Desmond Thomas Markey

Desmond Thomas “Des” Markey, age 90, peacefully departed this life on September 21, 2018, with his daughters by his side.

Born on July 14, 1928, in Limerick, Ireland, he was 1 of 7 children to Teresa Elizabeth McGrath Markey and Gerard Francis Stanislaus Markey, and grew up in Dublin, Ireland.

After his mother died in 1940, Des was sent to an orphanage and industrial school, Carriglea Park, in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. He discovered the school’s library, which offered him comfort in a time of sadness, and ignited his passion for reading and history. Des became a lifelong learner, lover of books, and an endearing patriarch who cherished every moment spent with his family. During his life, he had many intriguing jobs such as soldier, furnace stoker, boot maker, cattle herder, crane operator, laboratory assistant, and corporate salesman. He was a true patriot who served in both the Irish Army (1945-1951) and the Delaware Army National Guard (1955-1957).

Des immigrated to the United States in 1955, joining his sisters already living and working in Wilmington, Del. Soon thereafter, he met the love of his life, Anne Teresa Lynch, of Centreville, Del. They met by a chance occurrence at a Christmas party. Des and Anne quickly fell in love. They were married in 1958 at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Church.

Together, they raised their daughters, Paula Teresa and Laura Anne, in their family home at 6005 Lancaster Pike in Wilmington. During this time, Des taught himself chemistry, landing him in what would become a 30-year career with Hercules, Inc., first working as a laboratory assistant and later as corporate salesman.

Des enjoyed golf, wood working, reading nonfiction, refinishing old furniture, listening to Irish music, arguing politics, and spending time with family and friends. In his final year of life, all he could talk about was seeing his newly born “great-grandbabies.”

Des was predeceased by his wife of 50 years; his parents; as well as siblings, Betty Coughlin, Ron Markey, Patsy Markey, Shirley Kebrich, and Gerry Williams. He is survived by his daughters Paula McGowan (Mike) and Laura Mackie Lee; his sister, Dolores Evin; and his brother-in-law and best friend of 60 years, Dave Williams and sisters-in-law, Mary Dempsey (Ross), Betty Lynch, Joan Lynch, and Mary C. Lynch. He is also endured by his 7 grandchildren (and their spouses), Shannon Spaniol (Jeison), Brendan Mackie (Carly), Kevin Mackie (Kate), Blythe Maynard (Mike), Maia Lee, Abigail McGowan, and Michael McGowan; his 2 great-granddaughters, Callie Maynard and Adaline Mackie; and a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends, and fellow veterans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 am, at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Friends may call at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6-8 pm.

Des always had empathy for children, especially those with health challenges and those lacking educational opportunities. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Nativity Prep, 1515 Linden Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 (; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178 (; and The Jack & Jill Foundation, which supports critically ill Irish children (


Submitted by Laura on
I miss you dad.

Submitted by Nan Faile on
What a wonderful and full life. Mr. Markey very much sounds like someone I would have enjoyed meeting and talking with. My condolences to Paula and all the family.

Submitted by Kathy DePiero on
WOW! What a life! Paula, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Submitted by Sacramenta Landrum on
Deepest condolences to the Markey family and friends for the loss of your loved one Desmond. Very soon Jesus Christ will resurrect the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5.

Submitted by Esther on
Laura, May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Glen on
What an incredible man, an incredible life and an incredible legacy he left in such a remarkable family! Eternal rest grant unto him , O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him . May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Lord, comfort those who are grieving. Heal them with your Spirit, give them courage and strength to live their lives in hope and faith. Turn their grief into joy, at the knowlege that those that have died are now in the hands of a Loving, Merciful God who understands and walks quietly by their side. Amen. You do not walk alone, know that you are loved!

Submitted by Arielle on
To the Family: So sorry about the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible tells of times where we won't have to deal with the death anymore at Rev 21:3,4. May you find comfort in the scriptures during this difficult time.

Submitted by Rebecca Roberts on
Grief can be so hard and painful, but our special memories  can help us to cope. I'm sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to share the Bible's hope of a resurrection at a time when there is no more sickness, pain or death right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4