DONALD RICHARD DETWILER was born on June 15, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Frank Detwiler and the former Elva Brown. The Detwilers were still in Philadelphia when the census was taken in 1940. Frank Detwiler was then working as a punch press operator at a steel mill. By 1943 the family moved to Camden, settling in at 1916 Pierce Avenue in the Cramer Hill neighborhood, where he grew up with brothers Keith and Wayne, and three sisters, Joyce, Francine, and Marilyn.  

Don Detwiler served in the United States Navy. After his service to his country, at the urging of his life-long friend Jim McEvoy, he applied to the Camden Fire Department. He was appointed to the Department on September 5, 1973 and served for 25 years, retiring on October 1, 1998.

Don Detwiler was married to Barbara Ann Abbatelli. The Detwilers were blessed with five daughters, Barbara Ann, Joyce, Sharon, Dawn, and Michaele. 

Last a resident of Sicklerville, Don Detwiler lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 77.

Camden Firefighters Reunion Dinner
The PUB - Pennsauken, New Jersey - September 15, 2011

Vince Ardire -  Don Detwiler
Ron Angemi - Don Detwiler
photo by Dave Hernandez
Don Detwiler - Denny Deal - Jim Hillman
Don Detwiler - Paul Capizola - Jim Johnston
Paul Capizola - Jim Johnston - Don Detwiler - Herb Leary

Herb Leary - Don Detwiler - Jim Johnston

Camden Courier-Post * August 12, 2013

Donald R. Detwiler

AGE: 77 Sicklerville

Donald Richard Detwiler also known as Teflon Don, age 77, residing in Sicklerville, New Jersey, raised in Cramer Hill? lost his final fight to lung cancer. Born on June 15, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Survived by daughters, Joyce A. Fogel, Sharon L. Sikes and Kevin A.Sikes, Dawn M. Sullivan, Michaele D. Detwiler; grandchildren, Lori Gephart, Marlana Colontonio, Jason Long, Leah Long, Laurel Sikes, Mason Sikes and Max Sullivan; great grandchild, Alexus Colontonio; sisters, Joyce Lello, Francine Charning, Marilyn Wagner; brother, Keith Sass. Predeceased by his 1st wife, Barbara Ann Abbatelli Detwiler; his 1st child, Barbara Ann Long; his Brother, Wayne Detwiler; parents, Frank Detwiler and Elva Brown. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Don Detwiler has been a great friend to so many people and to his daughters, he is a true hero. He was a firefighter for the City of Camden for 25 years and has earned the respect of so many people. He loved his job and his fellow firefighters whom he worked with side by side for so many years. His trust in them and theirs in him day after day for 25 years has earned each one of them the respect and friendship that has lasted them a lifetime. He served, although short, honorably in the US Navy. He has touched so many lives in so many ways. We all are so blessed to have known such a great man. He was adventurous and loved the outdoors. He cared for all living things regardless of how small. He was free spirited and loved peace. He did stop to smell the roses. He enjoyed his neighbors and was always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed music of all kinds and found a special love in Jazz. He studied music in his younger days played the sax and the piano. He loved to travel and found enjoyment in taking a cruise. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and always felt he owed it all to his lifelong friend Jim McEvoy. It was Jim McEvoy who encouraged him to join the Camden Fire Department back in 1973. He has many, very dear lifelong friends, whereas most people have only a few. He was a dedicated Father to 5 wonderful girls, who have been his pride and joy. He has loved them with his whole heart and has always been a very important part of their lives. He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren. He was a big part of many lives. He was a very wise man with so much to share. He enjoyed his life to the fullest. The greatest words he ever spoke were just last month that he had nothing on his bucket list. He said he was blessed enough to have done it all. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Love, from everyone you have ever known. 

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Wednesday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights. His Service will begin at 7:00 PM. Interment private. Please visit for further information.