William Flournoy, 96, of Southwest Philadelphia, a carpenter and former drawbridge operator on the Schuylkill, died of heart failure Thursday, Jan. 2, at his home.
Mr. Flournoy retired in 1981 after 25 years with the city as a drawbridge operator, first for the Grays Ferry Bridge, and starting in 1976, for the University Avenue Bridge.
"Carpentry was his real love. The bridge work, with its down time, gave him enough energy to do his carpentry after work," said his daughter Anita Flournoy Nicholson.
She said her father's job, four blocks from home, fascinated the three Flournoy children. In the summer, they would take a blanket, go down the stone steps and sit on the cool river bank beneath the bridge.