William J. "Bud" Shoemaker - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

William J. “Bud” Shoemaker

August 17, 1955 - March 25, 2018

William Joseph Bud Shoemaker, III, age 62, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on August 17, 1955, he was a son of Helen (Sill) Jackson and the late William J. Shoemaker, Jr.  Bud proudly graduated from DeLaWarr High School and was employed by various body shops, then for Reliable Paper, and retired from DELDOT.

Bud was an avid sports fan and also loved to joke.  He will be remembered as a loving and devoted son, father, brother, grandfather and dear friend to many.

He is survived by his mother, Helen (Sill) Jackson and stepfather, Edward Jackson of Newark; sons,Tony Reilly and his wife, Diana, Matthew Reilly and his wife, Jodie, both of New Castle; brother, Richard Shoemaker of Wilmington; grandchildren, Mason, Dylan, Blake and Kendall Boo Reilly; former wife and friend, Martha Shoemaker; and many relatives from the Sill, Shoemaker and Pribish families.

Family and friends may gather from 3:30 pm until 5 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a celebration of life will begin at 5 pm. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bud’s name to Orthopedic or Cardiac Departments of the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, The Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, Shands House,


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37 Condolences for William J. “Bud” Shoemaker

  • To Bud’s Family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss. Bud was a great man and friend. I just talked to him a couple of weeks ago didn’t know he was that bad. I’ll miss my phone calls from him. We had great time teasing each other about Philadelphia sports. Rest In Peace My Good Friend. I’ll Miss You.

    Your Good Friend,

    Joe Schafferman

  • Bud, you will be missed & not forgotten and we will always remember your kidding personality – Ann will always remember the joy of baby setting you.

  • I’m really sorry to hear of Buds passing. He was a good guy. I won’t be able to attend, Again I’m sorry and my condolences to everyone.

  • I am so Sorry for the Shoemaker family loss.
    Your Hearts feel the loss, but the memories will soon fill your Heart to remind everyone of the joy and good times with BUD because Lord know I have memories hanging around my friend. I enjoyed his company and good humor.
    God Bless.

  • To all of Bud’s family and friends, our deepest sympathy. We are praying for God’s peace and comfort for each of you. Charlie and Erika Arnold, friends of Helen and Ed

  • I remember Bill from DeLawarr, he was a good guy,,, RIP !!!

  • RIP. It’s been a long hard road

  • I am so thankful for having Bud in my life as husband, father and a great friend. He was a wonderful story teller & jokester. You could always count on a good time with him being there with you. He will be greatly missed.

    Rest in peace my friend!

  • Martha,
    I am very sorry to hear that Bud passed away. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My heart is heavy and I am so sorry for the loss of the Shoemaker family.

    I met Bud when I started working for Reliable, 28 years ago. Work there ended but we remained friends.

    He could make anyone laugh, at any time. He was a great friend and I enjoyed his company so much! He called me ‘Guppy’, because I was not going to fill the “Mermaid’s” shoes!

    For the last two years, I kept saying I got to get over to New Castle to see my old friend, regretfully, I did not.

    My prayers are with Martha, Matt, Tony and Jodie, as well as the rest of his family, friends, and people who’s lives were touched by him.

    Rest in peace, my friend 🙁

    Lynn Link (Guppy)

  • Pop,
    Words can’t express the depths of which you are already missed. On the outside you were known to be the center of all good times. But on the inside a genuine, compassionate, and kindhearted man prevailed. Thank you for taking a chance in life and choosing to be our father. Until we meet again may you Rest In Peace and comfort with our Lord
    Love always

  • Bud was a great man and I was sorry to hear of his passing. I have many great memories hanging out with Bud and sharing sports stories and talking about life while we all would hang out together in New Castle. RIP Bud as i know you are in a better place watching over all of us!

  • R.I.P. MY friend

  • So sorry to hear this news. You were one of my best friends growing up. We spent hours playing sports and just having fun. Life separated us for years. Thankfully we reconnected a couple years ago. May you rest in peace my friend.

