Henry Joseph Mancini - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Henry Joseph Mancini

Born February 11, 1931

Henry Joseph Mancini, age 85, of Newark, DE, passed peacefully, after a life well lived, on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Born February 11, 1931 and raised in the Little Italy neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, Henry, or Rick(y) as some affectionately called him, was a 1949 graduate of H. Fletcher Brown Vocational High School. After high school, while learning to be a machinist, Henry worked at the Brandywine Tool and Die Making Shop and at the Wilmington Floor Covering Company. Two years later, Henry began working on his machinist apprenticeship at the Wilmington DuPont Machine Shop. In August of 1951, Henry was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served for the following two years. Upon completing his service, Henry returned to the DuPont Machine Shop to fulfill his apprenticeship. He worked in the shop for 34 years until his retirement in April 1985.

On February 23, 1952, at the age of 21, Henry married his true love, Barbara Niblett (Mancini). They spent nearly 65 beautiful years together, their anniversary taking place in just a few short days. Henry was a devoted husband and caregiver. He truly demonstrated the unconditional love and commitment needed to have a strong marriage. Henry was a jack of all trades, who enjoyed using his skills and talents to help others, whether they be family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. His love for woodworking was Henry’s biggest hobby. He completed several remarkable projects that displayed his incredible talent. Henry was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. Henry had a wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed telling jokes, writing poems, and doing impersonations. Henry was also a great Italian cook who shined in the kitchen. One day, family and friends will meet Henry again for a bowl of pasta and their favorite sauce.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Mancini; granddaughter, Reneé Deveney; brothers, Peter and Dominick Mancini; sisters, Ann (Kane), Alice (Scatasti), Mary (Cartolano), Edith (Parisi), Gloria (Amalfitano), and Julia (Churchillo); nephews, Dominick Scatasti and Anthony Amalfitano; and niece, Diane Scatasti.

Henry will be sorely missed by his daughters, Debra Mancini Deveney of New Castle, and Donna A. Mancini of Tulsa, OK; granddaughter, Nicole Deveney Pennington (John) of Middletown; great grandchildren, Joshua, Noelle and Brooke Pennington; sister-in-law, Helen Mancini of Wilmington; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 Noon until 1 pm on Friday afternoon, February 17, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a joint celebration of life for both Barbara and Henry will begin at 1 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.


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  • Pop, I just saw you and gave you my final kiss. I love you with all my heart and right now I cannot imagine living the rest of my life without you. You were the best pop, husband, grandfather and great pop. You taught me so much for which I will forever grateful. I pray you and mom are having an Anniversary dance in heaven celebrating your 65th wedding anniversary on February 23rd. You will forever have a spot in my heart which no one could ever fill. Although my heart is shattered, I am happy that your life’s labor is finished and you are at peace with mom.

    I will miss you forever and not a day will go by that I will not think of you. Give Renee’ a hug and a kiss and someday we will all be together again.

    I love you,
    Your daughter

  • Pleaase accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Mr Mancini. My hope is that this scripture at Isaiah 41:10/13 brings your hearts comfort during this most grievous time.

  • Living your life the way you did set an example for all of us. Caring for your wife all those years during her illness, with patience and love Is extraordinary. Now you go to your heavenly reward, but your life here on earth was a good one. While my heart is heavy with grief, I am comforted in the knowledge that you and your devoted wife and granddaughter Renee and the members of your family that preceded you in death will all be together in God’s love. Rob and I will really miss you.

  • My heart goes out to the Family of Henry and Barbara. You should be very proud of both, they were two great and loving individuals. I will always remember your father and will cherish his life. He truly was a good man. A man who will always have my deepest respect. Uncle Henry you are at peace, rest well in God’s arms. Debbie and Donna, I am so very sorry for your lost, if there is anything I can do, please let me know.



  • Words can not express my deepest sympathy , for your lost. Please accept my condolences .

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death anymore right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.Please read these scriptures and may the god of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement.