William Thatcher

William "Erve" Thatcher Jr.

Friday, December 22nd, 1933 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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William E. Thatcher, Jr.“Erve “ passed away peacefully with his family by his side at home on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Erve was born on December 22, 1933 in New Castle to William and Elizabeth Thatcher.

He had a passion for three things in his life, the City of New Castle where he lived and enjoyed life; the Goodwill Fire Company where he faithfully served as a member for 65 years; and his family whom he enjoyed and loved.

Erve served in the Army National Guard and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years. Upon his retirement, he went to work for the Trustees and the City of New Castle for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Erve is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ann White Thatcher; his sons, Bill and his wife Patti, Robert and his wife Holly, and Michael Thatcher; grandchildren, Adam, Alex, Jenna and Mary; his sisters, Edith (Joe) Cashman and Dianne (Robert) Tattersall.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 am. At St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, 5th and Harmony Streets, New Castle, DE 19720. Friends may call at the church on Friday, January 17 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will take place in St. Peter the Apostle Church Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for the support they provided for Erve.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributing in Erve’s memory to Goodwill Fire Company, 401 South St, New Castle, DE 19720 or St. Peter the Apostle Church.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church
    521 Harmony St.
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church
    521 Harmony St.
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Peter the Apostle R. C. Church Cemetery
    521 Harmony St.
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720
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Alexis Chilton and Kim Pedrick York sent flowers to the family of William "Erve" Thatcher Jr.
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Monica Janicki-Esterling

Posted at 03:34pm
Dear Mrs Thatcher, Billy, Bobby & Michael - I cherish the memories especially sitting on Erve's front porch talking and reminiscing. He will be missed! He was a Great man and a great friend, more like Family. I was so sad to hear of his passing and I am sorry I was not at his service - I found out too late. Hugs to you all, maybe I will see you on his porch! hugs, Monica Janicki - Esterling

Alexis Chilton

Posted at 08:40pm
Sending all my prayers and love to you all. I am grateful that I was able to meet him.
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Kim Pedrick York

Posted at 12:47pm
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Francis Ryan Sr.

Posted at 10:20am
My condolences to Ann and the entire Thatcher Family in the loss of the patriarch of your family. Erv Thatcher was one of the
"Good Guys" that you meet in life. He was a good man and a good friend. If you knew Erv Thatcher, you had a friend for life.
He always greeted you with that smile that just made you feel good. He loved his family deeply. New Castle and the Goodwill Fire Company were an integral part of his life. I am honored to call him "My Friend" and an in-law of the extended family.
"Rest In Peace" old friend.
Francis "Ren" Ryan

Darryl Hayes

Posted at 04:23pm
Mr. Thatcher was a very kind man, Story is that he helped my mother years ago at Banning park where she fell, cutting her knee. She told me that one day after I said hello too him going to the Dr. Office which was down the street. I thought it was pretty cool since I knew Mike for years going to school with him To Mike and family, I'm so very sorry for your lose. We can never live like our parents did. God Bless you and yours

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