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Lacrosse community mourns loss of Walter DeBruin, 19, of Salesianum School, Wilmington U.

Sunday, 13th September 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 9/13/20
From Press Release

The Wilmington University athletics department and men’s lacrosse team is mourning the loss of incoming student-athlete Walter deBruin who passed away unexpectedly from an acute asthma attack on Sept. 6. He was 19 years old.

“Walt was going to be a terrific addition to the program,” head coach Christian Zwickert said. “Walt was quiet and reserved off the field, until you got to know him, and was a strong and aggressive offensive midfielder, using his 6-5 frame to his advantage. He was going to be perfect for Wilmington and Wilmington was going to be perfect for him. We all mourn his loss and are praying for him and his family during this extremely difficult time.”

“The news of Walter’s passing was heartbreaking for the University and lacrosse community,” Director of Athletics Dr. Stefanie Whitby said. “We were looking forward to Walter joining our men’s lacrosse team and knew he was going to make an immediate impact. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the deBruin family and friends.”

Walt graduated from the Salesianum School where he played varsity lacrosse and had just begun his sophomore year at Wilmington University, transferring in from Hood College in Frederick, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Hockessin.

“Walt was a very talented player,” said Salesianum School head coach Bobby Healy. “A three year Varsity letter winner. He was an outstanding teammate and brother who always had a smile on his face. We will make sure we are there to support the DeBruin family through this difficult time.”

Walter Finley deBruin Obituary:

Walter Finley deBruin died unexpectedly on September 6, 2020 from an acute asthma attack. Walter was 19 years old.

Walt was part of a large family.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walter deBruin; his beloved step grandfather, David King; and his uncle, Michael deBruin. Walter is survived by his mother, Paula Castello; father, David Walter deBruin; his sister, Elizabeth deBruin; his brothers, Jack and William deBruin; his grandparents, Liz King, Jim and Frances Castello; and his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He will be sorely missed as they cope with the shock of his death.

Walt had a wide circle of friends.  He lived life to the fullest, enjoyed almost all sports, ate enough for two people and loved spending time and going to concerts with his friends.  Walter would have celebrated his 20th birthday this Friday, September 11th with his twin brother William.

Walter had just begun his sophomore year at Wilmington University, after spending his freshmen year at Hood College. Walter was a gifted athlete and a very social person. He loved lacrosse and everything associated with it.  Walter graduated from the Salesianum School and Saint Edmonds Academy. He also attended Linganore High School in Maryland.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, September 9th at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, September 10th at Saint Mary Of The Assumption Catholic Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE.

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