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Obituaries for the week of December 6th

William Garland Harris, Jr.
William Garland Harris, Jr., of Lincoln University, Pa., passed on Nov. 24, 2023 at Twin Pines Nursing Home in West Grove. He was 77.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late William Garland, Sr. and Florence Anderson Harris.

William enjoyed working outdoors, farming and taking care of horses.

He was a good listener and had a hearty laugh. He enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Victoria Thomas (Richard) of North East, Md. and Pamela M. Thompson (Eric) of Newark, Del., and five grandchildren, Maurice Johnson, Cassondra Garcia, Adrian Garcia, Damian Garcia and Sharnise Johnson. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, one sister, Lenore L. Williams (Robert) of Aberdeen, Md., three nieces, Letitia, Karen and Lorraine, one great nephew, Jayden Foster, and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Brown, one niece, Kimberly Harris and one great nephew, Jordan Foster.

A home going service was celebrated on Dec. 1 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 1011 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at  

Edwin Page Boyd
Edwin Page Boyd, a resident of East Nottingham, passed away on Nov. 24, 2023 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md., while surrounded by his family. He was 77.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1946 in Uniontown, Pa.

Edwin attended schooling at Sun Valley in Aston, Pa.. After school, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Enterprise.

In 1966, Edwin married the love of his life, Margaret (Peggy) Jane McCoy, whom he has known since they were 7 years old. This December would make 57 years of marriage. Edwin was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Edwin had many jobs in his life, but trucking was always his passion. He drove for many companies over the years, including DuVall’s, Franciotti, Basciani Foods, and Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO). Eventually, after years of working for others, Edwin purchased his own Peterbilt and trailers and became self-employed. He operated his own trucking company, Boyd’s Trucking. The close-knit trucking community knows him by his CB handle, EverReady Eddie.

Edwin is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; daughters, Valerie Bye (Dennis) of West Chester, Lisa Adams (Daniel) of East Nottingham, and Melanie Boyd of Kennett Square; son, Patrick Bye of Rising Sun, Md.; grandchildren, Anthony Bye (Jenna) of Kirkwood, Pa. and Casey Bye (Cory) of East Nottingham; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Easton, and Casen. 

A public service of remembrance was held on Dec. 4 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home in Oxford.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Henry Harlan Roberts
Henry Harlan Roberts, known as “Rick” and “Coach,” passed away on Nov. 28, 2023. 

Rick was born Aug. 30, 1940 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the late Kenneth Shelley and Grace Chardy Roberts. Rick’s father had been transferred by the DuPont Company from Kennett Square to Argentina and the family was living in Buenos Aires at the time of his birth. He attended a Spanish/English school where his name Henry was translated to Enrique, and thus the family began calling him Rick, or Ricky. When he was 10 years old, the Roberts family moved back to Kennett Square. He was a 1959 graduate of Kennett High School where he and his twin brother Kenny were standout athletes in baseball, basketball and soccer. Rick attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he played the same three sports at the collegiate level and was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. 

Following graduation from Hartwick, Rick began a 34-year teaching career. He taught at Stetson Middle School and East Junior High, and then for 23 years at West Chester East High School where he was a beloved American History and World History teacher. He loved teaching just as much as his students loved his engaging learning style in the classroom. He especially enjoyed coaching the varsity boys basketball team at WC East, leading the team to many winning seasons, and leaving a lasting positive impression of sportsmanship on his players. After retiring from coaching, he used his impressive photography skills to take the pictures for WC East’s athletic teams. 

Rick is survived by his daughter, Amy Roberts Patroni (Jonathan), and son, Henry “Rick” Harlan Roberts, Jr. (Tori), granddaughters, Kendal and Cassidy Roberts, Gracie Patroni, and grandson Brett Patroni. 

He was predeceased in death by his twin brother and best friend Ken Roberts in 2022, and his sister Shelley Jones in 2021. He is also predeceased by his wife Anne Bernard Roberts, whom he was married to from 1969 until her death in 1988. He married Roxanne K. Roberts in 1988 and they were together until 2009, at which time they separated, but remained close friends until the time of his death. Rick also enjoyed close relationships with his extended family and loved family holiday get-togethers. He missed his twin brother Ken every day since his death on their 82nd birthday last year, and the family is comforted to think of them together again. 

