William E. Thorp, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

William E. Thorp, Jr.

Born January 8, 1949

William E. Thorp, Jr., age 68, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2017.

A native Delawarean, Billy was born in Wilmington on January 8, 1949, and was a son of William E. and Dorothy (Jordan) Thorp. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. An exceptional craftsman, Billy loved working with his hands and made his career as a general contractor. He was known for his strong work ethic and ability to repair or build anything.

An avid outdoorsman, Billy was a passionate hunter and enjoyed fishing. He adored spending time with his family and friends and was happiest in their company. Billy will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, William and Dorothy Thorp of Newark; children, Karla Coleman (Robert) of Newark and Kimberly Pedrick (Mark) of Brooklawn, NJ; fiancée, Patricia Cavanaugh of Milford; brother, Eric Thorp (Jayne Bower) of North East, MD; Dolly Gustafson (Paul) of Claymont, Joan Roberts (Douglas) of Pompano Beach, FL and Gail Rubin of Fort Lake, FL; grandchildren, Hayley, Kylie and Robert Coleman III and Christopher Pedrick.

Services and interment will be held privately.


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18 Condolences for William E. Thorp, Jr.

  • I love you! I am going to miss you Brat

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Karla & Robert and family
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers so sorry for your loss

  • So sorry for your loss. Sending your family warm thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss Karla & family please let me know if there is anything We can do to be of any help. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers xoxo.

  • So sorry for the loss of your father.

  • Sorry for the loss of your dad.

  • Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Karla and Family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Eric and Family. I am so sorry for you loss thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  • My sincerest condolences to William Jr’s parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and his fiancee, my sister.

    Adding to General Douglas MacArthur’s famous words: “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” But their spirits live on forever.

    See you again sometime, Hoppy.

  • Dear Eric, and Family
    My condolences on your loss. Just know that God only takes the best and I am sure you will meet again. He remains alive as long as you can share all the wonderful memories that he was a part of.
    Another Guardian Angel watching over all of you.

  • Eric: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you and if there is anything you need please reach out.

  • Eric,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do for you please don’t hesitate to call Jay and I.

  • Eric:
    My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Eric,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Another Angel is born.

  • I wish to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family during your time of loss. I pray that you find comfort in your cherished memories, and from the “God of all comfort” who gives support during such difficult times. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • So sorry for your lose. I was a friend of the family years ago. But loss touch. Prayers.