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William Samuel Vickery, “Colonel”

William Samuel Vickery, known by his friends and family as “Colonel”, age 54, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on June 13, 2019. Born in Chester, PA, Bill was the son of the late Sylvia (Hand) and William Vickery. Bill graduated from Chester High School and went on to work as an Assistant Vice President of Banking at Citi Bank. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, loved music and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Most of all, Bill put his family first and cherished the time he spent with them.

Bill is survived by his wife and partner of 24 years, Sherry (Crowley) Vickery; his daughters, Valerie Vickery (Philip Klemow) of Frackville, PA and Lauren Vickery of Wilmington, DE; his granddaughters, Madisyn and Kylee Klemow; sisters, Georgette Miller of Marcus Hook, PA, Darlene Kowalek (Dennis) of Trainer, PA, and Victoria Vickery of Brookhaven, PA; his brother, Kurt Gilgore of Claymont, DE; and his mother-in-law, Sherry Jacobs (Donald) of Wilmington, DE; two goddaughters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces, and great nephews.

A visitation will be held on June 20, 2019 from 12 P.M to 1 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 1 P.M at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Hospice, 750 Prides Crossing #110, Newark, DE 19713, or the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at mealeyfuneralhomes.com

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Submitted by Betty Quick on
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I will always Love you Like a Brother and I am so glad that we had a wonderful Daughter Valerie Marie Vickery in My Life with you...So I will always and forever have a piece of you heart with me along with the rest of your lovely Family (Wife) Sherry and (Daughter) Lar ! We are still Family and Colonel (Bill) will always be with was in are hearts until we all see him again!

Submitted by Stephanie Freem... on
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On behalf of my husband (Earl ) and I. We are sending our Deepest Condolences to The Vickery Family. May God grant you strength and peace during this difficult time. Bill and I first met when he join the team many years ago at First Chicago. Rejoined us in 2016 at Chase. Bill has always been the life of a party. Many, many memories I will hold dear to my heart. Rest Easy my Dear Friend until we meet again.

Submitted by Toni Porter on
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So very sorry such a wonderful man was lost....although I never had the chance to meet Bill in person, I feel like I know him because I have the honor of working with Bill's beautiful wife, Sherry. I've met their daughter, Lauren, and have heard what a great person he was as a husband, father, friend, brother, grandfather, son, son-in-law, etc. I'm very saddened by his loss although glad the terrible illness that overtook his life is no longer causing him to suffer in pain. I know that he will forever be a blessed guardian angel to his loving family. My heart goes out to all of them at this difficult, sad time.

Submitted by Eleanor Triboletti on
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My fondest memories, as a young adult, included Colonel and his family. Fr om getting talked into taking them to Kiss concerts, with John Miller and Kurt To the many trips to the farm in Maryland. Colonel was like a little brother to me. He was, a very sensitive person. The night that my brother died, I had just gotten back to my dad's house in Landenberg. It was the middle of the night and the phone rang. It was Colonel and he said, Peach, " did Tony die tonite?" He knew. I asked him how did he know? He said, I just felt his passing. What a sweet, dear man. I love you, Colonel. I wish I were back home now.

Submitted by Miriam Garcia on
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People always wonder what is like to lose. Today, we have lost an amazing friend, the kind that put his needs aside to comfort you in times of needs. We will missed your sense of humor, your craziness and your kind heart. Thanks for sharing your time with us. Let’s meet on the other side. Sherry and Lauren, my heart breaks for your lost and I pray for your recovery.

Submitted by Michele Goldman... on
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When I worked at the bank with Bill, he was the nicest person. He was always smiling, upbeat and polite. I am saddened to hear that he passed away. I will always remember him, his wife, and the Chase Bank family. Rest in Enternal Peace Bill...No more suffering.

Submitted by Hope McDonald on
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I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I will always remember him as a positive person that was always there to help guide you no matter the reasoning. I was blessed to be able to work along side him gaining knowledge to help further my career. Sending Prayers!

Submitted by Frank Secoda on
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I was very surprised to hear of Bill's illness and passing. I will always remeber Bill for his upbeat and positive attitude, no matter how bad the situation. He always seemed able to see the positive side of everything and lifted the morale those around him. And it was Genuine! My condolences to Sherry and the entire family. Bill will certainly be missed and definitely remembered.

Submitted by dan on
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Rest In Peace Bill I remember you had told me that I shared the same birthday as your dad

Submitted by Marla Langley on
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Bill will always be remembered for his smile and many laughs we had especially delivering papers in the snow. So thankful I got to know him.

Submitted by Nauman Khalid on
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I would like to express sincere condolences to the family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, words cannot express my sadness. Bill, you will always be missed because a good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to the heaven.

