Terrence Daniel Blackney, had generous spirit

April 28, 2021

Terrence Daniel Blackney, 63, of Rehoboth Beach, formerly of Wilmington, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021. He was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., and was the son of the late F. Neale and Marita Blackney. He graduated from Claymont High School in 1975 and attended the University of Delaware.

Terry is survived by his siblings, Pattie Painter, Brian (Nancy), Kevin (Barbara Kraus-Blackney) and Colleen; sisters-in-law, Donna, Barbara and Kathy, as well as his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends who were like family. Terry was preceded in death by his beloved partner John Samoluk; his brothers, Richard, Michael, David, and Jeffrey; brother-in-law Tom Painter; and nephew David Kevin Blackney. 

Terry enjoyed working at ICI Americas/Astra Zeneca for 38 years in the Animal Research department. After retirement he moved to Rehoboth Beach and joined the team at Signarama.

He will be remembered for his kind-heartedness, his ever-present welcoming personality, his hearty laugh and room-filling smile, and never-ending generous spirit.  For Terry, life was all about family, friends and fun whether in “Wilmo” or the hot spots of Rehoboth, especially Murph’s and The Pond. He cherished his Irish heritage, and our “Danny Boy” loved everything Irish, and was Irish to the core.  

In memory of Terry, call a friend, pet a dog, hug a family member, or enjoy a meal or drink with someone you love. Terry would love that!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m., at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. Burial will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa.  Services will be held in accordance with the current health directives regarding wearing masks, social distancing and capacity requirements.

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