Daniel Amoroso, 77; Ex-meter-reader Chief

Posted: January 05, 1998

Daniel Amoroso, a retired chief of meter readers for the city of Philadelphia, died Friday. He was 77 and lived in the Packer Park area of South Philadelphia.

Amoroso worked for the city for 40 years, retiring in 1990. He was in charge of meter readers for the entire city and was over the district supervisors. The percentage of residences and businesses read was so high that other cities would inquire about his programs and methods. One of his methods was a strong work ethic.

``He would have never retired. We forced him to do it,'' said Constance ``Connie'' Porreca, his daughter. ``He was there all the time. I think they had to hire two people to replace him when he left. He would go in at 6 in the morning and come home late in the evening.''

She said her father had been meticulous and always preferred doing a task himself rather than delegate it, even at home.

Raised near 7th and Pemberton streets in South Philly, Amoroso was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School and a Navy veteran of World War II. His father, Andrew Amoroso, had been a district supervisor in the meter-reading department and started with the city in the late 1930s.

Amoroso had an artistic bent and was good at doing intricate marble tile work and gold-leafing.

Survivors also include his wife, the former Connie Razzi; a son, Robert Amoroso; three grandchildren, and a sister, Louise Greaves.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Holy Spirit Church, 1845 Hartranft St., where friends may call one hour earlier. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum in Yeadon. Contributions may be made to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111.

THOMPSON T. TERRY SR. Thompson T. Terry Sr., a well-known funeral director and president of the Quaker State Funeral Directors Association, died Wednesday after a brief battle with heart disease. He was 54 and lived in West Philadelphia.

Terry and his brother, Paul Terry Jr., owned and operated the Terry Funeral Home at 4203 Haverford Ave. The funeral home was founded by their father, Paul Sr., nearly 60 years ago.

``He was an excellent brother, an excellent director and a fine human being,'' said Paul Terry. ``He was in a lot of organizations, attended a lot of churches and had a lot of friends.''

Both Terry brothers started out in the business as youngsters polishing brass, cleaning cars and sweeping. Thompson Terry was known to have mentored many young people starting out in the business.

``He was a modest person who was very giving but always wanted to remain anonymous,'' said a family member.

A graduate of West Philadelphia High School, Terry graduated from Penn State University in 1965 with a degree in business administration. In 1967, he graduated from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. That same year he joined his brother in the business.

Terry was active at Lombard Central Presbyterian Church. Terry also was financial secretary of the Quaker City Funeral Directors Association and treasurer of the First District of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.

Survivors also include his wife, Lauretta Rocke Terry, also a funeral director; two sons, Thompson T. Jr. and Gordon F.; a stepdaughter, Lisa Branch-Tucker, and two grandsons.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Lombard Central Presbyterian Church, 4201 Powelton Ave., where friends may call two hours earlier. Friends may also call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Terry Funeral Home, 4203 Haverford Ave. and from 5 to 8 p.m. at New Covenant Baptist Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave, where services will follow. Entombment will be in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.

AUGUSTA MOORE Augusta ``Aunt Gussie'' Moore, a retired seamstress who was active in her church, died Tuesday. She was 101 and lived in North Philadelphia.

Moore had worked as a seamstress for 32 years at the old Trueform Corset Co. in Delaware County. She was a member of East Bethel Baptist Church for about 40 years, serving on the Willing Workers Club and Women's Day. She also was a member of the 2200 Woodstock Street Block Club.

The former Augusta Brandon, known as ``Gussie'' to friends, was born in Halifax, Va.

``She was a loving and devoted grandmother. She was always there when I needed her and she always had that beautiful smile that she gave,'' said Gloria Lipscomb, a granddaughter.

Survivors also include a grandson, Bernard Lipscomb Sr.; four great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Love Moore, died in 1927. Her daughter, Alberta Lipscomb, died in 1995.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at East Bethel Baptist Church, 1329 W. Erie Ave., where friends may call two hours earlier. Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery.

RUBY R. MILLNER Ruby R. Millner, a retired Department of Labor and Industry employee, died Dec. 25. She was 66 and lived in Broomall.

A former resident of the University City section of West Philadelphia, Millner was an unemployment compensation manager for the department and retired with more than 30 years service. Originally from Charlottesville, Va., she was active with AARP.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Millner; three sisters, Alberta Freeman, Alice Roseboro and Barbara Ford, and a brother, Virgil Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ward AME Church, 43rd and Aspen streets. Contributions may be made to the church.

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