Thomas W. McKinley, 84, personnel director

Posted: March 26, 2013

Thomas W. McKinley, 84, of Broomall, who worked in the personnel departments of companies in the area for 37 years, died Wednesday, March 20, of respiratory failure at home.

Mr. McKinley lived in Broomall for 58 years, although he was born and raised in West Philadelphia, where he graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1946.

He earned an undergraduate degree in business from what is now Drexel University. While there, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He earned a master's degree in business from Temple University in the early 1990s.

He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After his discharge, he worked in the personnel department of Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Philadelphia from 1954 to 1957, Fischer & Porter Co. in Hatboro from 1957 to 1960, Madway Main Line Homes Inc. in Wayne from 1960 to 1965, and, finally, Quaker Chemical Corp. in Conshohocken.

He retired in 1991 as personnel director after 20 years of service.

Mr. McKinley was a member of the Church of the Holy Comforter, where he served as a lay reader and rector's warden and on the vestry. An animal lover, he was a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery County SPCA.

Mr. McKinley was a member of the Plymouth Whitemarsh Rotary Club from 1971 to 1991. The club honored him with its Plymouth Whitemarsh Man of the Year Award in the 1980s.

In Broomall, he was a coach for the Larchmont Little League in the late 1960s, leader of Cub Scout Pack 122 of Newtown Square in the late 1960s, and president of the Worrall Elementary School PTA.

He married the former Janet Hartzell on Sept. 11, 1954. The two met in high school.

"I could say his sentences before he finished them," she said.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 58 years, are a son, T. Mason; daughters Mindy Mussari and Meredith Gerhard; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 1000 Burmont Rd., Drexel Hill. Friends may call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.

Donations may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, 19 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.

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