William C. Bartz, Jr. "Billy"

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.

Dear Heroin,
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.
Billy Bartz

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


Submitted by Diana M Francisco on
Bill Dawn and Lindsey my deepest condolences for your family as you struggle through your loss. Remember that he no longer struggles with his addiction and he is at peace. I love all of you and even though I did not know Billy as well as I should have I know he loved all of you and he tried his hardest.

Submitted by Linda Hardy on
Dawn Bill and family. I am so glad you chose to share this letter that Billy wrote about his addiction. So many people don't understand what this is like for them and that they want more than anything to be free of their addiction as much or more then they many loved ones who are scared and hurting for them and who are powerless to make it stop.

Submitted by Debby McKosky on
Dear Dawn and family, May your wonderful memories of Billy carry you through this traumatic time. My prayers are with you.

Submitted by Angela Cruz on
Billy was always one of the cool kids. Someone that made you laugh effortlessly. Kind, smart and funny is how I will always remember him! We met in middle school and graduated together with tiger pride in AI High school! You'll be missed and never forgotten!

Submitted by Katie Vollmer on
Billy was one of my German partners for 2 semesters at UD. His energy and passion for learning and getting to know other people was obvious from the moment I met him. I am devastated to know that the world has lost this bright light, but I hope he has found peace at last. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Submitted by Diane & Bianca ... on
We are so sorry for your loss!! It's truly sad and my heart goes out to you all!! You are in my heart and prayers and Billy's letter I hope helps someone else in life to get clean! It's a horrible disease and hard to overcome! I have been so sad since I heard the news and I am having a hard time knowing what even too say! Billy is in a better place and not struggling anymore he is happy, singing, joking, living life to the fullest and with his family in heaven now. You will all reunite again someday! May God Bless you and your family in your time of sorrow. Love you guys always. Diane Spencer

Submitted by Lisa Plummer on
Dear Family, I am so very sorry for your loss and our loss as a community. He sounds like he was a talented, loving, and precious young man. I honor your son's honesty in this letter you bravely shared. Help is just a phone call away. 833-886-2277 With sympathy, Lisa

Submitted by JoAnne C. DeNisio on
Dear Dawn and Family, We are deeply sorry for the loss of you dear son, Billy. He is safe now and resting peacefully in Paradise. His love for you can be seen in the brightest star shinning high in the sky every night. Prayers of strength coming your way. The DeNisio Family

Submitted by Carol Armen on
I can’t express my sorrow for your family enough. But what a beautiful tribute to Billy. Your love for him is shining through every word. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

Submitted by Jack & Sharon Cawman on
Dawn, Bill and Lindsay, we cannot begin to express how terribly sorry we are for your loss. Losing a child is the ultimate sorrow for a parent. You did all you could and he knew that. He is at peace now and he knew and understood the horrible struggle that claimed him in the end. Remember the good times and always keep him in your heart. Sincerely, Jack & Sharon

Submitted by Maria Catalina on
Dawn and Bill ~ I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you are going thru. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Submitted by Sharon on
I do not know Billy or his family...but I thank u for sharing his really hits home for a lot of people. My condolences. Sharon

Submitted by Sandie Bowman on
Please accept my sympathy at Billy’s passing. May you gain some comfort in knowing you are in the hearts and thoughts of so many people who knew Billy. Your good memories will sustain you.

Submitted by Anthony Caswell on
To the family of Billy, I do not know Billy or have ever had the pleasure to meet any of you; however, I am a recovering heroin addict of almost 23 years (April 11th, 1996). I am so grateful that you chose to share his letter and I am so sorry for your loss. Part of my recovery that I have kept vigilant in is to read obituaries (morbid I know). It reminds me on a daily basis of the lives lost to this disease and how difficult it is for people to stay clean. I don't know why some people die and others recover, but I do know that his death is tragic. Out of that tragedy, I just wanted to let you all know that even in his obituary that he has helped someone (me) and that I feel for any family that has to experience this. God bless you all.

Submitted by James Brooker on
Bill, Dawn, Lindsey and all, I was so shocked to hear this news, my thoughts are with you all. Although I only met Billy a few times, he was an amazing person, musician and singer. Just wanted to say I will miss him and wanted to send my condolences. Just one of those guys you do not forget..

Submitted by Barb Borleske on
Dawn and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about Billy's passing; I can so clearly remember his quiet and respectful demeanor in homeroom at AI High. Thank you for putting his letter in his obituary; maybe it will help other young people stay away from the heroin nightmare.

