William T. Peden Jr. of Historic New Castle went home to the Lord on November 18, 2022.
William was one of nine children born to William and Annette Peden on December 16, 1925 and was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School. Following high school, William enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. and proudly served his country during World War II. Upon his return to New Castle, he was employed with the Pennsylvania Railroad and then the United States Postal Service, before his retirement in 1987.
He was a member of The Lions Club and active with both St. Peter’s Church and school. He coached a couple of his brothers in football while they attended St. Peter’s High School.
William married Ellen Cowgill in 1955 and had five children. William and Ellen were married for 64 years.
Continuing his passion for sports, William coached his sons in New Castle Little League and when his grandchildren came along, he took great joy in watching them play sports. He would take them to Battery Park, where they played on the playground or threw sticks and rocks into the river. He taught his grandchildren how to play cards and games and told them jokes and riddles. He taught them the Notre Dame fight song and the songs that he knew from his childhood.
In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen; his son, John and his great-granddaughter, Anniston.
William is survived by his children, Debbie (Mike), Trippi (Karen), Niki (Gary), and Beth (Tom); grandchildren, David, Sam, Billy (Jessica), Bryan, Ryan, (Jackie) Lindsay (Zak), Eric (Scottie), Jessica (Zach), and Carly (Matt); and great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Ian, ZJ, Kaia, Charlotte, Oliver, Jack, Evelyn, and Theo. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy; and brother, Richard.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, November 29 at 12:00 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 5th and Harmony Street, New Castle, DE. Friends may call at the church from 11-12. Interment will be held in the adjoining church cemetery following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to St. Peter the Apostle Church.