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September 16, 1994 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Bailey McBurnette Sr., an ace auto mechanic who was still advising on how to fix cars until two weeks ago, died Sunday. He was 82 and lived in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. Born in Leesville, S.C., McBurnette dropped out of school at 11 to help support his large family. He came to Philadelphia in 1929 and began what would be a lifelong career as an auto mechanic. He worked for Pollow Chevrolet, Yellow Cab Co. and the Hog Island Lumber Co., and then became an auto mechanic supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service.
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June 26, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CLARENCE QUEEN was a man of many talents. He could restore an antique car, remodel a house, sing professionally and make unique sculptures that won prizes. Clarence used his knowledge of auto mechanics and auto restoration to create sculptures out of auto parts and other discarded material, which were exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City galleries. "I fell in love with his art when I first saw it," said Marilyn Kai Jewett, who worked with Clarence to promote his art. "I had never seen anything like it. Clarence was a very unique sculptor.
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June 28, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK TORPEY JR. had a busy life, as a carpenter and auto mechanic, not to mention husband and father of four - but his first love was music. More specifically, singing. Frank was a tenor who sang with local doo-wop groups, some that cut a few records that got local airplay, and were featured on Jerry Blavat's former TV show and with Georgie Woods on Channel 17. He was also a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was rated 100 percent disabled due to a back injury and exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
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August 16, 1990 | BY LARRY MCMULLEN
Sixteen-year-old Nicole Siligrini was sobbing last night for her brother, Anthony, who was lying in a room in the trauma center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was being prepared for his seventh operation in the last 10 days. Nicole, a student at St. Maria Goretti High School, had just come from visiting with Anthony. She had been asked to be brave for her brother. "She didn't cry in front of him," said Nicole's mother, Linda Siligrini, as she cradled her daughter in her arms to comfort her. An aunt was kneeling on the floor in the waiting room, praying aloud to God to spare her nephew.
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June 27, 1999 | By Barbara Boyer, Oshrat Carmiel and John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
James D. Gunning was a friendly, outgoing man, neighbors said. He held a job for more than six years as an auto mechanic in Feasterville. And he and his wife of six months seemed happy in their new Huntingdon Valley home. By all appearances, Gunning's life was going well until last month, when he was charged with aggravated assault in Mercer County. Then authorities upgraded it to attempted murder as police said they began uncovering a completely different side of Gunning. Authorities charged him last week with two other attempted murders in Camden County and said he was a suspect in the killings of 10 young blonde women in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, all of them thought to be prostitutes.
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June 16, 1992 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Brenda J. Payton Hill, singer and producer, died Sunday. She was 46 and lived in the city's Germantown section. Raised in North Philadelphia, Hill started singing at the age of 5 in the choir of Polite Temple Baptist Church. By age 14, she was singing with the group, The Joylets. The family said she was discovered by Deejay Georgie Woods and through the 1960s and 1970s, Brenda and the Tabulations recorded records such as "The Touch of You," "Where There's A Will, There's A Way," and "It Was Right On The Tip Of My Tongue.
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May 8, 1998 | by Tom Schmidt and Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writers
Alfonso Cruz had made a new life for himself, as a family man and auto mechanic, in Paterson, N.J. He was working at his job at a Goodyear Service Center there yesterday when FBI agents arrested him as a fugitive in the slaying 20 years ago of a South Philadelphia woman, Mary Dupoldt. Philadelphia police said Cruz fell victim to the computer age. A police spokesman said investigators, who had a couple of boxes filled with information on Cruz, scanned the name of the fugitive through a new software package called Fast Track, and found that he worked at the service center.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
A Gloucester County man has been charged with stealing more than $22,000 from the Clayton Little League while serving as its treasurer, officials announced Wednesday. Joseph A. Schlosser, 47, of Clayton, was charged with third-degree theft. The money was taken over two years, according to the county Prosecutor's Office. Schlosser was arrested late Tuesday after a two-month investigation. The missing funds came to light in late spring after vendors reported nonpayment of bills and bounced checks.
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May 21, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelo J. Pennacchia, 85, of Springfield, Delaware County, a mechanic and decorated World War II Army veteran, died of renal cell cancer Wednesday, May 18, at home. Mr. Pennacchia grew up in West Philadelphia and trained as an auto mechanic. During World War II, he drove tanks and motorcycles in the 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion under Gen. George S. Patton's command in northern France and central Europe. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart.
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May 3, 1987 | By Frank Langfitt, Special to The Inquirer
Anthony J. DeLucca, 84, of Strafford, a retired auto mechanic, died April 19 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. DeLucca was born in Berwyn, and he married his wife Jennie Coppola in 1925 in Philadelphia. Mr. DeLucca spent 40 years fixing cars in Main Line garages. According to his wife, Mr. DeLucca developed a love of automotive work at an early age. "He started working on cars (when) . . . he was 15 years old," DeLucca said. "He was always interested in cars. " When Mr. DeLucca wasn't working on other people's cars, he worked on his own. During his lifetime, he owned a number of antique cars, including a 1938 Chevrolet.
