Theodore J. Wycheck, Retired Police Officer

Posted: December 09, 1994

Theodore J. "Teddy" Wycheck, a retired Philadelphia police officer and sportsman, and father of Washington Redskins fullback Frank Wycheck, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday. He was 53 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia.

Wycheck spent his entire 26-year career at the 24th District at

Front and Westmoreland streets.

He retired in May 1992. He had been employed for the past year as a driver for the Benjamin Rush Clinic in the Northeast.

"He was the most generous, giving, hard-working man I've ever met," Frank Wycheck said. "At one point he had three jobs and usually was working two."

Raised in Olney, Ted Wycheck was a running back on the Cardinal Dougherty High School football team. Years later he was a solid third baseman for the 24th District softball team.

He loved sports and was extremely proud of his son's success, but he was no ''Little League father" who jumped fences to manipulate his son's coaches or career.

Young Wycheck said his father always had confidence in him. "When I didn't think I'd make it, he always stood by me and said I'd make it if I worked hard enough."

George Britner, a retired Philadelphia police officer who worked the 35th District, was a

pal of Wycheck since their teens.

"He was a nice guy, very well-mannered and thick-skinned," Britner said. ''He could take a lot . . . never got upset.

"He did his job every day. He was an excellent policeman. He was a good man. A good family man."

Wycheck served in the Army as a military policeman in the early 1960s. He was a member of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Survivors also include his wife, the former Marie Grink; another son, Ted; his father, Clement, and a granddaughter, Deanna.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Calvary Roman Catholic Church, 11024 Knights Road. Burial will be in Forest

Hills Cemetery, Philmont and Byberry roads.

Friends may call between 7 and 9 tonight at the Burns Funeral Home, 9708 Frankford Ave. Contributions may be made to the church.


Bryant L. Ward, a retired employee of the old Frankford Arsenal and a leader in his church, died Monday. He was 78 and lived in Mount Airy.

Ward, who worked in the clerical section at the arsenal, later worked for the Army Electronics Command. He was an Army veteran of World War II. When he retired from federal employment he had a total of 33 years of government service.

Originally from Hamilton County, N.C., Ward attended Western Salem State

College for two years. He moved to Philadelphia in 1941.

A short time later he joined Union Baptist Church, where he served for many years as recording secretary of the Board of Deacons, financial secretary of the Board of Trustees, general superintendent of the Sunday School and chief administrator of the Daily Vacation Bible School.

For a time he owned and operated a store on 19th Street.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen; a son, Daniel; three grandchildren, Deann, Jenean and Bryant Ward; a great-grandson, Daniel Carter; a sister, Bessie Keel, and a brother, Richard Warren Ward.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Union Baptist Church, 1910 Fitzwater St., where friends may call an hour before. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park, Route 202 and Route 3, West Chester.


Mary E. Hopkins Seymour, a retired supervisor at the old Mercy Douglass Hospital and a community activist, died Tuesday. She was 92 and lived in the Eastwick section of Southwest Philadelphia. Seymour worked at the hospital for more than 20 years and was supervisor of the laundry when she retired.

She had been active with the Condemnation of Eastwick organization in the late 1950s when that group opposed tearing down homes to make room for a business development. She also campaigned vigorously to obtain playgrounds and safe play streets for youngsters in the community.

Seymour was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board. She also belonged to the American Woodman Lodge of Elmwood and had been active in Democratic politics.

"She had a special love for children," said longtime family friend Maggie

Powell. "She often baby-sat for children in this area for free, before and after school and on weekends."

Seymour, who was born in Millsboro, Del., completed high school at the House of Good Shepherd boarding school in Germantown. Her husband, Fred Seymour, died in 1944.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Hopkins; a daughter, Nancy Kahaulelio; a grandson, Joseph Kahaulelio, and a great-grandson, Cornell.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 61st Street and Haverford Avenue, where friends may call two hours before the services. Burial will be in Mount Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill.


Stanley J. Sobel, a retired trucker and shipper, died Monday. He was 82 and lived in Glendora, N.J.

Sobel, formerly from the 2nd and Tasker streets neighborhood of South Philadelphia, was employed by Modern Hard Chrome Co. in Pennsauken, N.J., retiring about 18 years ago. He was a member of the Young at Heart Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth P. Lustanchas; a son, Stanley J. Jr.; a daughter, Judith A. Sobel; a sister, Lillian Tylo, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon today at St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church, Runnemede, N.J.

Entombment will be in New St. Mary's Mausoleum, Browning Road, Bellmawr, N.J.

Contributions may be made to the Samaritan Hospice, P.O. Box A, 214 W. 2nd Ave., Moorestown, N.J. 08057.


James T. Richards Sr., a retired employee of the old Frankford Arsenal, died yesterday. He was 72 and lived in Grays Ferry.

Richards worked at the arsenal for 35 years as a tool, die and gauge maker. He retired in 1977. He was one of the founders of the Grays Ferry Credit Union in 1977. Richards was an Army veteran of World war II and was discharged with the rank of corporal.

His late wife was the former Peggy Brennan.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Bogle, Denise Bolc and Meg Schwartz; two sons, James T. Jr. and Michael, five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, 29th and Dickinson streets. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon.

Friends may call between 7 and 9 Sunday night at the Shea Funeral Home, 29th and Dickinson streets.

Contributions may be made to St. Gabriel's Memorial Fund.

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