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Walter Finley deBruin

September 11, 2000 ~ September 6, 2020 (age 19)

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Walter Finley deBruin died unexpectedly on September 6, 2020 from an acute asthma attack. Walter was 19 years old.

Walt was part of a large family.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walter deBruin; his beloved step grandfather, David King; and his uncle, Michael deBruin. Walter is survived by his mother, Paula Castello; father, David Walter deBruin; his sister, Elizabeth deBruin; his brothers, Jack and William deBruin; his grandparents, Liz King, Jim and Frances Castello; and his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He will be sorely missed as they cope with the shock of his death.

Walt had a wide circle of friends.  He lived life to the fullest, enjoyed almost all sports, ate enough for two people and loved spending time and going to concerts with his friends.  Walter would have celebrated his 20th birthday this Friday, September 11th with his twin brother William.

Walter had just begun his sophomore year at Wilmington University, after spending his freshmen year at Hood College. Walter was a gifted athlete and a very social person. He loved lacrosse and everything associated with it.  Walter graduated from the Salesianum School and Saint Edmonds Academy. He also attended Linganore High School in Maryland.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 9th from 5-7pm at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 11am at Saint Mary Of The Assumption Catholic Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks will be required in the funeral home and the church. Guests are also encouraged to be mindful of social distancing practices while in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Walter to the Anthony Penna Charitable Fund, P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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September 9, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doherty Funeral Home - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek
Wilmington, DE 19808

Mass of Christian Burial
September 10, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Mary of the Assumption Church
7200 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707


Anthony Penna Charitable Fund
P.O. Box 1636, Wilmington DE 19899

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