William D. “Bill” Garlington

May 10, 1924 - October 4, 2015 West Grove, PA | Age 91 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend.

W. D. “Bill” Garlington, age 91, of West Grove, PA, passed away at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community, on Sunday, October 4, 2015. He was the husband of Helen Louise Barrows Garlington, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Topeka, KS, he was the son of the late Maurice D. and Grace Webb Garlington. He was raised in Kentucky and graduated from Yale University.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War ii, as an Ensign on an air craft carrier. After the war he returned to Yale University for his Master of Engineering degree.

He worked for the DuPont Company for 37 years in development in the Film and Plastics Department and retired as a Senior Research Engineer.

He was a Scoutmaster in Southbridge and was on the troop committees. He was active in interracial affairs and participated in a Unitarian sponsored West Seventh Street apartment renovation project.

He helped found the CECON scientific consultation agency and served there as a vice president and consultant for 15 years.

On retirement he did volunteer work at the Oxford, PA Neighborhood Service Center. He also was a member of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE, and attended the Academy of Life Long Learning in Wilmington. His interests include painting, woodworking, and woodcarving.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Lee emery and her husband Bill of Ashland, OR and Susan Ayotte and her husband Donald of Georgetown, DE, and five grandchildren,

Chris Garlington, Rea, Shannon and Ian McLean and Nathan Ayotte.

He was predeceased by one son, William D. Garlington, Jr.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:00, Tuesday afternoon, October 13, 2015, at the First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the Neighborhood Service Center, 35 North Third street, Oxford, 19363.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco funeral Home, West Grove, PA.


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Memorial Donations

Neighborhood Service Center

35 North Third Street,
Oxford, PA 19363.


Memorial Service

October 13, 2015 1:00 First Unitarian Church,
30 Halstead Road,
Wilmington, DE.


  1. Helen—-I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing.Cathie Scarborough
    sent me the obitiary.He certainly had a notable career in engineering and
    with all his various activities both before and after retirement ,you must
    have had many happy times together. So remember the happy times and perhaps
    these memories will help you through this difficult time.
    I enjoyed having you and Bill as neighbours, friends and
    visitors and I send you my sincere condolences.
    Kindest regards from daughter Nancy and I. Bob.

    Robert W. Butler | October 16, 2015 at 12:15 PM
  2. Helen,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You two were such good neighbors and so kind to us. We have missed you.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug and Katherine Mullally | October 13, 2015 at 12:03 PM

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