Delia Will (nee Evans)

July 24, 1938 to May 12, 2024


Died peacefully at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s after lengthy illness, surrounded by those who loved her. Delia lived a rich and happy life, balancing artistic and career interests with a home filled with children, as well as a sixty-three year-long marriage to her late husband Ray. Left to remember are her children Gavin (Amanda), Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s; Nicola (Yvon), Saint Camille, QC; Stephen (Chin), Orillia, ON; Lisa (Richard), Ottawa, ON; Thi Phan (Gaël, St. John’s; and Michael, Ottawa, ON. Grandchildren Alice, Francis, Benjamin, Cameron, Raphaëlle and Antoine.

Born in Newcastle, United Kingdom, to Edith (Girvin) and Thomas Evans, Delia’s childhood was formed by her father’s passion for sculpture and beekeeping and her mother’s interests in flowers, choral music and politics. She met Ray during a canal boat cruise with her parents in 1957 and the pair were later married, though not before a courtship that involved Ray regularly hitchhiking 500 kilometres from London. They had their first three of six children in the UK before emigrating to Canada – living in Montreal, Nova Scotia and Ontario, and then settling permanently in Newfoundland.

Her artistic talents were initially expressed with textiles through batik and tie dying, but she soon moved on to metalwork; initially silver was her chosen medium, then she and Ray moved to pewter. This eventually led them to establishing Delia Pewter, creating jewellery and household ornaments such as bowls, candleholders and vases. She became a fixture in this province’s artisan crafts scene and volunteered with the NL Crafts Council.

Prior to starting a family Delia had worked as a “human computer” for the BBC in England due to her capacity for multiplying large numbers. She did not work again for a salary until her children had grown, when she obtained a job at Memorial University’s Queen Elizabeth II Library. Delia derived tremendous satisfaction working at the library, particularly the camaraderie of her workmates.

Delia also shared Ray’s interests in track and field and on many weekends she could be found on the sidelines officiating races, a good number of which would feature up to three of her children. Music was a lifelong passion and she derived enjoyment from playing piano and singing in choirs. Delia loved animals; in addition to keeping dogs and cats—and even a turtle she found along a roadside—her fondness for elephants was reflected at home in figurines and art.

She especially enjoyed travel, exploring Canada and the world with Ray through their business, track and field, and on ocean and river cruises.

Delia’s family is forever grateful to the caring staff at both Cambridge Estates and Pleasant View Towers for the care they provided to her. To honour our mother’s request cremation has been arranged and there will be no service.  We invite you to remember Delia in your own way or make a donation to the NL Craft Council and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

“Toodle pip”



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To the Will family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always so kind whenever we met at the library or through cross country and track events. Both of your parents are certainly remembered well and had a great impact on so many. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Thinking of you at this time. She is a great loss to her family and others.

Kathy Porter

Delia was my mom away from home. I spent hours and hour at Ray and Delia’s house and did so for more than 30 years. At one point I ended up living with them for a semester at the tail end of my university days. She always treated me like one of her own and I absolutely loved our conversations. They were nothing but fond memories.

Momma, I will miss you but will love you always,

To all of the Will family, I express condolences on the loss of our friend and fellow craftmaker, Delia. Best wishes from the board and staff of the Craft Council NL.

I am very sorry to hear of your Mom’s death.. I know she endured a long illness. Delia was a wonderful person. She was kind, artistic and supportive. presence at the track.
Let her rest in Peace.

Thinking of you with sympathy.

To the Will children and their families,

Delia and Ray Will were an important, influential part of our family life and still are wonderful to look up to. What a joy it is to meet gifted people with almost unbelievable abilities. Delia’s artistic depth and work ethic was impressive. Together, Delia and Ray supported each other in their artistic and running pursuits locally and nationally.. They were a team like no other in our in our life, and I salute and thank them for their friendship.

Til we meet again. Love from John Moyes

To all of Delia’s family; please accept my deepest and sincere condolences. Delia was a joy to spend time with and to get to know her and her family was a pleasure.

My condolences to the entire Will family. Many great memories of your mom and dad from the days on Military Rd. I can picture your mom so clearly coming up from the basement in what looked like an astronaut suit after working on her pewter. She was always very kind to me and welcoming. She’s reunited with her Ray now which no doubt was her happy place.

My husband and I send our condolences to the family. I was so honored to have met Ray and Delia in the 1990s in St. John’s. I will never forget their kindness. Love, Kathleen and Kenn

Gavin and Amanda ,family and friends we send our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your precious mom!
Regards and hugs Trish and Bill Dodd

Gavin, Our Deepest Sympathy to you and all the family!!

I am very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences.

Isabelle Salesse
Gaël’s colleague from the Yukon

Sympathy to the family. Delia and Ray were always so kind, friendly, and welcoming. Their friendship over many years was always a bright spot. My condolences to all the Will family. Elsa Flack and Sharon Sharpe

Saddened to hear of Delia’s passing. She was a pleasure to know and to have spent time with over the past few years at Pleasantview Towers. She loved to hear me sing and even told me I was good at it. She would often tell me ” I like you, you’re always happy” in which I would reply, “well because you are such a pleasure to be around” I will miss her dearly as well as her loving family who I am sure she is so very proud of because of how highly she spoke of them. Rest Easy Delia ……somewhere over the rainbow 🕊

Our condolences to all of you on the loss of Delia. Thinking of her, and Ray, today. With love, from Kathy, Neil, Connie and Lewi. X

Mike, Thi and family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I always looked forward to seeing her work at the Christmas Craft Fairs. She was a very talented artist.
Sending you lots of love from Ontario.
Sarah Jamieson

To The Will Family,
Our sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time.
Your mom was a lovely lady.
Joe and Cathy Ryan

Gavin, Amanda and family;
A beautful life lived. With fabuolus memories shared over her many years. Carry them with you always.

Dean and Sharon

Gavin and family,
So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this sad time.