Eugene F. “Gene” McDerby
Eugene F. Gene McDerby, age 66, of Bear, Delaware passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 with his loving family by his side.
Born on June 4, 1949 in Bayonne, New Jersey, he was a son of the late John McDerby and Margaret (Sugrue) McDerby.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Intrepid.
Gene, as he was affectionately known by all, worked for Chrysler Parts in Newark, where he dedicated more than 40 years as a skilled trade safety and maintenance worker.
In his spare time, he loved fishing and crabbing, especially with his children, grandchildren and other family members. He was an avid model train collector.
With his caring and kindred spirit, Gene possessed a passion for helping others and actively volunteered many times a week at the Emmanuel Dining Room West. He touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed and remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
Gene leaves many fond memories to his loving wife of 26 years, Anna M. (Anderson) McDerby; three children, Daniel McDerby, Bethany Greene (Arnold) and Sandra Colicchio (Joseph Twaddell); two brothers, Jack McDerby (Pat) and Kevin McDerby (Diane); three sisters, Patricia Capaldi (Tony), Ellen Goode (Bill) and Peggy Bremer (Mickey); seven special grandchildren, TJ, Jasmine, Alex, Hailey, Sean, Ruthie and Britton, as well as many dear friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:15 pm on Monday afternoon, October 19, 2015 at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE, where friends may visit with his family from 9:45 am until 11:45 am. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.
In honor of Gene’s love for the helping others, his family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Emmanuel Dining Room West, 121 N. Jackson Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.