William G. Malloy, 90, funeral director

William G. Malloy
William G. Malloy
Posted: February 21, 2014

By Bonnie L. Cook

William G. Malloy, 90, of Northeast Philadelphia, a funeral director and former chief inspector with a unit of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, of cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospice.

In 1951, after training at H.E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science, Mr. Malloy established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton.

"He was a very compassionate and caring individual," said his son, Sean T. "He was very dedicated and took a very artistic approach to how he did his work."

Mr. Malloy looked for opportunities to help others. Years ago, a man in his neighborhood was being married but could not afford a chauffeured limousine for the occasion.

So Mr. Malloy shined up the funeral home's limo, dressed himself as its driver, and drove the newlyweds to and from the church, his son said.

Just recently, his son learned of his father's kindness when he encountered the groom in a store.

"I didn't even know about it," he said.

Originally from the Brewerytown section, Mr. Malloy graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1943 and was drafted into the Coast Guard. He was honorably discharged as a seaman first class in 1946.

On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Louisa M. Darcy at St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church on Levick Street.

Early in his career, Mr. Malloy needed to supplement his earnings to feed his growing family while his funeral business developed, so he took a second job at L&I.

He worked his way up to chief inspector within one unit of L&I before retiring at midlife, his son said.

Mr. Malloy was a founding member of St. Christopher's Parish on Proctor Road in Somerton.

He was past president of the Somerton Civic Association and was active with the Somerton Lions Club, the American Legion, and St. Christopher's Senior Club.

He was a 53-year distinguished member of St. Katharine Drexel Council No. 3968, Knights of Columbus, and a member of the St. John Neumann Fourth Degree Assembly.

Mr. Malloy loved to travel. In 1995, he and his wife visited Monaco at the invitation of Prince Rainier III.

Mr. Malloy was fun-loving, had a great sense of humor, and was a man of strong Catholic faith who doted on his family. "We always knew we were loved," his son said.

Surviving, besides his son, are daughters Kathleen M. Hubing and Louisa A. Haggerty; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2009. Two sons, William G. Jr. and Kevin M., died earlier.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Christopher's Parish, 13301 Proctor Rd., Philadelphia 19116. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the church. Burial will be in William Penn Cemetery across from the church.

Contributions may be made to St. Christopher's Parish at the address above.



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