Bruce E. Williams
Suddenly went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
Bruce was born on July 30, 1954, in Wilmington, DE, to the late John and Emma (Blackwell) Williams. Bruce was a 1972 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School.
He began his career at the Post Office in 1977, where he became the Number 1 Mail-Handler in the state of Delaware.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Bobby; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Lenny Harris; his niece, Becky; nephew, Rob; and son-in-law, Andrew Gallagher.
Bruce was the definition of a Patriarch; family was everything to him. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family, so they wanted for nothing. When tragedy or hardship struck, as it often did in our family, Bruce rose to the occasion every time, without hesitation. Regardless of the circumstance, he selflessly concealed his own pain and inconveniences, with grace, humility, and most importantly, his "trademark" yell, to fill the voids of those around him. His greatest and most rewarding "fill-in" role was when he took in his two oldest granddaughters, Lexie and Kaleigh Gallagher, at a very young age, and raised (and spoiled) them as his own.
Bruce was strong-willed, hard-working, determined, passionate, and GROUCHY. He lived life to the fullest, and took care of all who crossed his path. He loved the outdoors; golfing (he was the next Tiger Woods, if it wasn't for those knees), fishing, and yearly beach vacations to Broadkill. He enjoyed a great meal, and treating others to the finest dinners; he loved to attend plays on Broadway with his wife. He was an avid reader, and a huge fan of sports and Rock-n-Roll. The only person that knew more than him was his guru, Howard Stern.
Bruce will be terribly missed by his wife and soulmate of 37 years, Michaelene (Hillis); his daughters, Amy Schiappa (John Kaiser), Jaime Williams (Jason Bryck), and Rita Williams (Jeffery Blankenhorn); his grandchildren, Lexie, Kaleigh, Luke, Lenie, Henry, Audrey, Olivia, Bella, Jase, Ethan, Reign, and Abel; great-granddaughter, Laila; his brother, Butch Williams (Dana) and sister-in-law, Judy Williams; and a host of nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends (esp., his life-long best friend, Dennis Lundy).
There will be a celebration of life, after the pandemic.
Published by The News Journal from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2020.