David Bradford Wasson, of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the age of 60 at his home in Bellefonte.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lt. Col. Robert E. Wasson and Joyce B. Wasson (Brewer), as well as brothers Steven and Thomas Wasson.
He is survived by his loving partner of nearly ten years, Valerie McCormack; former wife, Bonnie Wasson; son, Brian Wasson; daughters, Dawn and Nicole Pierce; grandchildren, Jason Gildersleeve, Dezarae Pierce, Brooke Weihermuller, and Daemion Pierce; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many life-long friends. He was also a caring father figure to Valerie’s children Briana Hinds (Will) and Christian McCullough (Suzanne) as well as grandchildren Billie, Makenzie, Parker, Ryan, and Kylie.
Dave was born on January 23, 1960 at the former Delaware Hospital in Wilmington, the second of three sons to Robert, a Korean War veteran and officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, and Joyce, a teacher. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1978, and went on to receive a certification in Digital Computer Electronics from the Lyons Technical Institute of Upper Darby, PA, in 1981 before starting his business, Affordable Fence Co.
As a small-business owner for close to 35 years, Dave built a well-known reputation for quality and became one of the area’s premier fence contractors. He was known by many for his strong work ethic and was rarely seen with idle hands. A real life “MacGyver,” he was always working on projects. From renovations at his home and rental properties, to re-building cars, boats, dirt bikes, and jet skis, he could fix just about anything, and once he set his mind on something he was passionate about whatever he did.
When he wasn’t working, Dave spent many warm summer days at his family’s beach home in Fenwick Island, DE, enjoying quality time with loved ones out on the water, anchored at Assateague Island, fishing on the pier, or simply hanging out on the porch with his faithful dog, Buddy, and beloved African Grey Parrot, Toby.
For many years he was dedicated to his son Brian’s motocross competitions, traveling across the country to races behind the wheel of their RV, cruising down the road with classic rock on the radio. Dave often said these were some of the best times of his life, coming full circle from his days as a kid riding dirt bikes around the neighborhood to being his own son’s biggest supporter.
He was an avid pool player, participating in multiple competitive leagues throughout the years, often alongside his son. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie 74) for over 25 years, and the Loyal Order of Moose (Lodge 847) for over 20 years. He spent many evenings at both clubs having good conversations with even better friends over a cold craft beer.
Dave was admired by many for his strength and resilience, his determination to overcome challenges, and his loyalty and dedication to those he cared for. He was adored by his family and friends for his wry sense of humor, kind soul, and generous spirit. He was known to show his love through his actions rather than words, always giving to others and never hesitating to offer a helping hand to those in need.
Dave will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to call him dad, pop-pop, loving partner and friend. And though his absence leaves a void in the world that can never be replaced, his memory will live on eternally in our hearts.
A private memorial service will be held for the family. A public viewing will be held from 6 - 7:30PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. All friends are welcome to attend. Please note that per COVD-19 safety guidelines, the building capacity is limited to 30 guests at a time to ensure proper social distancing. Additional visitors may be queued outside of the building while waiting to enter. Please wear a face mask and dress warmly.
Online condolence please visit: www.mccreryandharra.com