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May 4, 1946 – July 11, 2014

William N. “Billy” Haldas, age 68, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on July 11, 2014 at Wilmington Hospital.

Mr. Haldas was born on May 4, 1946 in Wilmington, DE, the son of the late Gus S. Haldas and Eva Tshulos Haldas.

Billy was a dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather (affectionately referred to as Willy Pop), brother, uncle and friend. He was unique and spirited, and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him appreciated his many talents. These talents ranged from his truly gifted piano skills, to his entertaining and animated political pontifications, to his ability to “MacGyver” any faulty electrical or mechanical system into full functionality. He worked as a respected merchandising manager for the Standard Distributing Company in New Castle and retired after 30 years of service. He also served in the Delaware Army National Guard and was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington.

Billy is survived by his cherished and loving bride of 42 years, Shirley F. Kinney Haldas; son, Christopher M. Haldas and his wife, Melanie A. of Bear; granddaughter, Amber N. Haldas; sister, Suzanne H. Wilkinson of Newark; brother-in-law, Carl Kinney, Sr. and his wife Cathy, of Middletown; nephew, Carl Kinney, Jr.; and nieces, Alise Kinney (god child), Carissa Moriello and Kellie Yarnell.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 pm, on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE 19711, where family and friends may visit between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.

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  1. E M SAUNDERS, July 15, 2014

    To Ms. Shirley and family,

    Thinking of you during this sad time. Ms. Shirley i remember how you would smile when apeaking about your husband so the love you two shared was plain for all to see. Hold to that love always and it will help you through the dark times.
    E. M. Saunders

  2. Wendy Rumpff, July 15, 2014

    What an honor it was and will always be to have known such a wonderful man!

    Love, Wendy

  3. Maria Wiedeman, July 15, 2014

    Shirley, Chris & family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs across the miles,

    Maria, Matt, Re’Anne, Isaiah, & Warren Wiedeman

  4. Michelle Sexton, July 15, 2014

    So sorry for your loss, Chris. Losing a parent is very difficult no matter how old you are. Praying for you and your family.

  5. Yvonne Tetreault, July 15, 2014

    Shirley, I am so sorry to learn of your husband’s death. You and your family are in my prayers.

  6. Mr. & Mrs. Clinton & Barbara Brown, July 16, 2014

    Shirley, Chris & Family,
    I am so sorry to here of the passing of your husband/father. Our heats grieve. I Praying God will comfort you and bless the memories your heart holds. With Prayers and deep Sympathy…

    The Browns (your neighbor)

  7. Jim Frazier, July 16, 2014

    Bill, it was a pleasure playing with you over the years – first in the 287th Army Band and then 5 years keeping the rhythm solid for your keyboard work in Forrest. Great memories. No doubt you’re in rock and roll heaven.

    Christopher, we never met, but I remember their wedding, your Mom pregnant with you, and how proud he was that you were on the way.

    Shirley, my heart goes out to you; you were the light of his life. Thanks for toughing it out through all of those gigs and keeping that smile going through the thousandth performance of “Pretty Woman”!

  8. Ron & Lolita Veasey, July 16, 2014

    Dear Shirley & Chris,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to bless you.

    Your Neighbors,
    Ron & Lolita

  9. ron gleeson, July 17, 2014

    so sorry to hear of your loss.

  10. gary snyder, July 17, 2014

    so sorry to hear of your loss. Bill and me had great times playing music in the Jelly Blue Jam along with Chas Day and Jessie and Bob. Bill was a great friend to have known and I will always remember the adventures we had back in the 60’s. I am sure we will all get back together up in Heaven.With Prayers and deep Sympathy to all of his family. Gary Snyder (drummer)

  11. Scott Martin, July 21, 2014

    So sorry to read about the loss of Bill. I was planning on seeing him this fall. I will miss Bill. My prayers and sympathy to his family.


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