William “Bill” Saxton
December 18, 1943 - January 4, 2021
William “Bill” Saxton, 77, of Rivesville, WV and formerly of Newark, DE, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, surrounded by family after losing a 2-year battle with cancer.
Bill was born on December 18, 1943 in Elkton, MD to Elmer and Agnes (Eder) Saxton. Bill was a classic baby boomer and first child of a career Army officer, which took him to many places and instilled in him a sense of adventure. During his early teen years, he lived in Germany, where he developed a lifelong interest in renaissance experiences. At this time, Bill also quietly adopted a knight in shining armor as a personal avatar; this influenced the way he’d helped the many people in his life.
He graduated from Newark High School in 1962 and the University of Delaware in 1969, where he was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Bill made a career through his love of teaching science and inspiring children through the use of technology and creative thinking. He retired from the Colonial School District as a school teacher in 1999. One of Bill’s pastimes was his captivating mastery of slight-of-hand tricks designed to break the ice or to be used as a conversation starter with those he met. He was a voracious reader of science fiction and had a love for Star Wars, Dr. Who and all other types of space and time travel content. Bill was a devoted father and very proud grandfather.
After enjoying several years of quiet retirement, Bill started the next chapter of his life in West Virginia where he was loved by many kind friends, especially Shirley Shaffer and her family. Whatever he did, it was certain to include humor, imagination and surprises which will be most fondly remembered.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Paula E. (Tobin) in 1989. He is survived by his two children, William and Agnes; two grandchildren, Amber and Emma; a great-grandson, Peter; brother, David; loving sister, Clara; and many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held privately.