Joseph J. Duda, 74, GOP leader and city official

Joseph J. Duda
Joseph J. Duda
Posted: January 11, 2014

Joseph J. Duda, 74, a former Republican city commissioner and a longtime ward leader in Northeast Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of an undisclosed illness at Jeanes Hospital.

The Philadelphia native, son of Joseph and Eva Duda, graduated from Roman Catholic High School and Temple University.

In the 1960s, Mr. Duda worked as a salesman for the Philadelphia Gas Works and Stockwell Rubber Co. He married Margaret McGrory in 1963, and the couple had a son and a daughter.

Mr. Duda was named a city committeeman in the late 1960s, his relatives said. He served as a leader of the 66th Ward for 34 years.

He was elected a city commissioner in 1996 and held the office until 2011, when he was defeated by Al Schmidt. He was also a longtime executive director of the Republican City Committee.

"He was very dedicated to politics and his different positions," said his son, Joseph Jr. "On his lighter side, he really enjoyed his grandchildren and spending time down the Shore" in Brigantine.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Duda is survived by a daughter, Laura Lorio, and three grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 12670 Dunks Ferry Rd. Burial will be at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne.

Editor's Note: The story was changed to reflect a change in cemetery.


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