William Patrick Reardon, 70, of Lewes passed away peacefully Friday, February 8, 2013 at his home surrounded by his children. He was the the son of the late Judge Francis Reardon and Mildred (Moore) Reardon of Wilmington.
Mr. Reardon is a 1961 graduate of Salesianum School in Wilmington, where he played varsity basketball.
He was an avid sailor and 60-year member of the Lewes Yacht Club. In December, Mr. Reardon was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for his lifelong work and commitment to the Lewes Yacht Club.
He served as commodore of the club in 1978 and 1979 and returned as commodore in 1981, holding that position through 1983. He also served on the board of directors. During Mr. Reardonís tenure, the club went through a period of revitalization, which included building the swimming pool, improving the marina, and instituting a youth sailing program. In 1982, Mr. Reardon chaired a committee established by Governor Pete du Pont to host a celebration at the Lewes Yacht Club for the 35 tall ships sailing up the Delaware River to commemorate the 300th anniversary of William Penn's arrival at Philadelphia.
Mr. Reardon spent his summers as a boy on Lewes beach. He and his wife, Mig, moved to Lewes from Wilmington in the early 1970's to raise their family, and he started White Glove Clean Janitorial Service, which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.
Mr. Reardon shared his love of the water and sailing with his family and friends both young and old. He spent many a sunset on his 41-foot Morgan sailboat following pods of dolphin off Cape Henlopen. He enjoyed teaching his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and countless other beach friends about the tides and currents of the Delaware Bay. In the last summers of his life, he especially enjoyed watching his family and friends cut through the salty waves on his 15-foot Marshall catboat.
A generous and loving soul, he wanted to make sure that his children and grandchildren loved Lewes as much as he did. To ensure his grandchildren could chase dolphin up and down the coast after he was gone, in his final days, he bought them a new Boston Whaler.
Mr. Reardon was known for helping marooned sailors in need. On several occasions, he offered a hot shower and warm bed in his beach cottage to stranded mariners, who had hit rough weather off the Delaware coast.
Mr. Reardon was also an accomplished woodworker. He was as equally generous with his time as he was with his tools, helping seasoned woodworkers with projects and teaching novices basic carpentry skills at his shop on Chestnut St. in Lewes.
His gruff and salty exterior were legendary in the Lewes community. But those lucky enough to know him, understood it was a facade covering a warm and generous heart. He was beloved by many, and his generosity and honest nature will be missed. Lewes beach has lost one of its greatest treasures.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marguerite M. (Mig) Reardon in 2002 and his three brothers, Francis D., Alfred P., and Dennis A. Reardon. He is survived by his son William P. Reardon Jr. and his wife Sherri of Millsboro; daughters Elizabeth Gellene and her husband Matthew of Needham, Mass.; Marguerite Reardon Gaines and her husband Mark of New York, NY; Amy Gliptis and her husband Justin of Silver Spring, Md.; five grandchildren, John, Rosemary, Peter and David Gellene and Katherine Gliptis; two sisters Mary Delp and her husband Dr. Richard Delp of Lewes; Margaret Fox of Wilmington; and his brother Lawrence Reardon and wife Peggy of Wilmington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 18, at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Committal will follow at St. Peters Cemetery, Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE. A visitation will be held from 6-8 P.M.,Sunday, February 17 at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware.
Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Mr. Reardon's memory may be made to the Mig Reardon Scholarship Fund; c/o Wilmington University; 320 N. DuPont Highway; New Castle, DE 19720.
Please sign the online guestbook at this site.
Born: September 17, 1942
Place of Birth: Wilmington, DE
Death: February 8, 2013
Place of Death: Lewes, DE
Memorial donations may be made to:
The Mig Reardon Scholarship Fund, c/o Wilmington University, 520 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720
This memorial provided by:
Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium