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James E. “Jimmy” Strawbridge

February 28, 1949 - January 9, 2022

James E. “Jimmy” Strawbridge, age 72, of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on February 28, 1949, he was a son of the late Robert and Maryann (Crawford) Strawbridge.

Jimmy served as a police officer on the Wilmington Police Department where he retired as a Sergeant after serving for 23 years.  When Jimmy was home he enjoyed spending time in his yard working on his garden and taking care of his roses.  Jimmy loved growing peppers and other plants and sharing them with others.  Jimmy loved watching sports.  He liked watching all teams, but enjoyed his Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, and even the Yankees. 

 In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his siblings, Bob Strawbridge and Nancy Hamm. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy C. (Singleton) Strawbridge; daughters, Jamie Strawbridge, Kelly Strawbridge, and Chrissey Strawbridge; siblings, Cathy White and Tommy Strawbridge; and many nieces and nephews.

 A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11 am on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the services for Jimmy can live stream the service by clicking here.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jimmy’s memory to Special Olympics of Delaware, 619 S. College Ave, Newark, DE 19716, or online by clicking here.

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38 Condolences for James E. “Jimmy” Strawbridge

  • Gone in my sight but not in my heart,you rest now Bro Man see you later,love you your little brother Tommy

  • Sending our love to the family.

  • Our condolences to you, Nancy, and the family. Jay has fond memories of serving on WPD with Jim, Bob and Cathy. We hope the family finds peace during this difficult time.

  • Nancy so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I will keep you all in my prayers!
    RIP Jimmy!

  • Sending Our Prayers & Blessings to the Strawbridge Family.

  • To all the Strawbridge family
    Jimmy was one of the good guys. He was our older cousin and we all looked up to him . He will always be in our hearts . We will keep everyone in our prayers . Love. Ruth Anne and Charles Hudson

  • Jamie so sorry to here about your dad I know you will miss vary my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  • One of my best memories of my big brother is him letting me use his 1967 Tempest to go to school while he was away with the USN on a 6 month cruise. That car had big tires, loud exhaust and was gold with black leather roof. He helped me boost my reputation big time at Conrad! Love you forever Jimmy! RIP!

  • Nancy sorry for your loss. Phyllis and I send our condolences to you and the girls. Jimmy will be dearly missed not only by your family but the whole WPD family. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the service, but we will be thinking of you. RIP Straw.

  • My sincerest condolences to the Strawbridge Family. He was an awesome Detective and he will be deeply missed.
    Amy Rausch WPD

  • To the Strawbridge Family, Our sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband & grandfather. Jimmy & his family were neighbors of Joe’s family for years & Joe has many good memories. Jimmy was also an usher in our wedding in October, 1973. May he Rest In Peace. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Take care & God bless you.

  • Sending our condolences to the Strawbridge family. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers. Peace.

  • A great officer with WPD whom I met as a young prosecuting attorney in the 1970’s. A good guy all the time on & off the softball field. R.I.P. my friend

  • To the Strawbrige family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy, Sharon and Mark Blessing

  • Jamie & Nancy & Kelly & Chrissy
    My Condolences to all of you .
    I am so heartbroken for all of you.
    Rest In Peace Jim

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this great time of loss. My husband, George, and I were both on the Department with Jimmy. He’s a great guy who will be missed by all his brother and sister officers.
    Rita Draper Crowley

  • My prayers to Jimmy’s family. So grateful to him for the guidance and friendship he showed when we officiated football for NDFOA. Rest easy.

  • To the family my condolences

  • Prayers

  • Jimmy was a great, close friend as we grew up at Silverbrook Methodist Church, went through k-12 together and graduated from Wilmington High School. Yearbook says Jimmy’s ambition was to become a CPA. He was in the honor society at WHS. I remember Jimmy becoming the DJ at the dances at Silverbrook church. We went it Sunday school there, set up tables and chairs for dinners, served food, and cleanup afterward. I always looked forward to seeing Jimmy at the St. Anthony’s festivals. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • I’m so sorry to read about his passing I don’t know him but I hope you and your family have peace and comfort through out this difficult time but I know His wife and daughters through pastor Vince and Barbara

  • Sorry to learn that Straw has passed away. He was a great guy and a great cop. Worked with him in “The Pit” and had some great times along with the bad ones. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Nancy…….Please let the love of people who care help you through this journey. I have fond memories of you and Jimmy from WHS, the WPD softball games, and the
    cookouts at Joe and Susan Pantuliano’s house.

