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January 14, 1993 | By Marc Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This year's hotly contested race for mayor of Bensalem took off Tuesday when retired township farmer and businessman Joseph "Joey D" DiGirolamo announced his candidacy at his Hulmeville Road home. DiGirolamo, 55, a Republican and owner of D.G.'s Farms, ended months of speculation by entering the race to succeed GOP Mayor Edward F. Burns. Burns decided not to run for a second term. His first one expires at the end of the year. A former state representative, Burns became the first mayor of Bensalem in January 1990, when the township switched from a manager-supervisors system to a mayor-council form of government.
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April 9, 1996 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert Henn, 60, a businessman who loved running and climbing mountains, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at his home in Penn Valley. Mr. Henn was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Drexel Hill. He graduated from Upper Darby High School and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1957. His daughter, Debbe Pavle, said that running was her father's passion. When he was 50, he ran in the New York City Marathon. He also enjoyed mountain climbing.
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June 24, 2000 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Louis Lieberman, 97, a businessman and former member of the Chester County Planning Commission, died of heart failure Wednesday at his home in Malvern. Mr. Lieberman worked as an insurance salesman and later as manager of a department store. He was active in the business community and in Democratic politics for 50 years. In the early 1940s, he was elected property tax assessor of Easttown when open fields and farms dominated the township. In the 1980s and 1990s, he served 15 years on the Chester County Planning Commission.
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October 4, 1999 | By Alletta Emeno, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William L. Jacobs, 75, of Honey Brook, a retired insurance agency owner, died yesterday at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Jacobs lived in Elverson after graduating in 1946 from Muhlenberg College, where he received a degree in business administration. He was a native of Berks County. In the 1950s, he moved to Tucson, Ariz. where he lived for 41 years. Three years ago, he and his wife, Mildred, moved back to Chester County, becoming residents of the Tel Hai retirement community.
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January 31, 1988 | By David Raudenbush, Special to The Inquirer
Robert D. Starr, 62, of Mullica Hill, owner of Robert Starr Furniture, died Friday at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Born in Lisburn, Pa., Mr. Starr was an Army medic during World War II. After serving a full apprenticeship with Upholsters International Local 77 of Philadelphia, he started his own business upholstering furniture in Woodbury in 1955. He moved the business to Mullica Hill in Harrison Township in 1969 and began selling carpeting and furniture. He phased out the upholstering business in 1979.
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December 10, 1989 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Skversky, 70, owner of a Philadelphia company that distributes fasteners, bolts and screws, died yesterday at the American Oncologic Hospital. A lifelong resident of the city, he lived in the Northeast. Mr. Skversky was a self-made man, his son, Jeffrey, recalled yesterday. He worked for another company "until he understood the business" and then started one of his own in the garage of his home. The business "just got bigger" with time, Jeffrey Skversky said, attributing the expansion to his father's "determination, hard work and charisma.
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January 27, 2000 | By Michelle M. Martinez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Theodore Francis Rutkowski, 64, a businessman who contributed to Phoenixville as a member of local civic groups, died Monday at Phoenixville Hospital. Mr. Rutkowski, a native of Bayonne, N.J., lived in Phoenixville for about 25 years. He had been president and a board member of the Poly Chem Corp. since 1995. Poly Chem, formerly part of the Budd Co., manufactures water-treatment systems in Phoenixville. "He was a fine man and not only an executive of this corporation, but he was very involved in the Phoenixville area," said William Crighton, vice president of Poly Chem, which employs about 100 people.
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April 11, 1989 | By Edith L. Dixon, Special to The Inquirer
Michael M. Baccellieri, 76, president of Baccellieri Manufacturing Co. in Berlin, died Saturday at his daughter's home in Merion Station, Montgomery County. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Baccellieri moved to Haddonfield in 1964, and then to what had been his summer home in Margate in 1982. The firm Mr. Baccellieri served as president was founded in 1924 by his father, the late Raffaele Baccellieri. At one time the company was the largest producer of macaroni and wine presses, cheese graters and tomato processors.
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August 5, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expecting a $15 million windfall in September 2011 from a deal involving pre-IPO Facebook shares, Montgomery County businessman Timothy D. Burns agreed to buy a bayside house in Avalon for $4.6 million. When the Facebook deal did not happen as expected, Burns stole from clients of his money-management firm and another business to pay cash for the 4,380-square-foot house. Bad move. At Burns' sentencing hearing Monday in federal court in Philadelphia for the Avalon deal and other fraud totaling more than $19 million, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis said he would give Burns credit for his role in the recent conviction of another fraudster, California-based Troy Stratos.
