Peter Tyrrell - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Peter Tyrrell

July 21, 1946 - September 17, 2019

          Peter Tyrrell, age 73, of New Castle, DE, passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on July 21, 1946, he was a son of the late Frank A. and Rose C. (Keenan) Tyrrell.  Peter graduated from St. Peters High School in New Castle, DE.  He went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England during the Vietnam War then continued his service for the Delaware Army National Guard.  Peter dedicated his career as a security guard for Wilmington Trust Company and retired after 26 years.

          A friend to the community, Peter was a life-time member of the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company and the Wilmington Manor Lion’s Club.  He held many titles throughout his life including, Past Master of Jackson Lodge #19 A.F. & A.M. in Delaware City and Past Master of High Noon Lodge #38 A.F. & A.M in Newport, Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Delaware, Past Commander of St. John’s Commandery No 1 Knights Templar and Grand Junior Warden of the Grand Commandery of Knight Templar of Delaware.  Peter was a member of the Scottish Rite of Delaware and was a 32nd Degree Mason.  He held many titles as a mason: Grand Master of the 3rd Veil for the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Delaware, Right Imminent Deputy Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Delaware and was a recipient of the Meritorius Service Award for his dedication.  Peter was a member of the Nur Shrine and served as Degree Team Captain of Shield and Square Club of Delaware.

          In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary K. (Davis) Tyrrell; and sisters, Patricia Maxwell and Kathleen Smallwood.  Peter is survived by his daughter, Tara Mathena (Dino); granddaughter, Natalie Mathena; siblings, Charles Tyrrell, Daniel Tyrrell, Michael Tyrrell, Andrew Tyrrell, Lois Truitt and James Tyrrell; and many nieces and nephews.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, with a Masonic Service beginning at 6:45 pm.  A committal service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in the chapel at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peter’s memory to the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 645, New Castle, DE 19720.


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  • Dear Tara & Dino i was saddened to read about your Dads passing, remembering him from our days at W T C he was always so welcoming n pleasant. May God give u peace in this sad time. Sincerely, Dottie Ashley

  • Prayers are with the family during this sad and difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Blessings.

  • Pete was the one of the best men I have ever known. He was the example of a true Mason, Patriot, and friend. He is now and will forever be missed.

  • Tara and Family,

    I was very sorry to hear of your dads passing. May God continue to strengthen and keep you during this difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • It is with deep sadness to know this man has left us. But his memory and stories will live on. I could remember lots about Mr. Pete.
    I will aways pray and keep you in my thought and prayers brother. I was grateful that you sign my petition. Love you brother R.I.P

  • My condolences to Pete’s family, I worked with Pete at Wilmington Trust for a number of years, sad to hear of his passing. Great guy to work with.

  • Met Pete at NUR Bingo on Tuesday nights always pleasant friendly caring man was my pleasure to have known him thoughts and prayers to his family R.I.P. my friend🙏🙏🙏

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Pete
    Growing up he was a mentor /a friend / and the funny uncle in the firehouse he would always make sure we were good and give me and my sister a poke or a tug on the ear.
    He was I am sure I can speak for my Poppop Kenneth(Kenny) Lindsay he was his best friend.He and my Poppop were always at the Breakfast club early mornings at station 28 and prayers are with the family and friends during this time of sorrow and mourning.Blessings

  • Tara, Dino and Natalie,

    So sorry for your loss. My wife and I could not attend viewing today because I had MOHS surgery on my nose this morning and I am very sore with a black eye. Pete was a wonderful friend and will be missed by all.

    Love and Prayers,
    George Johnson, Past Commander, Nur LOH and wife Janet

  • It was with great sadness that we learned of Pete’s passing. Our condolences to the family. Betty and I worked with Pete at Wilmington Trust Co. for many years! Pete was an asset to the company and a great friend and co-worker.

  • I am astonished. I just found out of Peters Passing. Devastating I tell you. I know we haven’t spoken for years, But time has gone by and I still loved him for who he was and I love him now. All things aside.

    He was a mentor and an excellent man of service. You couldn’t ask for anything more.

    He was always volunteering his time and making a mark on everyone he met and on every thing he touched.

    With Love,

    Jonathan and Wanda Shapiro
    Brother in law