February 1, 2001 |
James Monroe "Monty" Pratt, a retired bricklayer who was active in his church and the Masonic order, died Friday. He was 82 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. Pratt worked as a bricklayer for 29 years for the Morrissey Construction Co., retiring in 1983. A generally quiet, reserved man, he would open up if someone piqued his interest with a question or comment about world affairs, sports or current events. He could be a most interesting conversationalist because he was so well-traveled and well-read.
April 2, 2014 |
WHEN SALVATORE Giusti arrived in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos to visit his daughter in September 2006, he discovered that a World Series of Poker tournament was scheduled. Salvatore considered himself a fair poker player, having sharpened his skills at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and when he was asked to join the tournament as an amateur, he couldn't say no. The tournament ran for three days, and Salvatore came out No. 30, out of 100 amateurs. "He was very proud of that," said his daughter Antoinette Sottak, who lived in Turks and Caicos for 13 years.
May 24, 1996 |
When the temperature reaches 82, as it did yesterday afternoon, a little cooling off with a garden hose is in order. Paulo Travizan, a bricklayer, took time out to do just that while working on East Market Street in Center City.
January 7, 1990 |
Margaret M. Kelly, 91, matriarch of Philadelphia's fabled Kelly family and mother of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, died yesterday, after many years of ill health, at a convalescent home near Somers Point, N.J. Mrs. Kelly, a former beauty queen, magazine "cover girl" and college athletic director, was the wife of a bricklayer - John B. Kelly Sr. - who became an Olympic rowing champion and a multimillionaire construction and brickwork magnate....
July 24, 2005 |
Nothing quite compares with the experience of leaving a beloved homeland for a strange, new country, as Anneliese Mayer can tell you. So much still comes back to Mayer about that summer in 1955, when she bid a teary farewell to her family in Germany and sailed to New York with her husband, Ludwig, and son, Gerhard. She recalled that time at her Fort Washington home as she spoke about her life. The unbearably hot city, not cool like the Bavarian Alps, and the crowded little house in East Falls they shared with other members of her family, these are the details she says she remembers.
January 16, 2013
Martin M. Brody, 90, of Deptford, a man of many trades, from bricklayer to bartender and warehouse manager, who always found time to serve his local Boy Scout troop, died Friday, Jan. 11, at his home. When two of his sons joined Cub Scouts in the mid-1960s, so did Mr. Brody, known as "Mush. " He was treasurer for Pack 262 in Almonesson, and as they got older, he performed the same duty for Boy Scout Troop 62. While his own children eventually put scouting behind them, Mr. Brody did not. He stayed with the troop as treasurer into his 70s, logging 35 years.
August 4, 2015 |
One in an occasional series Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. "I thought about going back to school," said Martin, of Glenolden, taking a break from work at the University of Pennsylvania's newest dormitory, the New College House at Hill Field. Up on the scaffolding, Rocco D'Angelico, 59, said he managed to keep working as a bricklayer during the recession, but now he's looking toward retirement because of "all the aches and pains in my bones.
October 14, 2009 |
Al Martino, 82, the South Philadelphia bricklayer who became a chart-topping crooner and who also is remembered for appearing as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, died yesterday at his Delaware County home. Longtime friend Jerry Blavat, who last night confirmed Mr. Martino's passing, said he was in shock because he'd had dinner with the singer Monday night at a South Philadelphia restaurant. "He looked fine," said Blavat, the veteran Philadelphia disc jockey, who knew Mr. Martino for five decades.
January 27, 2000 |
Darren Atzert loved going to the drive-in movie theater, dropping in at stores, and strolling along this town's well-kept streets as a teenager. But since graduating in 1985 from Burlington City High School - where he was a varsity wrestler and football player - and becoming a union bricklayer, he had seen too many businesses leave town, he said. He was sick of seeing beautiful properties deteriorate and "For Sale" signs dot the landscape. So he decided to take control. He became mayor.
April 8, 1986 |
After I read that the cost of rebuilding the 61 rowhouses destroyed in the MOVE confrontation has now risen to $130,426 per house, I was curious to see those architectural gems. "They must be something special," I argued with a friend, "because I know someone who is building a large, single, 3-bedroom house in a far more affluent part of the city for $116,900 and that includes the price of the land. " The 6200 block of Osage Avenue has a quaint appearance, as quaint as a drawing in a child's storybook: Two rows of unfinished ticky-tacky little boxes with flat roofs, brick veneer part way up the walls and what, to my untrained eye, appeared to be plywood from there on up. A hardhat just coming off the job asked me, "Well, what do you think of it?"