Harry P. Vercoe II, retired machinist
Harry P. Vercoe II, 82, of Lewes, formerly of Newark, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was born in Chester, Pa., Tuesday, March 11, 1930, son of the late Dave and Naomi (Cherry) Nickerson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin sister Joanne Glenn.
Mr. Vercoe worked for Scott Paper for 30 years retiring in 1989 as a machinist; he and his wife then relocated to the beach. He was a 1948 graduate of Chester High School, served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, was a member of American Legion Post 28 and was a 32nd degree Mason, Jefferson Lodge. He was also a member of Nur Temple and lovingly drove one of the prized Corvettes. Always a family man, he cherished his time with family and friends. He was a member of Conley's United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. Harry was a volunteer with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Tunnell Cancer Center for 17 years.
Mr. Vercoe is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary (Davis) Vercoe; two daughters: Karen Hartranft and husband Perry of Bear, and Lynn CanneLongo and husband Skip of Middletown; a son, Harry "Skip" Vercoe III and wife Marita of Ownings, Md.; seven grandchildren: David Hartranft and wife Abby, Katie Walker and husband Dave, Megan CanneLongo, Madison CanneLongo, Jason Vercoe and wife Allie, Jessica Benyo and husband Andrew, Kyle Byrd and Kacie Byrd; and five great-grandchildren: Carter Hartranft, Carson Vercoe, Landen Vercoe, Paden Benyo and Keston Benyo.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan 5, at Conley's United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyn's Way, Lewes. Entombment was at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, Monday, Jan. 7.