William J. McBride - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

William J. McBride

September 18, 1938 - April 30, 2018

William J. McBride, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away at his residence on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on September 18, 1938, he was a son of the late Richard F. and Kathryn E. (King) McBride.  William proudly served in the U.S. Marines from 1955 “ 1959.  Following his service he dedicated his career as a chemical operator with Allied Chemical, retiring after 35 years.

William loved spending time with his family and family gatherings.  He enjoyed fishing in his leisure time.  He was always dedicated to his career and was a workaholic.  Above all, he will be remembered as a loving father, brother and dear friend to many.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris Swope, Mary McBride, Helen Roberts and Margaret Barker; and brother, Richard McBride.  He is survived by his children, William J. McBride, Jr. (Diane) of Bear, DE, John D. McBride (Leslie) of Millsboro, DE and Christine M. Groff (Tom) of Clayton, DE; companion, Zelda Thomas of Newark and her son, Jay (Sarah); six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 1021 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE, 19806.


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16 Condolences for William J. McBride

  • Bill and Diane
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a very nice man and a good father, grandfather and great grandfather.

  • We will always love you Grandpop!

    Love Always,
    Steve, Christina, Ashlyn, Reagan and Carter

  • McBride Family: Prayers from my family to yours. I love the fact that you are such a loving and close knit family. You are so lucky to have each other- especially now. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So saddened to hear about Bill’s passing. He was such a lovely man. Deepest Regards, Mary Jane and Jim Papas

  • Bill ,Diane and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We know this is a very hard time for your family and you Bill. You guys are in our prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God bless you all at this sad time.

  • To my nephew’s Billy, Richard and Steven I am so sorry I know your hearts feel pain. My deepest condolences to each of you. Hugs, love and kisses for all of you. Your grandfather was a loving family man and adored each of you. Rest peacefully Mr. McBride.

  • Hello Diane,

    Again, sorry to hear about your father-in-law. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Bill and Diane,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father/father in law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ❤️

  • So sorry to hear of your loss.Our prayers are with you and your family.
    God bless you all.

  • My heart goes out to both of you.Losing a parent is an inevitable but heartbreaking part of life. Know that I am praying that sweet memories and smiles of a lifetime spent together will bring you solace.

  • We’re sorry to hear of your loss. Our Thoughts & Prayers are with you during this troubling time.

  • So saddened to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. He was a good man with a thoughtful heart. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Bill, Diane and Family, We are so saddened by the loss of your Dad. Sending love, faith prayers and hugs your way.

  • Diane and family
    I’m sorry to hear about the death of your loved one. You are in our my prayers.

  • I am sorry for your loss. I am hoping that the affection of friends and your precious memories help sustain you at this difficult time.