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Formerly of 607 S. Harrison Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
William Gary BoomMay 5, 1932 ~ April 30, 2017 (age 84)
William Gary Boom passed away peacefully at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He was born in Wellsboro, PA to Silas and Rhema (Weidman) Boom. Before beginning his long teaching career, he was in the military serving in the Army in Germany. After his discharge, he taught at Warrior Run High School in Williamsport, PA.
When he moved to Delaware, he spent the rest of his career as an English teacher at Concord High School where he was very much respected by students, faculty and staff. The “Boomer” also coached the Concord Swim team, leading the young men to the State Championship in 1972. He was very proud of the Salamanders.
Always active, Mr. Boom also bartended, first at Radley Run Country Club then at Buckleys’ Tavern in Centerville, DE.
Mr. Boom loved horse racing and enjoyed spending time working on the statistics of racing. He and his wife, Sandra spent many pleasant days at Delaware Park. They also traveled to Saratoga, NY and Keenland Racetrack in Lexington, KY. While in Kentucky, they visited many horse farms and were privileged to see Seattle Slew and Affirmed, two Triple Crown winners. Mr. Boom was especially happy to see Holy Bull, who was his all time favorite horse.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Boom was predeceased by his two sisters; Betty Kerrick and husband, Donald and by Jayne Kirkpatrick. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Rutkowski Boom; his daughters, Debra (Kris) Krissak, Kelly Stumbers, Cynthia Stritzinger (Mark Bivens), grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Kentmere Nursing Home, Wilmington Hospital and Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital for their care of Mr. Boom during his final days.
Burial will be private.
Gary’s wishes were not for a religious memorial or service but for a party after his passing. To honor that wish, a Celebration of Gary's Life party will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 12 - 4 PM at the DAP, 2201 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805. If you come, remember, no sad faces just bring your good memories of Gary.
Contributions in Gary’s memory can be made to; Old Friends Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324 or Faithful Friends,12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804 or to the charity of your choice.