Gregory Francis Malatesta - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Gregory Francis Malatesta

August 21, 1940 – May 22, 2015

Gregory Francis Malatesta, age 74, of Dover, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015.

A native Delawarean, Mr. Malatesta was born in Wilmington on August 21, 1940, and was a son of the late Gregory F. Malatesta and Eleanor F. (Nolan) Malatesta. He made his career as a journeyman with the Wilmington News Journal, retiring in 2003 after 30 years of dedicated service.

An active member of CWA Local 139, Mr. Malatesta served as a former vice president and shop steward. He was an avid outdoorsman and angler and former member of both the Golden Rule Bass Fishing Club and the West End Rod and Gun Club. Mr. Malatesta gave his time and talents as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Delaware at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover for 10 years. He was also a USO volunteer at the Dover Air Force Base. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who adored spending time with his loved ones, especially his grandchildren whom he held particularly close to his heart.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Malatesta was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Joseph Malatesta. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Barbara R. (Van Dyke) Malatesta; daughter, Amy R. Fleetwood and husband, Eddie of Dover; sister, Mary Oratorio of Wilmington; 4 grandchildren, Kyle A., Thomas M., Andrew H. and Kaitlyn R. Fleetwood; numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, May 29, 2015, in the Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forest Avenue, Dover, DE 19904.


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  • We send our love and sincerest sympathy to Barbara and the family.

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Take comfort in the happy memories and know that your friends are there for you.

    Merry and Kim Jones

  • Aunt Barbara – we are so very sorry to hear about Greg, and will keep you in our hearts and prayers through this difficult time. I know it must be very hard for the grandkids as well, so please let us know if there is anything at all we can do to try to ease the pain. We love you. Jaqlyn, Corey, Jay & Debbie

  • Dear Barbara and family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy. May the memories of happier times comfort you as you go through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Sandy Spence

  • Barb and family: I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my apologies that I will not be able to be there in person to pay my respects.

  • Barbara, We just wanted you to know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything – especially the difficult tasks that that you just cant think of who to ask. Wishing you and your family peace through this difficult time.
    Michele and Ben

  • When good people pass, we have to look at all their good work. My cousin exemplified that good work. Pray for those who have given; pray for those who need. Cousin Gregory (our Franny) we will miss you, as those who you touched everyday.

  • Hi Scott. Thanks for the note, I appreciate it. I understand you were not able to make it. Take care of yourself and Patty and your family. I miss my dear old friends.
    Fondly, Barb