Former Pa. Legislator James M. Mcintyre, 75

Posted: October 09, 1991

James M. McIntyre, a retired state representative, died yesterday. He was 75 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia.

A lifelong resident of Kensington before moving to the Northeast four years ago, McIntyre retired seven years ago after serving 10 years in the Legislature. For six years he represented the 178th District. When it was redrawn, he was elected to a four-year term in the 180th District, but was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1984 by Ralph Acosta.

McIntyre was known as a legislator who was accessible almost any time, day or night, and kept his district office on Allegheny Avenue near Front Street open long hours five days a week. Former administrative aide Joseph Minner said, "His word was his bond. He was another Bill Barrett."

McIntyre's daughter, Nancy Huffnagle, who also worked in his office, said her father "had a big heart and was very generous to people." McIntyre, leader of the 7th Ward for more than 20 years until he retired in 1986, was one of the first ward leaders to support Mayor Frank L. Rizzo when Rizzo broke with Democratic Party boss Pete Camiel.

Rizzo did not forget McIntyre's early declaration of loyalty. For years McIntyre had a direct pipeline which could get immediate results for constituent problems. McIntyre served for a time as first vice chairman of the Democratic City Committee.

A meatcutter by trade, McIntyre at age 43 suffered a stroke. After learning to walk again, he went into politics. McIntyre could deliver votes in the 7th Ward and was known to stick by his word, no matter how political winds shifted before election day. His daughter said a lot went out of him when Rizzo died last July. She said, "He used to say he was just staying around 'to vote for my mayor.' "

He was a graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and had been a member of St. Hugh's Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to his daughter, Nancy Huffnagle, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Bronwen Pickton; another daughter, Barbara Ferrara; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Elizabeth Donahue and Anna Curran. A son, James McIntyre, died in 1977.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Church, Cottman Avenue and Hawthorne Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Hulmeville Road below Bristol Road, Cornwells Heights, Bucks County.

Friends may call at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Fluehr & Sons Funeral Home, 3301 Cottman Ave. There will be no viewing tomorrow night.

MARY E. VALLERY

Mary E. Vallery, who traveled widely and made lifelong friends wherever she

went, died Sunday. She was 67 and lived in the city's West Mount Airy section.

Raised in South Philadelphia, the former Mary Pope received a nursing certification from Jefferson Memorial School of Nursing but married and began a family before she was able to go into the work force. Her husband, retired Army Lt. Col. Jerry Vallery, was stationed in various parts of the United States and Europe during his 22 years in the military.

"She was a wonderful woman. My wife had friends all over the world. She was able to reach out and have enduring friendships, and she maintained them," Vallery said. He said she was a woman who was always very involved in their children's lives.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown and belonged to its Senior Choir.

In addition to her husband of 48 years, she is survived by three sons, Jerry Jr., Steven and Edward H.; two daughters, Maxine McMillan and Michelle McDowell; three brothers, Preston, James and Rubin Pope; a sister, Mahalie Omar; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 W. Johnson St., where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

WILLIAM 'BOTTLES' ROMANO

William "Bottles" Romano, a retired Common Pleas Court officer, died Sunday. He was 78 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Romano had been an officer in the courts of Judges Victor DiNubile and Vito Canuso from 1964 until he retired in 1968. He had previously been employed

from 1960 to 1964 in the state Revenue Department's sales tax division and for a time worked for the Philadelphia Water Department.

A family member said, "Bottles was always the life of any get-together or party." Friends said he was a look-alike and talk-alike of comedian Jack E. Leonard.

An Army veteran of World War II, for 50 years he had been a Republican committeeman in the 26th Ward, and lived in the 17th and Jackson streets neighborhood. Romano was a member of St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church.

His late wife was Dorothy Romano.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Rudolph; a sister, Rita Delario; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner streets. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

Friends may call between 7 and 9:30 tonight at the Carto Funeral Home, 2212-14 S. Broad St.

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