David C. Billet

February 1, 2021

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    • Obituary
      David C. Billet, 71, of Hazle Twp., passed away Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Carmen and Louise (Gerrone) Billet.

      He graduated from Hazleton High School class of 1967, and graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He received his Master’s Degree in Literature from Wilkes University and did post graduate studies at Lehigh University. He studied Shakespeare at Oxford University in England and was a guest lecturer on Western Films at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He also appeared on the Joe Franklin TV show discussing film.

      Besides attending school, David worked at WAZL Radio station from the age of 14 as a disc jockey. At age 16, he attended a telecommunications school in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned his first class Radio Telephone Operator’s license. During college he worked at WHLM in Bloomsburg and post college he worked at WYSP Radio Station in Philadelphia. He was also a member of MENSA.

      David was retired from the Hazleton Area School District after teaching for 36 years, and was an adjunct professor at Luzerne Community College. In addition to teaching, he owned his own businesses, C & F Store and Riff Raff Textiles and Clothing line.

      He was an avid record collector , reader and movie aficionado. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He was also a devoted Katy Perry fan.

      Surviving are his wife of 35 years, the former Raffael Veglia; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws; nieces, nephew, and cousins.

      A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.
    • Guestbook
      Mary Ann Molendini
      Raffael I would like to extend my sympathy and condolences. May the memories you treasure and hold in your heart bring you comfort.
      Lynda Baker
      I was saddened to hear about Dave's passing.  You will be in my prayers.
      Dan Ravina
      My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time.  I will always remember the classic parody Dave made for my retirement party, to the song:
      "New York, New York".......I have the tape, and have shared it many times with family and friends.  May Dave rest in peace...

      With deepest sympathy,

      Danny
      Celeste Taterus
      Raffael, I am saddened to hear of Daves' passing. My prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family.
      Ellen Garrity
      Raf,
        My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your beloved David.
      Robert Quinn
      I am sorry about the passing of my friend and fellow teacher.  He was a very intelligent person and always ready for a good joke. God Bless.
      Vincent Fayock
      Raffael My prayers and condolences for your loss.
      Bob & Elaine Curry
      So saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Fiercely intelligent, adept at discussing music, literature, politics, art and just about anything else, Dave was truly an original. And beyond that, Dave cared deeply about his students and his community. He will be missed. RIP, dear friend.
      Paula & Jake Maurer
      I’m so sorry to hear of Davey’s passing.  It was nice connecting with him on Facebook and we were so glad to meet up with him and Rafael for lunch not to long ago when they were in Florida.  Many fond “cousin” memories from days gone by.  Our condolences to Rafael.  RIP Davey.
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