August 15, 2015 |
Rabbi Martin Rubenstein, 87, of Upper Darby, a well-known figure in the Jewish community, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of congestive heart failure at Harlee Manor in Springfield. He was the rabbi at Temple Israel of Upper Darby from 1978 until it merged in 2002 with Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall. He served as the associate rabbi in Broomall for many years. On the final day of services at Temple Israel, in June 2002, Rabbi Rubenstein told The Inquirer he was wistful about leaving the old location after 50 years of preaching and serving, but looked forward at age 74 to a new challenge.
August 2, 2015 |
Mark M. Cordes, 59, of Drexel Hill, a landscape designer and community volunteer, died Friday, July 24, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and reared in Broomall, Mr. Cordes was the son of Ruth and George Cordes. He attended Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, and Villanova University. A talented high school athlete, Mr. Cordes earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He received many offers to play football at other schools, but chose Villanova, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing.
June 14, 2015 |
Charles P. Steckel Jr., 84, of Broomall, a teacher and longtime vice principal at the former Monsignor Bonner High School, died Monday, June 8, of cardiac arrest at St. Martha's Manor in Downingtown. Mr. Steckel, a resident of Broomall for more than 35 years, was known for his kindness, generosity, and dry sense of humor. Born and reared in Allentown, the oldest of 12 children, Mr. Steckel told wonderful stories about growing up in such a large family. He worked for Western Electric Co. for two years after graduation from Allentown Central Catholic High School.
April 27, 2015 |
Gary Brennan worked as a bank manager for the former Lenape State Bank in Deptford in the 1980s and 1990s. Then he became an accountant in Philadelphia for Cigna, the health services firm. But "he always had the calling to be a pastor, because he loved people and loved serving the Lord," his wife, Christine, said in an interview. So in 1996, he became a licensed Methodist pastor. On Tuesday, April 21, the Rev. Gary Brennan, 64, of Deptford, pastor at Colonial Manor United Methodist Church in West Deptford, died of leukemia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
March 12, 2015 |
Services for Cayman Naib, the 13-year-old Newtown Square boy whose body was found Sunday after an intensive search involving hundreds of volunteers, will be Saturday, March 14, the family announced Tuesday. The celebration of life will be at 2:30 p.m. at Gooding Arena in the Douglas B. Gardner Integrated Athletic Center at Haverford College. The family has requested that participants wear brightly colored clothing to honor their son's "vibrant spirit. " Contributions may be made to the Cayman Naib Fund at Main Line Animal Rescue, Box 89, Chester Springs, Pa. 19425.
March 5, 2015 |
WSFS Financial Corp. , one of the biggest banks still based in the Philadelphia area, on Tuesday agreed to pay $92 million for Broomall-based Alliance Bancorp Inc. , which operates eight branches in Delaware and Chester Counties. The price works out to $22 a share, a 10-year high for Alliance, which has lately traded around $17, but less than the nearly $24 that Alliance was worth at its 2004 peak. With low interest rates squeezing small lenders, Alliance has been under pressure to find a buyer since 2013, when Illinois-based PL Capital Advisors bought 9 percent of the shares and threatened to run its own candidate against one of Alliance's incumbent directors.
January 27, 2015 |
A Broomall investment start-up has launched two new exchange-traded funds. Underpinning the investment philosophy: tax efficiency. Tax-aware investing makes a lot of sense now that capital gains taxes are so high - nearly 45 percent on short-term capital gains, when including the new Obamacare tax - and some financial planners consider them more important than estate taxes. Alpha Architect was founded by Wes Gray and Carl Kanner in 2010. As a start-up, they initially ran money privately for a billion-dollar family in 2011.
November 30, 2014 |
William R. Jones, 95, of Broomall, a retired pharmaceutical company executive, died Sunday, Nov. 23, of cardiac arrest at his home. Born in 1919, Mr. Jones grew up in South Philadelphia. His early years were filled with school, playing baseball, and working in the family pharmacy at 17th and Federal Streets. He graduated from Central High School and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science - now University of the Sciences - and then Drexel University with a master's degree in chemistry.
September 22, 2014 |
David J. Burke Jr., 67, of Broomall, longtime head coach of the Lower Merion High School wrestling team, died Monday, Sept. 15, of complications from diabetes at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Burke coached the wrestling team for 31 years ending in 2010. He logged 278 career wins and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012. In 1991, he was named national high school coach of the year for his wrestling achievements.
September 3, 2014 |
A slight drizzle began falling, but the teenagers filling up two flatbed trucks in the Acme parking lot didn't appear bothered. This parade assembling in the lot in Newtown Square, Delaware County, was for them. "Everybody look over, there's Mrs. Mathes," a coach told the Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth baseball players on the two trucks. Suzanne Mathes, up on the sidewalk, focused her camera on both trucks. She had grandsons on each, and each were national champs. Sunday's parade was to honor the 15-year-old and 13-year-old teams from Broomall Newtown Babe Ruth.