Wilmer I. "Bill" " Sonny" McCarraher

Dec 10 1932
Mar 26 2018
85 Years
Bethany Beach, previously of Coatesville

Wilmer I. "Bill"," Sonny", McCarraher, 85, of Bethany Beach, previously of Coatesville, passed away on March 26, 2018 in West Chester.  He was the loving husband of A. Dorothy Melicher McCarraher for 67 years.  They started dating when they were 15 years old.  

He graduated from Coatesville High School in 1950 and continued on to serve in the U.S. Air Force.  He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He retired from Lukens Steel  25 years ago.  He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Coatesville.  

He is survived by his children, Linda, wife of Francis Panik, Michael McCarraher, husband of Karla, Patricia Whiteman, Mary wife of Steven Maxwell, and Mark McCarraher husband of Pat, 15 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren, and siblings Jane VanWhy of Coatesville, Francis McCarraher of Chincoteague, VA, Lola, wife of Larry Gregor of Coatesville and Leroy McCarraher and wife Barbara of Coatesville.

A funeral service will be held on April 4, 2018, at the Wilde Funeral Home at 12:00 Noon.  Family and friends are welcome to come to the visitation from 11-12:00.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital by clicking HERE.  

 Arrangements by the Wilde Funeral Home, Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Apr 4 2018 - 12:00pm


Dear Mary, Steve and family,

We were so saddened to hear of your dad's passing.  Allison has told us how warm and friendly he was to her.  May he be at peace.  Cherish all your fond memories.

Rick & Pam Gergley

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Dear Mary, Patty and family,  I am so sorry to hear about your Dad.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Sincerely, Leslie (Rice) Ferguson. 

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Such a great person, the best I have ever known. The joy of camping in the school bus and teaching me to grow a garden. And don't forget swimming in my Dad's pool.

I was blessed to have him in my life on Park Avenue. Much love to the entire family. He will be missed.

I Love you all. Johnny

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Dear McCarraher Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.  I will always cherish the fond memories Jackie and I had with Sonny, Dotty and the family.  From Tuckahoe Acres to the parties in Coatesville, he was a very special, loving, caring family man and I can still hear his laugh.  He will be missed by many and please know if there is anything I can do, do not hesitate to contact me.  Love you Dotty and hugs to you and your family.  He is with God now and is suffering no more.  RIP Sonny. 

Much Love,

The Bastardi Family

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Dear Dotsie and family,

       We will always treasure the memories of seeing you as we came to Bethany each visit.   Sonny and Dotsie were not just fine neighbors but became an adopted part of our family at the beach.  I loved walking down to sit and chat and hear stories from Sonny about just about anything in life!   He was a positive person and never let obstacles get in his way.   He was quick to smile and lend a hand if needed.  My children believed you were their "beach grandparents" and still love stopping by to check on you.  He was a good man with a wonderful wife and family of whom he was extremely proud.  He will be missed but we have many fine memories and converstations to remember him by.   Now he can become an angel and watch over all of us each and every day.


Barbara Monahan and family

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Dear Mike, Karla, and family,

So sorry can't be with you all at this time, but am sending my love, prayers, and deepest sympathy across the many mile that separate us. Mike, regret I never had a chance get to know your father better, but have heard so many good things about him and your dear mom, that I know he was well loved and will be sorely missed by so many. God Bless & Keep each of you that are grieving, and grant you peace and healing.

Holding you in my heart and prayers. Abundant love ..... Emilie, Mom, Great MiMi

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