William C. Ford Sr.; Retired Police Officer

Posted: March 15, 1993

William C. Ford Sr., a retired Philadelphia police officer, died Friday. He was 71 and lived in Drexel Hill.

Ford served on the police force from 1949 to 1970. He spent his first few years assigned to the Highway Patrol and then went on wagon detail.

In his last 12 years he was assigned to the 18th District at 55th and Pine streets, working security at West Philadelphia High School. After retiring, he

went to work for the Board of Education as a custodian at the Pepper Elementary School and at Lamberton Elementary School in Overbrook, from 1970 to 1981.

Raised near 61st Street and Elmwood Avenue, Ford attended Bartram High School. It was the Depression, so Ford dropped out to help support the family.

During World War II, he served with the Navy in the South Pacific and in later years was a World War II buff who avidly watched television documentaries and movies and read books about it.

After the war, there was never any real doubt about what Ford would do. He came from a police family. His father, Joseph Ford, was a career Philadelphia police officer, as were two uncles, Marty Ford and John Hackett, who had worked the vice squad.

"He loved police work. He enjoyed it thoroughly," said his wife of 51 years, the former Marie V. Hegarty. "He was a fairly quiet man with a very dry sense of humor who was well-loved by people."

His wife said that what Ford truly enjoyed in later years was "being a grandfather, with his beautiful grandchildren." Ford and his wife liked going to the grandchildren's sporting events.

Ford himself was an athlete in his youth and never lost his love of sports. As a youngster he played five years for the Elmwood Cadets, a sandlot football team as an end. During one of his years with the team, it won the city championship.

The Fords lived for many years in the 58th Street and Windsor Avenue neighborhood. After he retired from the Police Department, they moved to Drexel Hill.

Ford was an active member of St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church in Drexel Hill and Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police. He had previously belonged to Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Southwest Philadelphia.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Joseph J. and William C.; a daughter, Margaret M. "Peggy" Rhoades, seven grandchildren; a sister, Betty Livoy, and a brother, Edward J. Ford. A granddaughter, Stephanie Ford Smith, died in September 1992.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Bernadette's Church, 1035 Turner Ave., Drexel Hill, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

Contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 5300 Chester Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19143.

RALPH BIANCO

Ralph Bianco, a machine operator for tailor shops, died Friday. He was 83 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Bianco, a resident of the 10th and Mifflin streets neighborhood, was an Army veteran of World War II. He belonged to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include a sister, Rita Bianco; a brother, William Bianco, and a sister-in-law, Lucy Bianco. Sister Alice Bianco died two years ago.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 9th and Watkins streets, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Browning Road, Bellmawr, N.J.

DR. THEODORE A. FEINSTEIN

Dr. Theodore A. "Ted" Feinstein, a member of the staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died Feb. 10. He was 43 and lived in Philadelphia.

Feinstein had been a staff member and clinician at Jefferson since July 1979. For part of last year he had served as acting chief resident.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received a degree in biology from La Salle University in 1971 and attended Jefferson Medical College from 1971 to 1975. During his first three years as a student at Jefferson he served as president of his class.

Feinstein was a collector of Far Eastern art and had an extensive collection of paintings. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Matthew; his parents, Naomi and Jack Feinstein; two sisters, Arlene Friedman and Annette Goldsborough, and a brother, Michael Feinstein, M.D.

Services were private.

Contributions may be made to Thomas Jefferson Hospital, c/o Development Office, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 315, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.

LEONARD J. TETI SR.

Leonard J. Teti Sr., a retired employee of the Philadelphia Electric Co., died Saturday. He was 64 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Teti had worked for PECO for 30 years, retiring in 1984 as a general storekeeper supervisor in charge of raw materials. He was a member of Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine McDonnell; two sons, Leonard J. Jr. and Michael; a daughter, Patricia Ann Nigro, eight grandchidlren; two brothers, Peter and Domenic, and a sister, Lenora Paglia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stella Maris Church, 10th and Bigler streets. Friends may call between 7 and 9 tomorrow night at the Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Broad and Wolf streets.

Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek roads, Marple Township, Delaware County.

ANTHONY J. SPANO

Anthony J. Spano, a retired employee of the Warwick Hotel, died Thursday. He was 81 and lived in South Philadelphia.

Spano, who lived in the 17th and Wolf streets neighborhood, had been a waiter at the hotel. He was an Army veteran of World War II and belonged to St. Monica's Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Otto and Dante Spano; a sister, Carmela Eller, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Monica's Church, 17th and Ritner streets. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Broad and Wolf streets.

Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Del.

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