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July 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
N. Leroy Kirk, 83, a lifelong resident of Broomall and a self-made businessman, died Tuesday, June 23, of complications from diabetes at Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Known as "Le" to those close to him, Mr. Kirk was the son of Nelson L. and Katharine Lewis Kirk. A gentle man with a sense of humor, he was a birthright Quaker who lived a life "of peace and principle," his family said in a remembrance. After graduating from George School in 1950, Mr. Kirk studied engineering at Drexel University's night school.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Wallace Jackson, 69, of Philadelphia, a business and family man, died Saturday, June 13, of complications from pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Leonard and Julia Jackson. Early on, religion claimed an important role in his life. He was baptized at age 10 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and in 2011 returned to worship there. He became a deacon a year later. Known as "Brother Dan" to friends and church members, Mr. Jackson completed his primary and secondary education in the city before graduating from Howard University in Washington.
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June 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alvin Davis, 78, formerly of Wynnewood, a businessman who recognized the potential of the Super Soaker and saw the toy water gun rocket to worldwide popularity in 1990 after he agreed to manufacture it, has died. Mr. Davis died Friday, June 5, from injuries he sustained in a fall while doing a repair at his summer home in Linville, N.C., his family said. Although a resident of Naples, Fla., for the last decade, Mr. Davis was born in Philadelphia. He spent his childhood in South Philadelphia and Wynnefield.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The alleged scheme was all about relationships. The head of a Montgomery County engineering firm wanted to win Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracts to inspect road-maintenance and bridge-cleaning projects, investigators said. So he befriended a retired PennDot employee who had mentored the man in charge of picking the recipients of the agency's six-figure deals. For the businessman, Christopher Czop, the relationship was lucrative, investigators said, with his firm securing more than $800,000 in contracts and him paying himself at least $200,000 annually.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
As South Florida investor Glenn Straub takes over the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in a deal scheduled to close Tuesday, he brings something to Atlantic City that has been in short supply: Cash. Last week, just days before his expected purchase of Revel for $82 million, Straub put $26 million into escrow for another possible deal, acquiring the former Showboat casino from Stockton University. But the 68-year-old native of Wheeling, W. Va., also brings a no-holds-barred business style that has left many deeply embittered by their encounters with the serial buyer of distressed properties such as country-club developments, golf courses, and yachts.
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February 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Beckett Pakradooni, 75, of Wynnewood, a businessman and contributor to fraternity life in Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Lankenau Hospital of heart failure. Mr. Pakradooni worked in his family's business, International Printing. The business was started in Old City by his grandfather, Haig H. Pakradooni Sr., the Persian consul in Philadelphia. When the firm closed in 1983, the younger Mr. Pakradooni joined Packard Press in Philadelphia, and later, Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co., where he was vice president until his death.
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January 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas J. Carbine, 96, of Ardmore, a decorated World War II pilot who later became president of an enameling company and the father of 12 children, died Sunday, Jan. 11, of an intestinal ailment at ManorCare King of Prussia. Mr. Carbine was president of the Quaker City Japanning & Enameling Co., a metal finishing firm at Third Street and Girard Avenue. He sold the building and gradually wound down the firm's operations a while ago. Born in Narberth, Mr. Carbine graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Villanova University.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
From a curved corner property on Passyunk Avenue, his windows packed with merchandise and signs promising to make men look better "if you let us," Abe Mandel has sized up a great many people over the years. Usually, it's to get them into the best-fitting slacks or most flattering shirts. Lately, his focus has been on three men in particular, to determine whether they are the right fit to succeed him at the helm of A Man's Image. He has decided they are. Mandel, 74, proprietor of menswear establishments in the same block of Passyunk (near 12th and Morris Streets)
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January 11, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude B. Kershner Jr., 86, formerly of Bala Cynwyd, longtime owner-operator of an office products firm, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, of heart failure at his home in Audubon, Montgomery County. Mr. Kershner was not one to waste time. In 1952, he went on a blind date with Mary Ellen McCormick. By 1962, the couple, now married, had produced eight children. After a stint as a salesman in 1960, Mr. Kershner bought a small retail stationery store in Upper Darby with three employees. With his family's assistance, he built C.B. Kershner Inc. in Manayunk into one of the largest office products firms in the region.
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