Antonio Castro Viddy Jr., 32, of Dover, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.


Friends of the late Antonio Castro Viddy Jr., 32, of Dover, may call on the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Viddy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Church of the Holy Cross, 631 S. State St., Dover.

Mr. Viddy died suddenly at home Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.

Born April 1, 1977, in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, he was the son of Vesta Broderick Viddy and the late Antonio Carlos Viddy Sr.

Mr. Viddy graduated from Dover High School in 1995 and attended West Virginia University, where he played football. He returned to Delaware and finished his education at Delaware State University where he studied airway science. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aircraft Systems Management, highlighted by consistent appearances on the dean’s list.

Upon graduating from DSU and receiving his pilot’s license, he worked as a flight instructor for two years. He started his first commercial airline job at Great Lakes Airlines, later becoming a captain at MESA Airlines based at Dulles Airport. In December 2007, he reached his career goal when he accepted a job with Continental Airlines, a legacy airline.

Mr. Viddy’s major focus and attention was always to family. Honor and duty toward fulfilling the roles of husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin were his top priority. On Dec. 15, 2000, his loving relationship with Laurie Ebersole evolved into marriage. During their nine years of marriage they shared and flourished in all aspects of life, love and personal growth. The strength and quality of their relationship was both inspirational and infectious to all.

He was a very well-rounded person who enjoyed every aspect of his life. He was an unbelievably loyal friend, a tremendous leader, and a magnificent image of what a person can accomplish with hard work and dedication. His life was ripe with numerous people who loved him, and whom he loved.

Mr. Viddy was a member of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Church of the Holy Cross, Dover.

He was active in many other endeavors, including the Aviation Career Enrichment Camps for children.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by an aunt, Susan E. Neyor.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Viddy is survived by his wife, Laurie Ebersole Viddy and his 2-year-old son, Maxwell Antonio Viddy, both of Dover; his grandmother, Sylvia Dickerson Broderick; and his siblings, Vestonia, Miguel and Charles, all of Smyrna.

He also is survived by Laura and Jerome Darga and family of Philadelphia, Pa.; Rachel and Massimo Squitieri and family of Philadelphia; and M’Bwende and Jaime Anderson and family of Washington, D.C.

In addition Mr. Viddy is survived by his uncles and aunts, Dr. Cyril E. Broderick and family, Jacob and Sciou Broderick and family, Leona and the Rev. S. Alexander Minor, Thelma and Dr. James Guseh and family, Christopher Z. Neyor and family, Jackie Broderick and family and Anna and Neto Frazier Feijoo and family of Spain; his in-laws, Richard and Arlene Ebersole, Lee Ebersole and family, Linda Learned and family, Jason Ebersole and family, Julie Moran and family; and many other beloved cousins, relatives and friends.

Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antonio C. Viddy Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 8 W. Loockerman St., Dover, DE, 19904; Attn: Heather Standish.

Letters of condolence may be sent and guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.