William Dean Estabrooks

February 24, 1929 - November 3, 2013
William Dean Estabrooks

William Dean Estabrooks, age 84 of Wilmington passed away, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Silver Stream Health Care Center.

He was born in Chelsea, MA on February 24, 1929. His parents were the late Maverd and Emolyn Estabrooks.

Bill grew up in Revere, MA and graduated high school in 1947. He then joined the US Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean War. During leave he married his sweetheart, Marilyn on April 29, 1952. Upon his discharge from the Navy he went to work for GE. While working at GE, he attended Lowell Institute at MIT and graduated from North Eastern University with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Management. He later moved to Wilmington in 1980 to work at GE and retired in 1990 with 43 years of service.

Bill was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church, he enjoyed Square Dancing and Round Dancing along with his wife for over 57 years, bowling and wood working.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Martin Estabrooks; children, Steve Estabrooks and wife Donna, Sharon DiLiberto and husband Frank, Scott Estabrooks, and wife Jennifer, Penni Richardson; eight grandchildren, Beth, Sue, Michael, Kristen, Brandon, Hali and twins, Gabriella and David; and three great grandchildren, Kailyn, RJ, and Meagan; brother Robert Estabrooks and wife Edra; two nieces, Brenda and Karen.

The family will see friends from 10 to 11 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 prior to the funeral service to begin at 11 am at Pine Valley United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Tim Reaves and Rev. Trish Archer. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Military Honors will be by the American Legion Honor Guard.

Memorial gifts may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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  • November 10, 2013
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, 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. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.

  • November 03, 2013
    Donald and Marie McManus says:
    We are sorry for your loss, Bil was a great guy and a good friend of mine. Bill and I worked at the GE in Lynn, Ma and Wilmington, NC. We worked on many jet engines rotating parts together. Bill taught me programing of the products we were making. Bill and I were GE Apprentice Graduates and we would meet and share stories at the Yearly reunions. I will miss Bill. Don and Marie McManus 18 Mill Stream Drive Atkinson, NH 03811

  • November 03, 2013
    Elaine Sherrick Valente and family says:
    Our love and prayers to you all. I know it has been a long hard journey, may the knowledge that he is safe in our Fathers' arms give you peace. We were blessed to know Bill, and although it's been awhile, South Church friends hold you in our hearts. Love, Elaine

  • November 07, 2013
    rogeer and jean rudolph says:
    sosorry for your loss. it has been a long struggle for you both. we are proud of you. we were in raleigh babysitting so we did not know. sorry we missed the service. if we can help in any way just call 395-2981 our love to you and the family.