William F. Moss Jr., National Park Service retiree
William F. Moss Jr., 80, of Rehoboth Beach, died Thursday, January 26, 2023 at home. He was born on June 6, 1942 in Washington, D.C. to the late William F. and Anna Maria (McGuigan) Moss.
William graduated from John Carroll High School in Washington, DC, class of 1960. He enjoyed his career as a forest firefighter and maintenance technician for the National Park Service and retired in 1995 after many years of service. His faith was a pillar in his life and he was a devoted member of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach.
William, affectionately known as “The Senator,” had a lifelong passion for horse racing and going to the track was one of the things he enjoyed most. He competed in all three Triple Crown races for Secretariat, the first horse since 1948 to become America’s coveted Triple Crown. William loved trivia games, especially Jeopardy, and was a bourbon connoisseur. He had a wacky sense of humor and enjoyed putting a smile on people’s faces. William loved the sea and enjoyed watching the sun rise over the water each morning. More than anything, he valued the time he spent with his loved ones. William was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Loved by many, he will be deeply and sincerely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
William is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth “Bonnie” Moss of Rehoboth Beach, after 54 years; his children: Elizabeth Crandall (Edward) of Germantown, Md., Ashley Moss-Pham (Thinh) of Boyds, Md., Rodney Moss (Sharon) of Grasonville, Md., and William Moss III (Jenn) of Providence Forge, Virginia .; his granddaughter Emma Margaret Pham of Boyds; his siblings: Patricia Kahn (Greg) of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dolores Hulick of New York City, Robert Moss (Joan) of Homestead, Florida, and George Moss of Rehoboth Beach; and his niece Barbara Ann Hulick of Houston, Texas.
There will be a Christian funeral service on Friday, February 3 at 11:00 am at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach, for friends to visit beginning at 10:00 am
The arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in William’s memorial to Brandywine Valley SPCA, bvspca.org/donate.
Visit Mr. Moss’ Life Memorial website and sign his virtual guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.