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William “Bill” Forestieri  

William “Bill” Forestieri

November 13, 1935 – March 4, 2017


William Forestieri, age 81, of Bear, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, while surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on November 13, 1935, Bill was the son of the late Anthony and Marion (Smith) Forestieri.  He made his career with Sardo and Sons Warehousing, where he worked as a shop steward for Teamsters Union Local 326, retiring after 32 years.

As a tough 17 year old who quit school and joined the Marines, he was just what Paris Island wanted – Marine tough.  He proudly served his country for 4 years during the Korean War.  When he returned home, Bill played and coached semi-pro football.  He coached both the Conrad Apaches and Blue Hen Youth Conference.  He loved football and enjoyed both fishing and boating with his wife, Frieda in Lewes and Rehoboth Bay.

Bill had many titles – Honey; Dad; Pop; Pop Pop; Coach Bill; and Gunny as he was known by his friends at the VA Hospital, where he faithfully served as a volunteer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother; and stepson, Michael Ganzman.  Bill is survived by his wife, Frieda; daughter, Michele; son, Daniel; stepdaughter, Cathy and husband, Terry; brother, Jack Forestieri and wife, Pat; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

UPDATED: A committal service and interment with military honors will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, March 17, 2017 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you say a prayer for a veteran.

“I love you Honey and always will.  Semper Fi.”  ~ Frieda Forestieri

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  1. Missy & Brian Soule, March 7, 2017

    We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing-we hung out with he and Frieda at TG Muggs years ago and always had such a great time-his sense of humor always made everyone laugh!! God bless you all, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. Jake, March 8, 2017

    RIPBill Semper Fi

  3. John Forestieri, March 11, 2017

    Uncle Bill you will be sadly missed. Thank you for all the childhood memories; fishing, flashlights, camping etc. ’till we met again Semper Fi.

  4. ObitManager, March 12, 2017

    My condolences to the Forestieri family. Tom Hutchens (lifelong friend and former co-worker)

  5. Sharon and Carl Lawson, March 12, 2017

    We send our deepest sympathy as you and your family will be in our prayers. Frieda you have been a dear friend of mine for many years, stay strong love you.


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