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September 5, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr., 84, a former Philadelphia district attorney and longtime criminal defense attorney in high-profile cases, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his son F. Emmett Fitzpatrick III said Wednesday night. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a resident of Crest Haven Nursing Home in Cape May Court House, N.J., for four years, his son said. Mr. Fitzpatrick served as district attorney from 1974 to 1978. He was recruited by the Democratic Party to run against incumbent District Attorney Arlen Specter in 1973 and won a surprise victory.
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August 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like a sentry who doesn't know how to dress for the job, Rock Hill Road looks too post-industrial- disheveled to be one of the main gateways to Lower Merion Township. After more than a decade of planning, work finally is beginning that could dress up a thoroughfare where once-mighty quarries have been supplanted by a hodgepodge of small buildings, body shops, and open lots. On the south side of Rock Hill Road near Belmont Avenue, not far from the Schuylkill Expressway, the steel skeleton of a 14,000-square-foot CVS pharmacy is rising.
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July 31, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN YOU'RE one of 13 children, who needs friends? Robert Collins had a built-in playground with all those siblings. Maybe there was a problem when more than one had to use the bathroom, but basically all the brothers and sisters got along and enjoyed one another as playmates. Robert was the 10th of the 13 children of Jeannette Collins and Henry Stokes, and grew up in West Philadelphia. A man of many talents and interests, Robert was employed for 25 years by the international real-estate company Tishman Speyer, working in engineering on the Bala Plaza complex in Bala Cynwyd.
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July 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Gordon Winkler, 62, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia architect and bluegrass music lover, died Tuesday, July 1, of cancer at his home. Mr. Winkler's passion was architecture and design. "He believed in the power of good design to influence the vitality of cities, and in the preservation of buildings as a connection to the past," said his wife, Marion "Mimi" Converse Winkler, also an architect. He also enjoyed mentoring the next generation of architects. Mr. Winkler was raised in North Wilkesboro, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
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July 1, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alex L. Pronzato, 73, of Philadelphia, the founder and former president of the construction firm Pronzato & Associates Inc., died Monday, June 16, of cardiac complications at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Pronzato attended North Catholic High School before graduating from Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University. He also served in the Marine Corps. "Alex was a man's man, known for his rugged good looks, undeniable charm and a trademark engaging smile," his family said in a tribute.
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June 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Sendrow Tarnopol, 77, of Mount Laurel, owner with her husband, Sheldon, of the former Philadelphia and Lower Merion retailer Tarnopol Furs, died Thursday, June 19, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after a fall. Mrs. Tarnopol, known as Buni, was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Overbrook High School in 1954. A son, Neil, said that Sheldon Tarnopol's grandfather Max began the business, first in Russia, then in New York City. Between the early 1900s and the 1950s, Tarnopol Furs was at 16th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia, before moving in 1956 to the City Line Shopping Center in Philadelphia.
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June 13, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Lower Merion School District's plan to create a school bus parking lot on Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd has some residents steaming. More than 100 people filled Lower Merion Academy, a historic house next to Bala Cynwyd Middle School, on Tuesday for a meeting of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd. Doug Young, the school district's director of community relations, knew what was coming. So township commissioners in attendance told the crowd to save the pitchforks for the district's elected officials, who were at Harriton High School's graduation.
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May 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Georgia B. Hansen, 83, of Gladwyne, a civic volunteer, died Wednesday, May 7, of cancer at Lankenau Hospital. Raised in Bala Cynwyd, Mrs. Hansen graduated from Lower Merion High School, and the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. She and husband Gerald J. Hansen Jr. settled in Gladwyne to start a family. During her years there, she focused on raising four children and caring for her ailing mother. Mrs. Hansen taught Sunday school and chaired Azalea Day for St. Christopher's Church in Gladwyne.
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April 29, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Joseph Francis McElwee Jr., 87, of Berwyn, president of United Machine & Tool, died of esophageal cancer at home Tuesday, April 22. Mr. McElwee, who attended Roman Catholic Mass daily, devoted his life to his late wife of 60 years, Therese; their 14 children; 47 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his faith, daughter Donna Marie said. "He loved his family and always wanted his faith to be front and center," she said. Mr. McElwee attended St. Matthias Grade School in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1944.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeanne Faith Coryell, 89, of Philadelphia, a freelance artist, died Friday, March 28, of an infection at Symphony Square, an assisted-living facility in Bala Cynwyd. A well-known figure in the Philadelphia art community, Ms. Coryell was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Plastic Club, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity. She was a frequent participant in juried exhibitions at the Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
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