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.