William H. ‘Billy’ Reeves Jr., 72, of Selbyville, Del., died peacefully Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the comfort of his home. He was born in Washington, D.C., son of the late William H. Reeves and Rose (Panella) Reeves.
Reeves had been a sheet-metal worker for James Myers Co. before retiring and moving to Selbyville in 2002. He was a genius at working with his hands. He helped many neighbors and friends when something needed to be fixed, and eventually the phrase, “If Mr. Bill can’t fix it, throw it away!” was born.
He never offered a “nickel’s worth of free advice” but was worth his weight in gold when someone needed his guidance. To friends and neighbors, and most certainly only when asked, he would say, “Well, that’s not how I would do it,” which they knew meant “For the love of God, please stop!” In his calm, laid-back style, he would happily show them the right way to take on the situation at hand.
Reeves was an avid boater and loved traveling extensively with his wife, Kathryn “Kitty” A. Reeves. Whether by RV, plane or ship, they lived their lives to the fullest. Reeves was a caring and gentle man who never had an unkind word to say about anything or anyone. He will be sadly missed by everyone who was blessed to know him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathryn “Kitty” A. Reeves of Selbyville; a son, Matthew W. Reeves of Gaithersburg, Md.; a sister, Anne L. Springmann of Fort Washington, Md.; his devoted nephews, Mark and Paul Springmann, and their wives; his four great-nephews; and many loving friends and neighbors who referred to him as “Mr. Bill.” He was preceded in death by a son, Michael A. Reeves.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Ocean City, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to Atlantic General Hospital, Campaign for the Future, in support of the John H. “Jack” Burbage Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center, with checks payable/sent to: AGH Foundation; 9733 Healthway Dr.; Berlin, MD 21811 (Memo note: “In memory of William Reeves”). Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.