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William Cody Robertson Jr.


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William Cody Robertson, Jr.

AGE: 76 • Bridgeville

William Cody Robertson, Jr passed away suddenly on April 3 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Brohawn Robertson of Bridgeville, DE, his brother Gary Wayne Robertson of Richmond, VA, his son William Gregory Robertson of Kennett Square, PA, his daughter Gale Robertson Vantrease and son-in-law Bob Vantrease of Newark, DE, and stepson Johnnie Rossy III of Cambridge, MD. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren, Cody, Andraya and Austin Vantrease, Corteney, Cameron, Hadley and Quinn Robertson, and his great grandson, Landon Vantrease.

Bill was the son of the late William Cody Robertson and Wilda Claris Breeden Robertson and was born in Elkton, VA while his father was working as a surveyor during construction of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Bill was an exceptional athlete throughout his life and led his high school basketball team to an undefeated state championship his junior year. Following high school, he received multiple scholarship offers for both football and basketball and decided to play football for the Virginia Tech Hokies. He graduated in 1962 with a degree in Business and accepted a position with DuPont in Seaford, Delaware. Over the next 10 years, Bill worked for DuPont in Seaford and Charlotte, NC, before settling permanently in Seaford where he enjoyed a fulfilling career with Penco Corporation for 31 years, serving as president for many years until his retirement in 2003. Bill was a pillar in the community, serving on many boards, organizations and committees including Wilmington Trust and Liberty Mutual. He was a life-long supporter and donor of Virginia Tech, the University of Delaware, and the Seaford Golf and Country Club. Bill was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church where he was beloved by his congregation.

Bill was an astute businessman and was admired and respected by colleagues. He was also an avid golfer and spent quality time with his friends on golf trips around the country and at all the local courses. Most of all, Bill was a family man. He and his wife travelled extensively, and he always made an effort to attend his grandkids' sporting events. He faithfully called his mother every single week after he left home until her death in her 70s. Bill will be dearly missed by so many people who will remember his fantastic smile, his "fair, firm, and consistent" mantra, and his genuine, humorous and friendly demeanor.

Visitation will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, 300 North Pine Street, Seaford, DE 19973 on April 15th from 12-1pm, with a service to follow from 1-2pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. John's Church, www.stjohnsseaford.com. Arrangements were made by Cranston Funeral Home, www.cranstonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 8, 2017
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