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William R. Hewton, Jr.

November 18, 1930 — March 26, 2023

Kennett Square, PA


William R. Hewton, Jr., 92, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on March 26, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer.  He was the husband of Susan B. (Jones) Hewton with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.  Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of William R. and Eliza Burrows Hewton.  Bill was a 1952 graduate of Penn State, where he earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and was a member of the Triangle Fraternity.             

He joined the DuPont Co. in 1952 serving in the Atomic Energy, Film, Polymer Products, and Agrichemicals Departments, retiring in 1986.  His work allowed him to locate in four domestic areas including North Augusta, SC, Circleville, OH, Westfield, NJ, and Wilmington, DE.  He served in management positions involving manufacturing, sales, planning and business development. These assignments also allowed him to travel internationally.                                             

After retirement, he served the Kennett Township for 22 years as a member of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and representative to the Regional Planning Commission.  He was a volunteer to many non-profit groups including the United Way and the Kennett Senior Center.                                       

He was a long-term member of the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf and tennis with his friends.  His real passion was piloting and flying a single engine aircraft for almost 30 years to many locations with his wife and friends.  He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen Society, Wilmington Hangar, and enjoyed his association with the interesting members of the Kennett Koffee group. 

In addition to his wife, his survivors include brother, Thomas;  son, Robert;  daughter, Cathryn King; stepdaughters, Ellen Irving, Carol Smith, Abigail Fleming, and Sarah Smith; along with 12 grandchildren.

Services and interment will be held privately.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut Street, Kennett Square PA 19348) and/or the United Way of Southern Chester County (106 W. State Street, Kennett Square PA 19348)

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square.  To share a memory with his family, please visit                                                                                                                                                          


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