Submitted by Jackie Roberts on
Our hearts are broken for all of your family. We hope you find peace in the fact that Billy is no longer struggling with his addiction. Much love, Jack & Jackie

Submitted by Charlene P on
As parents, we love and nurture our children and try to protect them from the threats of the world. We never know when the intrusion begins, we never know that moment of weakness. May you remember the joys that he brought to you and the joys that you gave to him, the smiles and love you shared. Thank you for sharing his passion for music and his letter. Do not hesitate to reach out to old friends in years to come. Charlene

Submitted by Suzanne Smith on
Dawn, Bill and Lindsay, I send my deepest condolences. My heart breaks for Billy and for your family. Both his strength and anguish are so evident in his powerful letter. I recall my many chats with Billy in AI Library about his passion for music, especially the Beatles. I so enjoyed his many visits to the library as he brightened my day. With deepest sympathy, Suzanne Smith

Submitted by Jay Ringler on
Our deepest sympathy for the passing of your Son. The demon is strong and we fight it endlessly but never seem to win. It makes us stronger but at what cost? Please move forward with only the best thoughts and memories of your son.

Submitted by Phil Metzler on
Have not met Bill and Dawn or Billy. Nancy is a dear friend. Do know Steve and Diane and Suzanne and Michael. I have lost a.grandson, Danny, as Billy was.lost. I want to share daughter said at her son's eulogy. She said, "My son had cancer. His cancer was his addiction" I always thought that captured the situation very correctly.

Submitted by R'Gracious Stevenson on
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Billy Bartz. What I would like to share with is the hope that God's word the Bible provides us. With all the suffering and injustice we see wouldn't you agree we really need hope? That hope for the future helps us to cope with the present, overcome the past and give us something to strive for so we can walk with determination toward the future. Jehovah God promises that all of our problems will be gone, including death. Isaiah 65:21-23 "They will build houses and live in them, And they will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress..." Revelation 21:3,4 "....and God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."

Submitted by Michele H. on
Dawn & Family, Words cannot express how sorrowful I am for the loss of your son/brother. What a smart & talented young man you raised. Thank you for sharing such a personal letter from Billy. I hope all who read it, realize the struggle Billy & many others like him go through every day. I wish you & your family strength & courage to work towards healing and peace during this difficult time.

Submitted by G lee on
I am so deeply sorry for the friends and family who are grieving over the loss of Billy. It took a lot of love and strength to support, love, and encourage him over the years. God truly loves those who help people who are afflicted by the pain of this world. 1 Thessalonians 5:14, 1 john 5:19 No matter how much or many the struggles of Billy were, I pray you are comforted knowing Billy is precious in God's eyes. Luke 12:6,7 I hope you find peace in the hope of being reunited with Billy under much better circumstances! Revelation 21:4

Submitted by Jeff Lawson on
God bless Billy and his family. He was a good kid.

Submitted by Buzzy Cooke on
Dawn, I am so terribly sad to hear about the passing of your dear son, Billy. I have a son very close to his age and just imagining your grief is more than I can bear. Please know that you are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.

Submitted by Nancy (DeVries)... on
Our condolences to Bill and the entire Bartz family. So very hard to understand a loss like this, but know you are all in our hearts and our prayers. Please know we're thinking of you, old friend....

Submitted by Sherry on
My deepest condolences to your family. Even in your sorrow you found a way to think of others .., to show kindness and that's not an easy thing to do. May your family find comfort in the scriptural hope foound at Revelation 21:4:"..death will be no more, the former things have passed away."

Submitted by Bill Bartz Sr on
Anthony, It was our intent that by sharing the letter my son wrote during a stay in rehab this past October that others who have loved ones suffering with addiction get a better understanding of how powerful and all consuming the addiction can be. My son said it "hijacked" his brain and made him do things that he did not want to do. I wish he was, as you have been for 23 years, strong enough to stay away from the evil that is heroin.

Submitted by Frances kreuz on
Bill and Dawn and Lindsey. I just found the obituary for Billy and I read his very moving letter. Through all his struggles with heroin he obviously was making every effort to overcome a difficult addiction and wanted to overcome it for his own sake and for the family he dearly loved. I am so very sorry to hear about his death and I appreciated knowing such a caring and thoughtful young man. I remember the help and encouragement he gave to Ben and I will always treasure the video of them playing guitar together i am so sorry for your great loss. Love, Frances