John R. Singer, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John R. Singer, Jr.

May 2, 1953 - August 26, 2019

John R. Singer, Jr., 66, of New Castle, Delaware passed away peacefully on August 26, 2019.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 2, 1953, John was the son of the late John R. and B. Eleanor (Walker) Singer, Sr.  He graduated from William Penn High School (Class of 1971), Glassboro State College, and Wilmington University. He worked for Lyons Studios as a photographer for eighteen years and was a technology and STEM teacher in the Brandywine School District at Hanby Middle and P.S. DuPont for 24 years.

John influenced the lives of many of his students and colleagues with his involvement and dedication to the Technology Student Association, Delaware Aerospace Academy, and International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. He was also a volunteer fireman for Wilmington Manor Fire Company for over twenty years and a participant in the LifeSaver Rewards Program with the Blood Bank of Delmarva.  John enjoyed drinking craft beer, golfing, visiting The Villages, and was a Philadelphia sports enthusiast and a true “foodie”.

John was a loving and devoted husband for forty years and is survived by his wife, Robin Cooper Singer; his children, Whitney Singer and Amanda Stark (Martin); granddaughters, Peyton and Ella; and many other relatives and close friends that he considered family.  

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory can be made to American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.


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39 Condolences for John R. Singer, Jr.

  • My heart breaks for your family, Robin. I didn’t know John but know you, Debbie & Whitney & can’t imagine your grief. Please know that a lot of people are keeping you close in their thoughts & prayers.

  • So sorry to hear, John has left us,way too soon. We have all losted a great and giving soul. God bless him, and his family.

  • John Singer was one of the people that pushed me to pursue aerospace engineering as a major. He would tell me all these stories of the places he had visited and show off his piece of the space shuttle he had acquired. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having him as my teacher. Thank you for all you have done for me and for others.

  • Deepest sympathy to your family. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Rest in peace and satisfaction. You fought a hard battle and now you have the promised land. May your family always know you will watch over them. You John, will be missed.

  • He was a sweet man and always smiling. He was an asset to our high school and will be missed by many.

  • R.i.p Mr Singer. You were my favorite teacher at Hanby.

  • Robin, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Prayers to you and your family. Rest In Peace John

  • RPI Mr. Singer. You have touched many lives and your leadership in STEM and TSA have been instrumental in helping students in gaining interest in technology. Last time I saw you was at Ms. Winnie’s funeral service. Thank you for the opportunities you offered me to be a judge at TSA events. I will miss you.

  • A really good guy who will be missed. He’s traveled on to the next phase, and I’m sure we will meet again someday…

  • You will be greatly missed, my friend! May your beautiful memory be eternal!
    To John’s wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, colleagues, and friends, I am so sorry for your loss, for our loss. John is loved, respected, and will sure be missed by anyone who ever met him.
    May John Rest In Peace!

    Odeese Ghassa-Khalil

  • With deepest sympathy and heart felt condolences to the family of John Singer. My friend and colleague.

  • John was a friend and mentor to many of us in STEM Education. When I was a new teacher, John would encouraged me and push me to try new things to support kids. He was the constant advocate for every student and I am a better person because of his life.

    Fly on John.

  • I was always proud of John. It was not often I got to see him. My condolences to Robin. Sad news.

  • My prayers to you and your family, Robin, John was a great man and a great friend. He will be missed.

  • Sorry for your lost are heart’s are with your firefighter family.

  • I remember John visiting us in the UK as one of a party of US teachers taking a summer school in England in 1997. A very enthusiastic teacher who contributed to the success of this venture sponsored by The Technology Foundation of America. Please pass on our condolences to John’s family and friends.

  • Although I did not have the opportunity to get to know John, our MIT Alumni Club was so very pleased to be able to support him as a teacher and give him the opportunity to attend an MIT summer program for teachers. He was very dedicated to his students. I know he will be greatly missed by many and so very much by his family. Our sincere condolences.
    Lucie Wilkens, President
    MIT Club of the Delaware Valley

  • Our condolences to John’s wife Robin and family. We will all miss him . Radiology Care Unit team of Christiana Hospital.

