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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William Edward Dever Sr.
September 20, 1952 - May 6, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Friday, May 12, 2023, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Wetzel and Son, Rockledge
Viewing - Saturday, May 13, 2023, 9:30 to 10:50 AM at St. Cecilia Church, Philadelphia
Funeral Mass - Saturday, May 13, 2023, 11:00 AM at St. Cecilia Church, Philadelphia
Graveside Service - Saturday, May 13, 2023, 12:45 PM at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - St. Cecilia Church - 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-725-1240 - Map
Cemetery - Resurrection Cemetery - 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020 - 215-639-0965 - Map
Family Florist - Maureen’s Flowers - 3826 Morrell Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114 - 215-637-6370 - Map
Donation - Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship - P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0005 - 215-543-1051 - Map

The following obituary was written by Billy’s family:

William Edward "Billy" Dever Sr. passed away peacefully in his home on May 6, 2023 at the age of 70.  He was born and raised in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, PA and was a proud alumnus of North Catholic High School where he played football and basketball and was known by many as a “Legend” for the part he played in the historic JV Basketball win in the playoffs for North in 1968.  He coached many years as a youth sports coach and was a well-known basketball referee. He was a proud and loving father and grandfather, a beloved son, brother and friend to many. He loved all things sports, especially our Philadelphia sports teams.  He had the biggest heart, would help anyone and always had a nice thing to say or something funny to make you laugh.
He survived by his mother, Geraldine; his siblings, Jimmy (Roseanne), Susie, Gerry (Debbie), Eddie and John (Mina); his children, June, Billy (Katie) and Ben (Danielle); his grandchildren, Colin, Evan, Aubrey, Autumn, Chelsea, Liam and Ryleigh, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his father, James F. Dever, Sr.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046. Relatives and friends were also invited to his viewing on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:50 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cecilia Church, 535 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111. His graveside service followed at Resurrection Cemetery, 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0005.

Family flowers arranged by Maureen’s Flowers 215-637-6370.

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