William C. Bartz, Jr. “Billy”, 30 of Newark passed away suddenly on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Billy was born in Newark, the son of Dawn (Spencer) and William C. Bartz, Sr. He was a 2006 graduate of A.I. DuPont High School and the University of Delaware in 2011. He worked as a domain name server technician, but his passion was his family especially his new niece, Finley. Billy was a singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Robot House. He was a Beatles aficionado and enjoyed playing their music. Billy was a history major in college and never lost his love for learning. He had a fun fact about any subject and was always excited to share.
Billy is survived by his parents, Dawn and William Bartz, Sr. of Newark; his sister and brother-in-law, Lindsay and Dalton Cahill and their daughter, Finley; his longtime girlfriend, Isabel Sorrentino of Huntington, NY; his maternal grandparents, Marlene and Dan Carr of Wilmington; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Bartz of Key Largo, FL; his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Billy struggled with addiction for many years. After one of his most recent stays in a rehabilitation center he wrote this letter. Our hope is that sharing this with others may help family members understand the true struggles of addiction.
You have ruined my life and caused me to destroy my own values and hurt those I love. You took away my control and have ruined my chances of being much more successful than I currently am. You take my money and time and force me to lie about my actions. I am a loving person but you make me less so. You take away friends and my music, you make me so sick I pray for death. I have gotten away from you before but you lured me back when you pushed all of the bad times to the back of my mind. This time I will not forget the shaking and sweating and puking. I will have more support this time and medical help with vivitrol. I will slowly gain things back the longer I stay away from you. If I return to you again, please kill me quickly. I don’t want to be a burden to any of my loved ones anymore. It is not worth it. I will regain a life worth living without you. To be with you again is a fate as bad as death. I am sure I will miss you from time to time but that is insane. This is the paradox of your effect on me. See you in hell, heroin.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2509 Limestone Road at 2 PM, where friends may visit after 12 Noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to atTAck Addiction, PO Box 36, Bear, DE 19701 or Limen House, 600 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Condolences may be made at MealeyFuneralHomes.com