  • We were so saddened to learn of John’s passing. What a great man he was!!! As a teacher of technology, he was a legend and was often sought after for his advice. He influenced countless lives as a teacher. He will be sorely missed by his wonderful family, and our prayers go out to them. We are with you all in spirit.

  • Kathy Talbert Greear Class of 72, deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear John. He touched many lives.

  • My sympathy to you and your family Robin. Wishing you God’s peace. Sandy

  • John had a huge heart for his students. I saw this every year he brought them to Hagley during Invention Convention. While I was the Volunteer Manager there, he wanted the students to have volunteer experience and gave them opportunities to grow. So sorry for your loss. He was a good man. He was fun to work with and he would have something to make me chuckle. Thinking of you during this hard time.

  • Our Thoughts and Prayers for your loss Rest in Peace John

  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were both work colleagues of John and remember his dedication and great sense of humor.
    God’s blessings and comfort to Robin and his loved ones through this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your loss. We grew up with Johnny in Wilmington Manor Gardens. It seems he led a truly impactful life and will be missed by a lot of people. He was kind enough to attend our Mom’s viewing in 2014 and it was good to reconnect with him through Facebook. Cherish your memories.

  • Robin, So very sorry. John was the brains and energy that kept the photo services at Lyons running so well for so many years. He kept us going when the rest of the place was falling apart! Carol and I are out of town and will miss the services but will be thinking of you and your family.

  • My thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP John. He will be greatly missed by many.

  • Mr. Singer will be deeply missed by my family. He was a wonderful teacher and TSA advisor. He remembered his former students and never forgot to ask me how my daughter is doing. His personal touch towards his students is remarkable.

  • With deepest sympathy and condolences to the Singer family. I enjoyed working with John at P.S. Middle School. R.I.P. John

  • May peace and comfort bless John’s family and friends. John was an outstanding person and amazing technology and engineering educator. We will all miss him dearly.

  • I am so Saddened to have lost a good friend, wonderful teacher and great man. His generosity knew no bounds, and his smile and sense of humor was infectious. He was always thinking of how can he help and “let me take care of you”. A true gentleman and example for others to follow. I WILL SO miss talking about the birds, dising Dallas, and enjoying a pint together. A huge Hug to you Robin, Whitney, Amanda, Martin and the family.

  • John was such a good man in all aspects of his life. He will be remembered with love and great respect.

  • John was one of the best Tech Ed teachers in Delaware. He not only made his students better, but he pushed us fellow Tech Ed teachers to do the best job possible. I will miss his encouragement and advice. I thank God for John and the memories he left behind.

  • Sending my deepest condolences to John’s family. he and I worked briefly together at PS. He was kind and friendly to staff and students.

  • Robin and the girls, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Keep all the memories close. Know you are in my heart and on my mind.

  • Robin we were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Deb and my memories of happier times with you two back in the early ‘80s still brings smiles to our faces.
    It was great to see that John seemed to have found his true calling as a teacher and a source of inspiration for so many young people. The manner that he touched so many lives is awesome! Their future is one of his many legacies.
    I’d like to share a personal story about John in my early days at Lyons. When I was new there, I felt kind of lost in a place with so many talented individuals. It didn’t make it any easier that my shyness may have seemed like arrogance to some. John was one of the first to reach out to me as a friend and that was a breakthrough that I’ll always be grateful for.

  • Robin, I was sadden to hear about John’s passing. My sincere sympathy and prayers to you and your girls.
    I hope that all of the happy and wonderful memories you all have for John will help you through the coming


  • Mr. Singer was one of the most accommodating teachers I have ever had. I had him in seventh grade for technical education as a wheelchair-bound student. I never felt alienated in his class. I never felt inferior to the other students. He always encouraged me to do my best, and that was good enough for him. He always made sure that I was involved in the class and that I understood things. I never felt scared or intimidated by any tools or machines. He always made me feel safe.