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William V. Milford

January 26, 2023


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William V. “Skip” Milford

January 26, 2023



William V. “Skip” Milford, formerly of Ashley, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2023, at Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia, Maryland, after a long and challenging battle with cancer.


Born December 29, 1951, Skip was the son of the late Ida May and late Henry “Pete” Milford. He graduated from Ashley-Sugar Notch High School and East Stroudsburg College, where he could often be found on the basketball court. He lived most of his life in Ashley, Pennsylvania, having just recently moved to Ellicott City, Maryland. Skip was a retired school teacher from the Lake-Lehman School District and a beloved coach at Lake-Lehman, Hanover Area, and King’s College. He was a team player both on and off the softball field and basketball court, but most importantly, he was a mentor and friend to more people than his family can count.


Skip is preceded in death by his mother and father, grandparents, and uncle Harry Hess. He is survived by his dear wife of 45 years, Deborah A. DeLuca Milford; his wonderful children, Ryan (Leann) and Megan Milford; grandchildren Colby, Bryce, and Addyson Milford; sister Judy (Bernie) Gurnari; aunt Vern Hess; nephews Salvatore, Bernie Jr. (Jenn) and Nick Gurnari, Robert (Meghan) and Tony Jr. DeLuca (Kat); brother–in-law Anthony DeLuca, as well as numerous cousins, former players, teammates, and dear friends.


To Skip, his family was the most precious thing in the world. His time spent with the people he loved was something he always cherished. Skip’s greatest joys included sharing his love of sports with Ryan, watching Megan perform, cheering on Sal at every football game, and simply being around his grandchildren. His presence will always be missed, but his legacy lives on through those who love him most.


The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Gilchrist staff for their care and support given to Skip.


A visitation will be held on Monday from 4-7 pm at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.


Funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the Main Chapel of St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1594 S. Main Street, Hanover Township.  Rev. Carol E. Coleman will officiate.  Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum.  Those attending the service are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday morning.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Skip’s name to Coaches vs Cancer or Gilchrist Hospice Care in Howard County.


Donations links:

Coaches vs Cancer: (link for online donations; or checks can be mailed to American Cancer Society ATTN: Coaches vs Cancer NEPA PO Box 862 Carnegie, PA 15106.)


Gilchrist Hospice Care:

(Howard County) 6336 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044


Arrangements are by the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Baltimore, MD.