will be held May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the Modern Maturity Center.

Letters of condolence may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
Published in Dover Post from May 17 to May 26, 2017
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