In Memoriam

David W. Paca, retired from the treasurer's office, dies


2:27 p.m., July 24, 2012--David Warfield Paca, 77, of Greenville, S.C., died June 3. 

Mr. Paca, a University of Delaware alumnus, worked in the UD Office of the Treasurer, in accounting and budgeting, for 23 years. He was a generous supporter of UD sports and attended many other activities on the campus. 

He was born in Quantico, Va., on March 20, 1935, and was a descendant of William Paca, governor of Maryland and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

Mr. Paca attended Virginia Tech before graduating from the University of Delaware. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during the Vietnam era. His first job was with Armstrong Cork in upstate New York and southern Delaware, before moving on to the University.

Before total retirement, Mr. Paca was a successful real estate agent with Gilpin and Patterson Schwartz. He was an enthusiastic sailor in the waters of the Chesapeake, as well as an avid reader, exchanging books with his brother, Bill.

He enjoyed travel, stamp collecting, camping with the boys, walking on the beach and in the mountains, and working on small building projects. Some of his favorite past times included playing with his various dogs and cats, and feeding the birds.

Mr. Paca was preceded in death by his first wife, Judy, and their young son, Davie.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; sons, Jeff, Carl and Terry; step-daughter and son, Betsy and Chuck; as well as his brother, William, and his wife, Gene; six grandchildren, one niece; three nephews; and six grandnieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington. A Celebration of Life get-together will be held in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the William Paca House & Gardens in Annapolis, Md., a cause that Mr. Paca supported through the years and that was dear to his heart.

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