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June 26, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CLARENCE QUEEN was a man of many talents. He could restore an antique car, remodel a house, sing professionally and make unique sculptures that won prizes. Clarence used his knowledge of auto mechanics and auto restoration to create sculptures out of auto parts and other discarded material, which were exhibited in Philadelphia and New York City galleries. "I fell in love with his art when I first saw it," said Marilyn Kai Jewett, who worked with Clarence to promote his art. "I had never seen anything like it. Clarence was a very unique sculptor.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The legal problems just keep mounting for reputed mob associate Ronald Galati Sr. Already under arrest in a murder-for-hire plot in Philadelphia, and under scrutiny from a Pennsylvania grand jury probing insurance fraud, the 63-year-old auto mechanic now faces federal charges alleging that he offered to pay three men to kill the boyfriend of his daughter Tiffany, 33. In an indictment unsealed Thursday, federal prosecutors in Camden accused Galati...
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April 25, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A Southwest Philadelphia auto mechanic who admitted killing a SEPTA trolley driver on orders of the driver's jilted girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 60 years in prison. Miguel Gonzalez, 39, said nothing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced him in the May 31, 2012, shooting of Aaron Hayes Sr. The sentence was negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman and defense attorneys Susan Ricci and Francis Carmen as part of Gonzalez's guilty plea to third-degree murder and conspiracy.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the next year or so, a car or truck dealership somewhere is going to be very happy to see Jillian Lukatchik, now 20, walking in the door. "You know you are going to be working your butt off," Lukatchik said cheerfully. She's on the road to graduate from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Exton with a specialty in Cummins engines for diesel trucks. At the Philadelphia Auto Show at the Convention Center, it's all about the bling - the latest models, the latest engineering, the latest automotive loveliness.
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June 28, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK TORPEY JR. had a busy life, as a carpenter and auto mechanic, not to mention husband and father of four - but his first love was music. More specifically, singing. Frank was a tenor who sang with local doo-wop groups, some that cut a few records that got local airplay, and were featured on Jerry Blavat's former TV show and with Georgie Woods on Channel 17. He was also a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was rated 100 percent disabled due to a back injury and exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
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March 1, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Keleshian, 90, of Broomall, a World War II gunner who received the coveted French Legion of Honor 67 years after seeing action in the skies over Europe, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Last February, during ceremonies at the French Embassy in Washington, Mr. Keleshian was named one of 24 "chevaliers of the Legion of Honor," France's highest civilian award, said his daughter Janice M. The medal, reserved for U.S. servicemen who helped liberate France from the Nazis, is similar to the U.S. Medal of Honor.
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July 28, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Whelan marched along Chester City streets this week, followed by a small cadre of supporters, handing out leaflets, patting pit bull puppies, and shaking hands. Though it may have appeared that the redheaded Delaware County district attorney was campaigning for office, he wasn't. Whelan was out Monday to knock on doors in the troubled city and give residents contact numbers for his office, listen to their concerns and complaints, and occasionally enforce the peace. His hope, and that of Joseph Ryan, chief of the county Criminal Investigation Division, who accompanied him, is that residents will call police if they see a crime or have knowledge about any unsolved homicides.
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January 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Slobodzian, 85, of Glenside, a master engineer and mechanic, died of brain cancer Wednesday, Jan. 4, at home. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Mr. Slobodzian grew up in Nicetown and graduated in 1944 from Simon Gratz High School. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Maritime Academy in 1946, he was an engineer in the Merchant Marine aboard freighters and oil tankers in the Atlantic. He also served in the Navy Reserve for 15 years, until 1961. Mr. Slobodzian was an auto mechanic and a factory worker, and had other jobs before opening a printing business in 1950 on Venango Street.
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January 6, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Herbert Lambert didn't teach his son to read defenses, shed blockers, or explode through tackles. He taught him to change spark plugs, replace timing belts, and rotate tires. He also taught him to make the most of every moment in every period during a school day. "My father believes that every minute you are in class you can learn something," Quanzell Lambert said. Quanzell Lambert surprised some folks on Thursday by announcing that he plans to attend Rutgers University on a football scholarship.
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August 10, 2011
A Gloucester County man has been charged with stealing more than $22,000 from the Clayton Little League while serving as its treasurer, officials announced Wednesday. Joseph A. Schlosser, 47, of Clayton, was charged with third-degree theft. The money was taken over two years, according to the county Prosecutor's Office. Schlosser was arrested late Tuesday after a two-month investigation. The missing funds came to light in late spring after vendors reported nonpayment of bills and bounced checks.
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