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William M. “Bill” Davis

April 7, 1959 - December 22, 2021

William M. “Bill” Davis, age 62, of Bear, DE, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on April 7, 1959, he was a son of Janet (Harker) and the late Alfred A. Davis. Bill retired from UPS after 30 years of dedicated service.

He was very active and adventurous in life. Bill enjoyed riding his Harley, bicycling with friends, and playing the slot machines. A passion for cycling, he continued to work at Bikeline in Middletown after his retirement.

In addition to his father, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Davis. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Joanne (Poole) Davis; sons, Jeffrey A. Davis (Carly) and Timothy J. Davis (Tina); granddaughter, Katelynn; mother, Janet Davis; siblings, Kathy Anthony (Carl), Richard A. Davis, Linda Donovan, and Patricia Clifton (Karl); and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 pm until 6 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 6 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the services for Bill can live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Bill’s love of dogs to Fur-Ever Paws Dog Rescue, 9 Deasy Drive, Newark, DE 19702 or by clicking here.

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  • I wish to extend my condolences Bill’s family and wife Joanne. The cycling community is both shocked and saddened by Bill‘s passing. Rode a lot great rides with Bill and he will surely be missed by all who knew him.Ride on my brother until we all meet up again for the ride on the other side.May the Lord be with you and your family at this difficult time. 🙏🏻

  • I’m truly sorry to lose my friend Bill. We didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things but as a training partner and coach he taught me many things. My last words to him were about getting vaccinated to protect himself and his family. Maybe that wouldn’t have mattered but if you knew Bill at all he had strong opinions and lived life HIS way. The day I heard the sad news I went for a ride on the mountain bike he sold me and tried to teach me how to ride properly. I wasn’t the best student. I spent every minute of those cold, windy 40 miles thinking about the fun we had together. I will never forget that. Thanks, Jim

  • I just can’t believe that Bill will not be leading us this summer on his blue Harley through the scenic roads in Delaware. He knew all the best roads, and always had a smile on his face. It’s just not going to be the same without him. I only knew him a couple years, but I’ll always remember when we went to Sturgis, he was always looking out for the other guys. I’ll remember him as selfless, either leading our group, or in the very back to make sure we all made it. He always had a story and a smile. I’m really going to miss him.

  • I am truly saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. It hardly seems possible that this man so full of life should leave us so young. I wish to convey my deepest condolences to Bill’s wife and family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great person. He was always a pleasure to talk to. His bon fire skills will be missed. He could really build a blazing fire. You will be in my prayers.

  • I remember riding bikes with Bill and the guys and how incredibly encouraging he was to me as a new cyclist….and wow, he was strong on the bike. He was always quick with a big smile and a funny story or comment that made those miles go by quickly. I hadn’t seen him in years since my time at the YMCA, and hearing of his passing truly makes me sad. My deepest condolences to Bill’s wife, family and friends.

  • We only knew him for a short time and knew he was a good man. Our prayers go out to the Davis family.

  • My deepest condolences to the Davis family in this time of grief. I remember the friendliness and camaraderie Bill had with other cyclist.

  • Deepest sympathy to Bill’s family for your loss. He was a great guy and cyclist and will be missed.

  • My sincerest condolences to all of Bill’s family during this difficult time.

  • I will greatly miss my little brother Bill. I can still hear him telling me “peddle faster” or “run faster,” “You need a faster motor.” I will miss his gentle, passionate, and stubborn soul. I was lucky enough to have him for a brother and to share the bonds that are only between a sister and brother. Bill led a remarkable life and was an inspiration to me.
    I can’t imagine how painful this loss is for his wife – Joanne and sons – Jeff and Tim. I know there are no words that will provide the comfort you need right now. My deepest sympathies.
    To Bill: Gone are the days we used to share, but in my heart you are always there.
    The gates of memories will never close: I miss you more than anybody knows. Love and miss you everyday till we meet again. Always and Forever.
    Love you brother,
    Linda

  • Sorry to hear this, he was a good guy.

  • I’m sorry I was not able to be there in person due to illness but I attended virtually. It was a beautiful service and Elvis’s “I Did It My Way” was a perfect tribute for Bill. Joanne and family, you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to all of you.

  • Our sympathies to Bill’s Family. His mother, Janet, is one of our organists at The First Presbyterian Church of Delaware City. We are thinking of all of the Davis Family.