Alfred Patrone Jr., 38; Began Footwear Chain

Posted: April 19, 1996

Alfred M. Patrone Jr., 38, of Glen Mills, who established the Foot Stop stores in the Philadelphia area, died of cancer Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

His wife of nine years, Sharon Kozisky Patrone, said her husband never complained about his illness.

``He was my hero,'' she said. ``He told me to just keep the faith, that this was God's will. He had eight friends that he knew since first grade, and when they heard he was sick, they organized a fund-raiser called `Friends for Friends.' More than 1,400 people showed up.''

One of his lifelong buddies, Frank Long, said Mr. Patrone was a hard worker who enjoyed going to sporting events.

The first Foot Stop, an athletic-footwear store, was opened in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center in Broomall in 1978. He later opened three other Foot Stop stores, two in Philadelphia and one in Upper Darby, and franchised three in the Philadelphia area.

Shortly before he became ill last year, he sold his businesses and started working for Halloween Adventure Shops in Broomall.

Mr. Patrone was born in Philadelphia and raised in Springfield. He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1975.

He was a member of the Small Business Association in Delaware County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Breana, Gia and Tara; his parents, Alfred M. and Marlene M. Patrone; his grandmother, Dora Maroni; two sisters; and a brother.

A viewing will be held after 6 tonight at the O'Leary Funeral Home, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 651 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.

The family suggests contributions, in lieu of flowers, to the Al Patrone Foundation for Those in Need, c/o Beneficial Bank, Lawrence Park Shopping Center, Broomall, Pa. 19008.

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