Submitted by Georgette Thompson on
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To Sherry and the family. My condolences go out to you all for your loss. I was so sad to hear of his illness and passing. We shared good times at Chase card services remittance. I always called him Billy bob Thornton. I will forever remember him cutting up and talking about family music and his bike. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. RIP my brother until we meet again. Sorrowfully submitted

Submitted by Steven S Pitner on
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To all of Colonel's family and friends. My sincerest and deepest condolences to your and our loss. I was shocked and sad to read about his passing. Colonel and I go way back to our teen years when we were so often mistaken for each other by our mothers. I remember him as a crazy, funny and very nice person. We had some good times.Look forward to riding with him in the next life.

Submitted by christine matarese on
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One of the best neighbors I have ever had. Always had a smile to greet you and willing to lend a helping hand. Rest well, my friend.

Submitted by Jacky Pulliam on
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A true angel has gotten his wings, he has no more pain as he soar above us. Your in god's hands now and I know he's got you, as you had all of us. My condolences to the entire Vickery family.

Submitted by Laurie Popken on
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A Beautiful Soul,lost too soon. I am Thankful to have had you part of my life.Our personal talks meant alot. Your nieces,Nikki and Ashley will always Love you. Rest Easy Colonel.

Submitted by Cindy Pincura on
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My sincere condolences to the Vickery family may you find Peace and Strength during this difficult time Bill and I shared memories and stories of growing up in Chester always a good time Bill had a very big heart for others His priority was his family May he RIP and watch over his family

Submitted by William R McCormack on
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I can not believe these years have flown by like the wind we breath. Our families started a relationship long ago that intertwined through the years when we lived right next door to each other. Growing up in the West End of Chester seemed like yesterday, memories come flooding back as I think how we all played together as kids. You were always a good Soul and I never seen anything but a smile on your face. Even though we as families have been physically separated by time, my memories of you and yours has had a great impact on my life and continue to do so. May we all meet again and play as we did as kids in Our Lords Meadows as we did on Meadow Lane. P.S. say "Hi" to your mom, dad, Ethel and my mother also, I know your and my mom restarted their bantering of us who our left and it would not be the same otherwise if they did not. Glad that you are free from pain, and with the Lord. Bless You. Bill

Submitted by Justina C Quindlen on
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My condolences to his family. I pray for comfort for his wife and family. May God comfort your hearts with peace at this time of sorrow. May God's light shine upon all of you to lift your weeping hearts. My sympathy for the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by Gerald F. Miller on
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I worked with Bill for a short time at Chase.Bill was a very kind and generous person who was very helpful to his new colleagues at the bank.With me Bill was very willing to talk sports which I was very interested in. Bill was always positive with his opinions and never had a bad thing to say. I offer my condolences to Bills family and friends. Bill was a very good man.

Submitted by Lisa McKnight K... on
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To all Colonels family & loved ones,I’m very sorry for your loss. Colonel was a great person, full of life & a good friend. We also go way back to the good old days. Music was great, times were fun & things just seemed to be much easier.Teenagers growing up & making memories. Many days & nights of jamming out to Frank,Marty,John,Mark,Colonel & a few others at Johns house or actually, just about anywhere there was a guitar or a drum set that needed to be played. Those days were full of fun,carefree, freedom & just down right good times! Anyway what I’m trying to say is that Colonel will always be in my heart & memories.A friend when I needed a friend. I have many memories that are full of smiles, craziness & Fun. Just a group of teens growing up & creating memories. Colonel was a genuine good person, full of life & full of smiles. I don’t recall a memory of Colonel that I have that he wasn’t smiling with his up to something grin. He had an Orr about him, confident & a free spirit. A past that I will always cherish!! A wonderful past that introduced me to a lot of good people who all played a part in whom I am today. I will always be grateful for all those days!! Rest In Peace my friend, Colonel. Your family should be Happy that they had a person like you in there lives.

Submitted by Kathy (Dunn) Pi... on
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Our Condolences and warm heartfelt wishes to your family. I knew Colonel growing up as a teenager. We and the crew hung out and had a lot of great memories. Cheers - Colonel to we all meet again and jam!

Submitted by Kathy (Dunn) Pi... on
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Our Condolences and warm heartfelt wishes to your family. I knew Colonel growing up as a teenager. We and the crew hung out and had a lot of great memories. Cheers - Colonel to we all meet again and jam!

Submitted by Belinda on
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My deepest condolences to the Vickery family in your loss. I worked with Bill @ Citi, although he was not my Manager we would talk about the city of Chester as I was born and raised there. He was a wonderful & pleasant person. Our last conversation he and I had was him sharing his illness with me. My heart goes out to your family during your time of sorrow. Hold on to the memory that he loved his family. May God Bless your family and give you peace. He will be missed.