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William “Bill” David Haslett, 79, of Newtown Square, PA, entered his heavenly home on Friday, March 12, 2021 while surrounded by his loving family after a decade-long battle with cancer. He was devoted to his family as a husband, father, and grandfather.
He was born on October 10, 1941 to Charles and Dorothy Haslett (née Wolf) in Philadelphia and later moved to Springfield while he was in elementary school. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1960 and joined the Coast Guard in June of 1961 and had his boot camp in Cape May, NJ. After boot camp, he transferred to Groton, CT and also served on the USCGC Half Moon out of Staten Island, NY. While in the Coast Guard, he married Sharon Langley of Springfield in June of 1964.
He was discharged from the Coast Guard in May of 1965 and joined an apprenticeship program for auto body repair so that he could learn how to restore the 1930 Model “A” Ford that he bought from a junkyard six weeks after graduating high school. He started the restoration of the car in 1969 and completed it four years later. In 1982, the car was awarded the AACA National First Prize at a meet in Catonsville, MD. As of July 2020, he had owned the car for 60 years and was proud to say that he still owned the first car that he bought. He was a faithful attendee of the AACA National Fall Meet in Hershey, PA every year. He first attended the annual car show and flea market with his father in 1960. He missed the meet in 1961 while at boot camp but attended every year from 1962 to 2019.
He enjoyed restoring antique cars to their original specifications and taking trips in them with his family. He always said that antique cars should be driven, not just looked at. He also enjoyed model railroading, DIY projects, reading about antique cars, most forms of chocolate, watching westerns, as well as Flyers and Phillies games, and listening to bluegrass music.
Throughout his life, he was a member the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Historical Car Club of PA (HCCP), the Active A’s car club, the Upper Darby Band and Orchestra Parents (UDBOP), and various square-dance clubs, including the Y-Knots, throughout his 49 years active in square dancing with his wife. He held various offices within these organizations, including the Board of Directors of the HCCP, President of UDBOP and Y-Knots, and Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 135 in Upper Darby while his sons were scouts. He and his wife were Co-Chairs of the 1979 Delaware Valley Square and Round Dance Convention in Philadelphia. He was a member of Manoa Community Church in Havertown, PA where he served as a Deacon for one year.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon (née Langley), sons Jack (Jamie) of Newtown Square and Tim (Emily) of Aston, and grandson Dillon. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Cramer (Gene), of New Ringgold, PA in 1991.
Friends and family are invited to the service at Manoa Community Church, 153 N. Eagle Rd, Havertown, PA 19083 on Tuesday, March 23rd at 11:30 AM. The service will be live streamed, starting at 11:15 AM at https://www.facebook.com/Loganfuneralhomes. Friends who do not have access to Facebook, my view the Services here https://vimeo.com/527603696 Calling hours start at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kevin Cain Memorial Foundation via https://gofund.me/c3ff514a. The family also asks that if you have unneeded medical supplies that you donate them to the Caring Hearts Lending Closet (email@example.com). Logan Funeral Home is making all service arrangements.
Kevin Cane Memorial Foundation in Memory of William Haslett