  • My Condolences to Bud’s family. I’ve known Bud since the 4th grade and remained friends with him during our teenager years…he was the most funniest & sweetest guy ever.I will truly miss him. I had a friend Judy Cooper Gibbons who seen Bud and told Bud I would love to see him and he said he would like to see me to but unfortunately God called him home.I will cherish all our memories forever until I see you again Rest Easy Now by dear friend… you will be missed by so many people…I for one love you Bud 🙁 <3

  • So sorry for the families loss. R.I.P. Bud

  • So sorry for the families loss. R.I.P. Bud

  • I always was and will always be proud to be your little brother. Like any brothers we disagreed, cussed and fought but we were always there for each other. The fun memories I have of us hanging together throughout our lives will bring joy to me the rest of my life. Luv ya Straw

  • Thank you Erika and Charlie

  • Gordon, I am glad you heard about Bud. He has been telling me about talking to you. He really enjoyed it.

    Helen (Shoemaker) Jackson

  • Bud was a loved brother-in-law and a life time friend. He will always be missed but never forgotten. We pray for comfort & strength for all who loved him.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very sad and difficult time. I will always remember Bud with a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and always laughing. He was such a good guy. He will definitely be missed. Love you Bud Shoemaker. RIP

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Bud’s family. Working with Bud at DelDOT was always an adventure and I will remember the many laughs and stories we shared together.

  • Helen, it was special to me to get back in contact with Bud too. Life had a way of moving me around the country but I never forgot all the good times Bud and I had together. I am distraught over the news and not being able to be there a I am taking care of my Mother with Alzheimer’s here in Florida. Just know that Bud will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • Condolences to Buds family. Bud was just a all round nice guy. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Rick, Our condolences to you and your family. I remember Bud was a trip. It sounds like he always was and that he will be missed. We enjoyed hanging out with you guys back in the 80’s. We are sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely, Jay and Peggy Winslow

  • I am so thankful for having you as a member of our family. You will always be part of us.

    Love Mom

  • To my firstborn, you brought rain in my life always followed by sunshine.
    You had smiles for everyone and you were very generous, if you had $5 and your friend needed $10 you would borrow the difference and give it to him.
    I will miss our Sunday calls.
    Love Mom

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending you and Ed many thoughts of love and peace.

  • Donna & Steve,

    Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


  • Martha, Hi, Sorry to hear about Bud. I really liked him. I remember when he and Buddy use to hang around together. Don’t know if you know, it wasn’t in the paper but Buddy died Jan 29 2017 in Fl. Just thought I’d let you know.

  • Pyle,

    You are missed more than any words can describe. I cannot thank you enough for opening your arms and your heart to care for me more as a daughter then just a daughter-in-law.

    You were an amazing father to your two boys and fantastic grandfather. The special bond you created with Blake and Kendall could never be replaced. Watching and talking about sports with Blake, betting donuts on the games. Sneaking snacks to Kendall and letting her get away with anything and everything.

    Thank you for being such a big part of my life! I will miss most all the nights on the “Lane” or in the “Garden” laughing and joking, making up nicknames for everyone and then taking the “tour” before calling it a night.

    During this difficult time someone said it best “Bud was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back, even when he didn’t have a shirt to give”.

    Rest easy Pyle.

    (Jodie Wales)

  • Martha and Family:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our hearts are with you guys at this time.

    Love, Rosemarie and Harry Witt

  • Jodie, all I can say is Thank You for being there for Bud

    G Mom

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending a big hug and lots of love.

  • I’ve know billy since 8 th grade at that time he was a big fan of the KC Chiefs and also of the 76ers Wali Jones and I remember back then he would write Jones on the back of his white converse sneakers and when playing basketball emulate the way Wali kicked his feet out when shooting the ball ! After 9th grade we both moved on he finishing at DelaWarr me I went to delcastle ! Lost contact over the years but cherish the time that I knew him ! My deepest condolences to his mother brother Rick and the entire shoemaker / Jackson families ! May Buddy Rip and I’ll see you again one day !

  • John I’m glad you were at Bud’s service it was nice to see you.

    Helen Jackson