William J. McVey, III

William J. McVey, III, “Bill”, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law, age 73, of Lewes, DE, formerly of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Delaware Hospice Center surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Wilmington, William was the son of the late Gladys (Mitchell) and William J. McVey, Jr. Bill graduated from the University of Delaware with his bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to work for the Wilmington Trust Company, retiring as Assistant Vice President of Lockbox Services after 44 years. He also served his country proudly in the Vietnam War, during which he was awarded several medals, and in the United States Army Reserves for 22 years. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, watching all Philadelphia sports teams, and lots of traveling. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his grandson, Zachary Dylan Wojnisz.

William will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 50 years, Marie R. (Tharan) McVey; his sons and their spouses, Shawn and Shelley McVey and Joseph and Val McVey; his grandson, Kyle McVey; his sister, Sue Townsend (Guy); his brothers, Steve McVey (Faith), Terry McVey (Janet) and Gerry McVey (Sandy); his brother-in-law, John Tharan (Debbie); and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Bill will be missed by many.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the compassionate nurses at Beebe Health Care and the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 AM at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington where visitation will begin after 9:30 AM.  Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way #205 New Castle, DE 19720. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Karen Cameron ... on
Dear Marie and Family, I was so very sorry to read about your husband's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences during this very difficult time.

Submitted by Marge Fleming Smith on
Dear Marie, Sue and Family, My deepest condolences are with you. Bill is one of the nicest guys I know. We will see him again in heaven.

Submitted by Phyllis Pini on
Marie and Sue, So sorry to hear of your loss. I’m sending you my thought and prayers at this difficult time.,

Submitted by Beth McGinn on
Dear Sue & Family Sending prayers of comfort on your loss. Love Beth & Jim

Submitted by Nancy Ripple on
Marie and family, I am so very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. You will all continue to be in my prayers, Nancy Ripple

Submitted by Mark Castelow on
Gerry and Sandy, Linda and I send our deepest regrets for your family's loss. We have you in our prayers.

Submitted by Shawn Bowman on
Dear Joe & family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences and keeping you in my thoughts.

Submitted by Linda D'ONOFRIO Wolf on
Thinking of you all during this sad time of loss. I have many very happy memories of growing up on Goodley Rd with Bill and our many friends there. I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May he rest in peace.

Submitted by Lois & Bob Didas on
Marie & family, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Bill was a wonderful person and will be missed by our family. May your memories bring you peace and comfort. God bless.

Submitted by Linda Doto on
Dear McVey Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill at Wilmington Trust. He was always laughing and had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all. Please accept my deepest condolences from our family to yours. May the Lord hold you in His arms and comfort you. Linda