Herbert J. Bessey - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Herbert J. Bessey

Born November 19, 1930

Herbert J. Bessey, known fondly as Herbie, age 84, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1930, Herbie was the son of the late Herbert F. Bessey and Rose Morgan Bessey. He bravely served his country as a member of the US Army in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was honorably discharged after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Known for his strong work ethic, Herbie worked in the road maintenance department for the Delaware Turnpike Authority, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service.

He was a founding member of Holy Family Church in Newark and active in the Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th degree Knight and had also served as a past Grand Knight. An avid football fan, Herbie enjoyed cheering for the Delaware Blue Hens and NY Giants each season. He relished time spent with his family and especially loved travelling with his wife. A devoted and loving husband, father, Pop-Pop and great grandfather, Herbie will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie Cantasano Bessey. Herbie is survived by his daughters, Janet Ponchak (Al) of Middletown, DE, Rosemary Press (Pat) of Bear, DE and Kathleen McGarry (Shaun) of Newark, DE; 7 grandchildren, Justin (Sonia), Tyler (Whitney), Kyle, Colin, Abigail, Zachary and Owen; and 3 great grandchildren, Peyton, Landyn and Grace.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 pm until 5 pm on Sunday afternoon, December 28, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday morning, December 29, 2014, at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Herbie’s name may be sent to the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Council #4548, c/o Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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  • To all of the Bessey Family –

    I am sorry for your loss. He is now being transitioned into Eternal Life and loving arms of Marie.
    The memories of your Dad and your Mother will last forever.

    Eileen (Carroll-Carroll)

  • So Sorry for your loss, The World was a better place with your father in it.God Speed Blessing to all
    With Love
    Charlie & Sue

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your loved one personally, but I do know the pain of losing a loved one in death. It is my hope that you may find comfort from family and friends, and from “the God of all comfort” who can provide us with peace during such difficult times. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

  • Rosie and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death so soon after the death of your Mom especially around the holidays. I was thinking of you and praying for you today when the Mass was celebrated for your Dad. I trust all went well. Sending prayers and sympathy. Bern

  • Herb, you will be missed by all who have had the honor to have known you. Your spirit and Marie’s spirit continue to live in this world in the form of the goodness and love that you both gave to your wonderful children, their spouses, and your grandchildren. Goodbye, our cherished friend.