Newton Hamilton Bollinger, Jr., age 95, passed away July 6, 2023 at County House in Greenville, Delaware. Born in Miami, Florida, he resided in several locations in Florida until he moved to Delaware in 2006.
With a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, he joined Peoples Gas in Miami Beach. His career was interrupted by the Korean Conflict after which he returned and climbed the ladder in various positions as Peoples Gas grew to become the largest privately-owned natural gas distribution utility company in the United States with headquarters in Tampa. Newt retired in 1993 as Director and Executive Vice President-Operations.
Newt was a serious sailor, racing a 14’ single-person boat all over Florida and winning many medals. More recently he raced radio-controlled sailboats in Florida and nearby Pennsylvania. Newt was also devoted to fishing of every type in Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Airplanes and aviation history were a passion, including building and flying model airplanes and gliders. Newt was also a very talented artist who painted in oils, and later watercolors. He had an excellent eye for composition and the uncanny ability to translate what he saw on his outdoor sojourns onto canvas for others to enjoy.
Newt married Betty Neal Callahan in 1958 in Coconut Grove, Florida. She predeceased Newt in 2017. He is survived by daughter Ann B. Hamilton, son-in-law David Ley Hamilton, grandchild Elizabeth Ley Hamilton, and sister Bettie B. Sonnenberg. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas H. Bollinger and parents Mr. and Mrs. Newton H. Bollinger, Sr.
Newt will be dearly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Newt’s name to the charity of your choice.
The family thanks the Country House staff and the Acts Hospices team for all their outstanding consideration and care.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1106 N. Adams St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Date and time to be announced. Burial will be private.