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William (Bill) Gilpin (Gil) Day

AGE: 81 • Chadds Ford, PA

July 7, 1935 - Sept. 10, 2016

On September 10, 2016 at 11:55 PM, Bill (or Gil, as many people knew him) Day passed peacefully with his wife (Peggie) and children (Denise and Bill) at his side after his long struggle with asbestosis. He died the way he had always lived, with strength and dignity. A native Delawarean, born July 7, 1935, on his grandfather William Day's farm on Grubb Road, Wilmington, DE (now known as Jester farm) he grew up in the area and graduated from Alexis I. du Pont High School in 1953. He was the son of the late Ada Day Kenec and J. Herbert Day and is survived by his wife Margaret (Peggie) Beck Day, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, two children, Denise M. Day and William G. Day, Jr. (Mary Beth), two grandsons, William G. Day III (Trip) and Foster M. Day, step granddaughter, Kelly Carter and sister, Mary Nelson (Joseph).

After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955. He worked all his life in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning trades and during the early years of his career, he was exposed to asbestos which would ultimately take him from us. He taught night school at the H. Fletcher Brown Vocational School. In 1977, he started his own mechanical business, William G. Day Company which still does business in the city of Wilmington, DE. He was very much involved in his business over the years and saw many changes. Gil was president of the Delaware PHCC in 1988-89.

He touched the lives of many people, employees and customers as well as contractors and vendors. His work ethic was "whatever you do, do your best". He designed the HVAC system for One Commerce Center in Wilmington, DE, in the late 1970's.

His greatest joy was his family and going to his grandsons' swim meets, football games, lacrosse games or whatever they were involved in at the time. He saw them accepted at West Point Academy and went to his youngest grandson's graduation from the academy in 2015. Two days prior to that, he was diagnosed with asbestosis and put on oxygen 24/7.

He and his wife enjoyed sailing all over the Chesapeake Bay after buying their first sailboat in 1980 and travelled to Europe and the islands several times throughout the 1980's and '90's and most recently to Stuart, Florida, in the winter.

Even in death, Gil was still doing good by donating his body to research through Med-Cure. The service will be private.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care provided to him in his home, most especially his nurse, Kirk Hoffman and aide, Patti Bellosi.

The family requests that donations in his memory be made to PHCC Educational Foundation at 180 S. Washington St. Ste. 100, Falls Church, VA 22046 or online at
Published in The News Journal on Sept. 29, 2016
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