Rick was a member at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, and it was a very important part of his life. He could quite often be found laughing with his friends in the 19th Hole, or rooting for a Phillies or Eagles game there. “Coach” made many close friends at the Kennett Country Club, and it truly was his favorite place to be. He was proud to have lived in Kennett Square the majority of his life, and kept many lifelong friends from his Kennett High School days. 

Interment will be private at the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. 

Friends of “Coach” Rick are invited to a Service of Remembrance at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, 100 E. Locust Lane in Kennett Square, on Monday, Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at towards finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes for his granddaughter Gracie. 

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square. 

Patricia Anne Delduco
Patricia Anne Delduco, of Coatesville, Pa., passed away on Nov. 25, 2023 at the Riddle Hospital. She was 65.

She was the daughter of the late Anthony “Fritz” A. Delduco and the late Alice Rowe Delduco.  

Growing up in Kennett Square, Patty was known for her strong hugs, great smile and huge heart. She was a lover of all animals and people, loved her stuffed animals and coloring books and always joined in on the fray when her brothers were wrestling in the living room.  She enjoyed trips to the beach at Cape May, weekends at Nana's house and excursions to Kennett High School to watch her brother's sporting events.  

She has been a resident of Coatesville for the past 30 plus years under the care of Brian's House, where she made many friends.  She also loved her time at Handicrafters, where she worked and enjoyed many activities and friendships.  

Patricia is survived by four brothers, Dennis J. Delduco of Oxford, Daniel Delduco of Cochranville, David Delduco of Decatur, GA and James Delduco of Huntsville, AL, one nephew, Jack Delduco and two nieces, Lilly Delduco and Melanie Delduco.  

You are invited to invited to visit with her family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2023 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Brian's House of Exton, Pa. or Handi-Crafters of Thorndale, Pa.   

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please

Mary Lee Thompson
Mary Lee Thompson, 93, of Avondale, passed away on Nov. 26,2023 at Riddle Hospital. She was the wife of Arthur Thompson, who passed away in 1992, and with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. 

Born in  Swords Creek, VA, she was the daughter of the late Willard Hess and the late Elsie Howington Hess. 

Mary was a homemaker. 

She enjoyed doing needlepoint, gardening, taking care of children, listening to ministers and Judy on TV, cooking, canning, and being with her family and friends. 

She is survived by one son,  Leonard, and his wife Gloria of Maryland, one daughter, Mary Heck of West  Grove one brother, Millard Hess of Mountain City, Tenn., two sisters, Ellen Dancy of Boone, NC and Shelba Hicks of Mountain City,  12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.  

Mary was predeceased by two sons, Arthur Thompson and Randy Thompson; two daughters, Audrey Thompsom and Shirley Thompson; four brothers, Donald Hess, John Hess, Wesley Hess and Willis Hess and one sister, Frances Presnell. 

A graveside service  will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Dec. 6 at the Union Hill Cemetery, Route 82, in Kennett Square. 

To  view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. 

In Loving Memory of Gini Brosius
Virginia Irene (Newsome) Brosius was born on November 13, 1944 to Harold and Betty Newsome. She passed peacefully in her sleep on November 23, 2023, Thanksgiving Day. 

Gini was a compassionate force of nature and an unwavering champion and advocate for family and friends. She will be remembered for her deep love of family, theater, horses, cooking, and gardening. Gini will be deeply missed by her loving family, including her college sweetheart-turned-husband Newt Brosius, sons Jeffrey and Brian Feller, Chris Brosius, Matt and Joe D’Antonio, and sisters Cathy Roberts and Joyce Cocchi, and her later-in-life world-traveling dog Molly. 

Gini’s warmth, wisdom, and unwavering passion for the things she held dear will continue to inspire all those who loved her and whose lives she touched. A celebration of Gini's life was held at London Grove Friends Meeting House on Dec. 2.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vermont Theater Company (, The Actors Playhouse ( ), or The Forgotten Dog Foundation ( in Gini's honor.