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William V. DeTora

April 26, 1955 — January 4, 2018

William Vincent DeTora, 62, of Collingswood, NJ, passed away suddenly on January 4, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was the beloved husband of Donna M. (nee Kline) loving father of the late Shannon Clifford, Jillian Kelley (Dennis) and Nicholas DeTora. He was the cherished Pop-Pop of Ciara DeTora, who was the light of Bill's life. He was also the dear brother of Mark (Judy Morris), Timothy (Kathy) and the late Greg DeTora. He is also survived by several loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Bill's favorite author was Mark Twain who once said, "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter, ‘tis the difference between the lightening bug and the lightening." His life-long love of the written word and witty humor were the foundation for many passions in his life. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Temple University, and became a well-respected and revered Professor of English Literature at Gloucester County Community College. He enjoyed words transformed into lyrics, and was always listening and singing various types of music. He was a life-long learner, and often watched documentaries on different historic topics. He had a strong relationship with God, and was a devout member of Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Parish in Collingswood and co-founderof their St. Vincent DePaul Society. After his relationship with God, Bill cherished his time with family and friends most in life and loved them all deeply, especially his 3-year-old granddaughter, Ciara. His relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday, January 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 809 Park Ave., Collingswood, NJ. A Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. In accordance with Bill's wishes, interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the William DeTora Words of Wisdom Education Fund made out to Donna DeTora on behalf of their granddaughter, Ciara, which will assist in her higher education costs. Donations may be sent to: 1015 Park Avenue Collingswood, NJ 08108.

Visitation

JAN 9. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

St. Teresa Calcutta Parish - St. John's Church
809 Park Avenue
Collingswood, NJ, 08108

Memorial Mass

JAN 9. 11:15 AM (EST)

St. Teresa Calcutta Parish - St. John's Church
809 Park Avenue
Collingswood, NJ, 08108
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