Longtime Millville councilman Droney dies at 74

Thomas Jack “Tim” Droney, 74, of Millville, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Sept. 9, after a brief illness. Droney, a regular presence in the town of Millville, had served on the town council for more than 20 years and was a Board of Adjustment member at the time of his death. He had also held the position of mayor for a short time.

Coastal Point • File Photo : Tim Droney at Millville Town Hall in 2007.Coastal Point • File Photo
Tim Droney at Millville Town Hall in 2007.

After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1955, Droney moved to Seaford, Del., with his parents. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958 and retired in 1979 as executive officer of Indian River Coast Guard Station. Prior to that, Droney had served as officer-in-charge of the Ocean City, Md., Coast Guard Station. He married Patricia Foulk in 1962, moved to Millville in 1974 and founded Droney Marine Construction, which he turned over to his son, Clarke, in 1990.

Droney spent 21 years on the Millville Town Council and was a life member of VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, Del. He also worked with his son as a towboat captain for the towboat U.S. Indian River from 1992 until 2012.

“Tim was interim mayor from September to December of 2006, the year I came to Millville to work full-time,” explained Millville Town Manager Debbie Botchie. “Tim stopped in every day. He was our code enforcement officer, as well as a councilman. He taught me so much about municipal law, annexation, and he told me great stories about the goings on in the town!”

She added that she will truly miss him and said that, even after his time on council was over, he would come by each summer with fresh vegetables.

“He was truly a good friend. I will truly miss him and his company.”

Mayor Gerry Hocker expressed similar sentiments.

“He will certainly he will be greatly missed throughout the town. I had the privilege of being with him on council when I was elected in 2002,” said Hocker. “I learned a lot from him and his knowledge. Just his presence — he loved the town very much and was very active.”

Droney was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice J. and Lovina Kellaway Droney of Buffalo, N.Y.; a son, Christopher Patrick Droney, in 1988; and his sister, Helen Droney Bouchard, in 2008.

Droney is survived by his wife, Patricia Foulk Droney; son, Clarke Thomas Droney, and his wife, Carol; three grandsons, Richie, Mark and Jay; a granddaughter, Katie; his brother-in-law, Harry Bouchard; two sisters-in-law, Lisa Ellis, and her three daughters, Kim, Whitney and Megan, and Kit Crouch, her husband, Ron, their children, Jinni, Alexa and Carter; a niece, Sandra Peters, and her husband, Bob, and their children, Danny, Katie and Jacob; and a nephew, Michael, and his wife, Sharon, and their children, Mary and Mark.

He is also survived by a special friend, Ken Ellis of Northern Virginia, who was with him during his hospitalization.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to either Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Millville Volunteer Fire Company; P.O. Box 84; Millville, DE 19967.