William Hubbard Macklin Jr. “MAC” 88
Resident of Milford, DE passed away peacefully Nov.14, 2023 at Delaware Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Lincoln, DE to William H. Macklin Sr. and Ethel Dean Macklin.
After graduating Milton High School, he obtained his Xray technician certification in Philadelphia, PA. He was employed in several local hospitals over many years.
After enlisting in the US Army Reserves Medical Corp., he was transferred to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital Denver, CO till his Honorable Discharge in 1963. He was also employed at Webb Paving Co. as office personnel, as well as, obtaining his real estate license serving the surrounding communities.
In 1984 he entered entrepreneurship with Charles “Chuck” Kable purchasing the historic “Marshall House” on Front St. in Milford where it was renamed “The Banking House Inn Restaurant”. In 1984 they lovely restored the 1787 mansion and received an “Outstanding Improvement Award”.
In 1986 they accepted six awards from the Chronicle for favorite restaurant poll, as well as, receiving admirable recommendations from area food critics. Word spread quickly of the restaurant’s impeccable reputation for fine food and entertainment. They had the pleasure of hosting many family and community events. He spoke of many colorful stories with guest such as, President Joe Biden (Senator at the time) and wife Jill hosting their southern Delaware Christmas events. Other popular guest was “Darla” from the Little Rascal TV show, David Hawk – Mr. USA & Mr. World bodybuilder, just to name a few.
The people person that he was he enjoyed entertaining and had a flare for cooking but also enjoyed stepping out at his favorite restaurant where everyone knew his name. His interest included playing the piano, a competitive card game, spending hours on a puzzle and an avid reader of a good book. He was fond of animals, feeding stray cats begging at his door.
He was well known in the community where he never meant a stranger, immediately engaging them in conversation or a comment with his quick wit and dry humor.
Preceding him were sisters Edith “Jessify” Reedy, Irma Schurman and Audie Wilkins.
He leaves behind his brother Charles Macklin (Joyce).
A son, William “Blair” Macklin (Cheryl), grandchildren, Nicole Macklin, Robert Macklin (Laurie) four great grandchildren, Cole and Landen Macklin, Joshua Hodge and Rylee Farris. Several nieces and nephews and their families.
We are truly thankful to all his family and many friends who were there for him up to the end. The local Hospice team went above and beyond with their compassionate care for him and the family. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in his memory to Delaware Hospice, Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or favorite charity of your choice.
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