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William James DeCaro

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William James DeCaro (Bill), 102 William James DeCaro (Bill), 102 died on April 28, 2011, at Harlee Manor, Springfield, PA. Bill died of a broken heart, grieving for his beloved wife and constant companion of nearly 87 years, Marie, who died 13 days earlier, on April 15th. Bill told employees of Harlee Manor that he would be joining Marie soon, even if he had to follow her to Hell. Bill was raised in South Philadelphia with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. All his siblings predeceased him. Bill met Marie at Madam Deval's Dance Studio, in Philadelphia , when they were 15 years old. The next 5 years were spent touring the country with Marie and his brother, Ed, in a Vaudeville act "The DeCaro Twins & Marie". Bill and Marie were married on June 20, 1920. They would have celebrated their 82nd anniversary this June. In his youth, Bill was a champion weight lifter. He once held 3 American Bantam Weightlifting Records. After Vaudeville ended in late 1929, Bill became an insurance agent. He worked for the Sun Life Insurance Company until he retired at 63. When Bill was 35, during World War II, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Philippine Islands from 1945 to 1946. This was the only time the DeCaro's were ever separated in 87 years. In 1946, Bill returned to Aldan, PA, where he and Marie raised their 3 children. After Bill retired, the DeCaro's moved to Bishop Hill Apartments in Clifton Heights. They lived there for 28 years before moving to Harlee Manor. His older son William is deceased. Survivors: Son Charles and daughter Ann Marie, who both reside in Seattle,, Washington. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Services: Private Arrangements: O'Leary Funeral Home,Springfield, PA

Published in Delaware County Daily & Sunday Times on May 8, 2011
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