    Paula DiEleuterio Brohawn

  • Nancy & Family,
    It seems we move thru this time on earth with many unknowns but for sure, we rely on great hope and faith. In that journey are events that standout and remain with us forever. It is your life with Jimmey (Husband and Father) where he provided those special memories that will be there to support you in the days ahead. In our thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry for your loss and wish you peace in the days ahead.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Alfred, Maria, Michelle & Christine Hernandez

  • One of my first sergeants when I entered WPD. He was a great leader, and I will always remember him as a strong and caring man. My sincere condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • It’s so hard for me to write this, it just doesn’t seem real. Uncle Jim was like a second dad growing up, Sarah and I grew up at his house. He always welcomed us and made sure we were taken care of. I loved all of our times riding down to the beach with him driving us all in the big van listening to the oldies swaying on the road and us getting on his case for it, him holding down the fort and camping out on the beach all day for 4th of July fireworks, going out to eat and always treating us, our trips to NYC, I will always remember him being a loyal hard worker, his love of ironing and smelling the starch, him cutting the grass and his love for working out in the yard and garden, his love for watching sports and of course the crazy talk shows like Jerry Springer and hearing him laugh at it :), his love for reading, his love of food and always sneaking more 🙂 his ornery playfulness with Aunt Nancy in front of us, I will miss him saying did you bring the cornbread casserole and laugh when I showed up with my containers for leftovers. He was a big man with a big heart! He loved ALL his girls (he was surrounded by them) he would joke even the dogs a girl :). He made sure we were taken care of like we were his daughters too. He always wanted to make people feel welcome and I appreciated that<3 I know he was suffering with his health before this and it was so hard to see him like that (and even in that we joked), I’m glad he is not suffering anymore. Uncle Jim you will be missed so much! Things won’t be the same without you. We love You!<3

  • I would like to express my deepest condolences the Strawbridge family. Sgt. Strawbridge was a great supervisor who treated me fairly and with respect. Thomas Harris (W.P.D)

  • We haven’t been able to be with my sister and the girls, to hold on to them and be able to be there for them because of coming down with covid. It’s felt l9ike a bad dream, but we wrapped them with our love and prayers. We are brokenhearted 0ver Jim’s passing. Some of our memories of Jim are: He was a man who cared about others, as he dedicated most of his life protecting them and putting his life on the line as a police officer. Whatever would come up, he wanted to be a part and help out. Jim loved Nancy and his girls. He was soooo very proud of them. Our Katie and Sarah were like two more daughters. He always took care of them. I think of the many fun times they had at the beach, staying at their trailer. Always treating them ordering up Chinese or whatever take out…going out for crab feasts. I believe he got tickled to see how they were enjoying themselves. He loved our family and we loved him. Our grandchildren gave him the nickname “Jimmy-Cakes”. He was happy when they were around. Our Katie would come in with her big bag of containers all the time to take home food when we would have dinners. It cracked him up and he would tease her. Jim went to one of Sarah’s soccer games and he cheered her on yelling, “Fly, bird, fly!”. He would reminisce and talk with Ed about the old days and businesses in Wilmington. Whenever Ed would be over to help out with something he came out to help. One thing I had in common with Jim was gardening. He loved it! He was always in the backyard doing his thing. I like to think he met up with my dad in heaven and he’s showing him his garden. You know it came down to Jim knew his need to be forgiven and he received the love of God. Although we grieve, we grieve with hope knowing we will see him again in heaven! John 3:16…”For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”

  • My condolences to the Strawbridge family. Straw was a great person and a great supervisor. I worked with him in patrol and in the Drug Unit. Rest in Peace, Straw.

  • Sorry for you loss Nancy and girls , Jimmy was one great man . You’ll see see him again one day . You ladies are in my thoughts and prayers . He is with my daddy .

  • My thoughts and prayers to the Strawbridge family. I also remember those days at Silverbrook church with Barry and Jimmy .

  • Our prayers are with the entire Strawbridge and white family. So hard to lose Jimmy. It was way too soon. Jimmy was one of the good guys. He will be missed by anyone that he touched. We love you guys.

    Mike and Laurie Cannon

  • That had to be 1 of the most beautiful services I’ve ever heard. You could see, hear & feel the love. My heart goes out to Nancy, Jamie, kelly & Christy. I live you all very much & wish I could wrap my arms around each & every yone of

  • You. Jamie, I know you talk to the angels. Now that your dad is one, you can talk to him. Kelly & Christy, the Lord has made you both so strong. Nancy, for as long as I’ve known you, you’ve had so much love in your heart. Please be assured you will alwayalways have my love & prayers. I know you are strong & will never give up. I’m very proud to be part of your family- I lobe you all &so does our Lord. Never forget that.we ❤

  • Nancy & Girls
    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nancy & Girls:
    Words cannot express the sorrow we fell for your loss, please know that you are all in our thought’s and prayers.

  • The Strawbridge Family,
    So sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Keeping your family in prayer.
    The Miller family.