David H. Petrea - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

David H. Petrea

September 6, 1966 - December 28, 2017

David H. Petrea, age 51, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 28, 2017.

A lifelong Delawarean, David was born on September 6, 1966 to the late Dalton Pete and Josephine (Sweeney) Petrea. David was a gifted goldsmith who took great pride in designing & fabricating jewelry. He worked for various jewelers in Delaware where he had a strong following of customers.

David was a talented bass player for several local bands throughout the years and is now ready for his great gig in the sky. A nature lover and self-proclaimed environmentalist, David enjoyed canoeing and hiking. He was a kind hearted man with a gentle soul who made friends wherever he went. Most of all, David will be dearly missed by the lives he touched in his short time on earth.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Anna (D’Amato) Petrea; daughters, Brooke Carter and Alana Petrea; sisters, Melanie Nixon (Robin) and Sammy Mizenko (Joe Durso); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. An ecofriendly green burial will follow in Old Drawyers Cemetery, Odessa, DE to honor David’s respect for the environment.

In memory of his love for animals, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.


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11 Condolences for David H. Petrea

  • Deepest sympathy to David’s family… Paula Brooks

  • To the Petrea family,
    We are sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you during you time of need.
    Antonio and Tiberi

  • I had the honor of working with Dave for 5 years at Whiiten’s Fine Jewelry. He was such a kind and wonderful man. He was truly a gentleman who loved his family. I will miss him. Linda Linda [ Dave’s name for me! ] Linda and Lester Brooks

  • My deepest sympathy to the Petrea family. Dave and I were close friends during our Boy Scout days through junior high school and high school. I have fond memories of our Appalachian Trail hikes as well as our trip to Matagamon Scout Base in Maine. I cherish my childhood memories with Dave, including our Easter break in 1980 at his father’s (Dalton’s) place near Laurel, DE where we rode my go-kart and his dirt bike. Although we’d lost touch in adulthood, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

  • Anna and Family,

    John and I are sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

    Fran and John Tebbutt

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy. May your fond memories help you through this difficult time. Know that your care and devotion during his extended illness was a source of great comfort to him.

  • Dearest Jo and family,
    May your precious memories of David help to bring you comfort during this time of such profound loss. You all worked together as a family during David’s decline and there is nothing that can take the place of that kind of nurturing of body, soul and spirit.
    Loving blessings,

  • We are so, so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers are coming your way.

  • Aunt Jo and family,
    My deepest condolences and the thought that David is at peace now should be somewhat comforting. Prayers to all,
    Love Andy..

  • David was a wonderful friend. I always enjoyed watching him play at festivals.
    To the Petra family, I am so sorry for your loss. May he RIP.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Dave for over a year at Jared. Galleria of Jewelry. He was a very talented jeweler with a great sense of hummer. He was able to make everyone in whole shop laugh and made our work day a pleasure. His life was a life well lived and will be missed.

    Rick Hahn