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Eugene Edward

"Buzzy" Gillen

Age 89, died on Saturday, January 5,2008 at Wilmington Hospital.

Buzzy was born in Wilmington on April 13, 1918, the son of the late Frank and Jeannette (Lewis) Gillen. Mr. Gillen was a 1936 graduate of Salesianum School, where he was th captain of the 1936 basketball team and he received a basketball scholarship to Beacom College. After one year at Beacom, Buzzy received a full 4 year scholarship to LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He made the varsity team in his freshman year and was the team captain in his senior year. Following his graduation, Mr. Gillen served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. While in the service, Buzzy played on the All Star basketball team out of Miramar Air Station in San Diego, CA and Oahu, HI. After returning to Delaware, Buzzy joined the Wilmington Blue Bombers for several years before calling it quits. Mr. Gillen retired in 1980 after 40 years with the accounting department of the DuPont Company. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a member of the Salesianum Alumni Association, St. Ann's Church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, a former member of St. Peter's Cathedral and a lifetime member of the Defiance Athletic Club.

Buzzy was predeceased by his first wife, Pauline (Ademski) Gillen in 1986 after 36 years of marriage. Buzzy's family includes his wife, Dorothy (Crowe) Wilson Gillen; 4 step-daughters, Nancy Wilson McCormack and her husband, Bob, Deborah J. Wilson, Barbara Wilson Brown and her husband, Philip, and Cynthia Wilson Kehrer and her husband, Randy and 7 step-grandchildren. Also surviving arc his sister, Catherine '"Sissy" Burns; his nephews, Michael and Patrick Burns and his niece, Idamae Gillen Barnes and her husband. Jim.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning at 11 am, at St. Ann's Church, Gilpin Avenue and Union Street, Wilmington. Friends may call at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 703 North Broom Street, on Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30 am. Entombment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 1414 King Street, Wilmington. DE 19801.


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Published in The News Journal on Jan. 7, 2008.