Robert F. Wynne, 69, descendant of early settler

Robert F. Wynne
Robert F. Wynne
Posted: July 23, 2013

Robert F. Wynne, 69, of Broomall, a direct descendant of Dr. Thomas Wynne, an original settler of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, July 17, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home.

Thomas Wynne, a friend and physician of William Penn, accompanied Penn on his initial 1682 voyage to America on the ship Welcome. The doctor was a justice of the peace and first speaker of the provincial assembly before dying in March 1691.

The town of Wynnewood in Lower Merion Township and Wynnefield, an area of Philadelphia, are named after Thomas Wynne.

"My dad had huge pride in the Wynne family history," his daughter Katherine said. "He researched it years ago. He was so excited when he came across our coat of arms."

Born in Bryn Mawr and raised in Ridley Township, Mr. Wynne graduated from Ridley High School in 1961 and earned his bachelor's degree in English and history from Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University, in 1966.

An Army veteran, he served at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Wynne started out in sales with Dun & Bradstreet, worked as a regional manager for Commercial Credit, and owned and operated a machine shop. He was a senior mortgage banker for National City Bank in Plymouth Meeting for 10 years before retiring in 2009.

A lifelong golfer, he learned the game from his father, Hugh, and went on to become captain of his college team in his senior year. The high point of his experience was walking up the 18th hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, "with tears of joy in his eyes," his family said.

While his ancestor Thomas Wynne became a Quaker under Penn's influence, Mr. Wynne was a Catholic. He made three pilgrimages to Medjugorje, a small mountain village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where a figure called the Queen of Peace is said to have left spiritual messages since 1981. During one trip, Mr. Wynne's son, Ryan C., received his First Holy Communion. Mr. Wynne was thrilled, his family said.

Mr. Wynne was well-known for his keen wit.

"While some may remember him . . . for some warmhearted advice, most remember his sense of humor matched with a warm smile. He never forgot that a life without jocularity is no life at all," his family said in a statement.

Surviving, in addition to his son and daughter, are his wife of 39 years, the former Leandra M. Kachinski; daughters Lisa and Sarah E. Bellenghi; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing at 9 a.m. Monday, July 22, will be followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 220 Lawrence Rd., Broomall. Interment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to Comunit√° Cenacolo America, Our Lady of Hope Community, 1050 Tallyrand Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. 32206.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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