October 30, 2015 |
With Norristown and Upper Merion coming over from the Suburban One League, the Pioneer Athletic Conference will expand from 10 to 12 teams for the 2016-17 school year. For football, that means a split to two divisions. The large-school Liberty Division will be made up of Spring-Ford (current boys' enrollment number of 935), Boyertown (919), Norristown (818), Perkiomen Valley (740), Owen J. Roberts (659), and Methacton (624). The small-school Frontier Division will be made up of Upper Merion (487)
September 30, 2015 |
Robert W. Shockley, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, a former car-dealership owner, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of Parkinson's disease at his home. The son of Raymond Purnell Shockley Sr. and Helen Davis Shockley, he was born and reared in Darby. He lived in Springfield before moving to Newtown Square last year. As a teenager, he broke many pitching records while playing baseball for Darby High School and was especially proud of his no-hitters. He was elected senior class president and voted best dancer and "Mr. All-Around Personality.
September 29, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Ray Thompson was dangerously close to the cut line Sunday after his bogey at the 16th hole of the U.S. Senior Amateur's second round of stroke-play qualifying. Heading to the par-5 17th at Hidden Creek Golf Club, he needed to make a charge. "I hit a good drive and I was debating whether to go for the green or not and I said, 'Aw heck, I came here to play,' " said Thompson, of Overbrook Golf Club. His 3-wood second shot ended up 35 yards short in the left rough but he pitched his third shot into the hole for an eagle.
September 18, 2015 |
June Miller, 80, of Drexel Hill, a Realtor who created her own agency in Delaware County and nurtured it for more than 30 years, died Thursday, Sept. 10, of lung cancer at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Born to the Thacher family in Stonehurst Hills, Delaware County, Ms. Miller moved to Springfield, where she graduated in 1953 from Springfield High School. She married Ken Miller from Upper Darby. The two divorced after a decade. They had no children. Ms. Miller started in the real estate business at Spano Realty in the late 1970s.
September 9, 2015 |
The Rev. William Atkinson would probably laugh at the idea that he could become a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. The Upper Darby-born priest, who died in 2006 when he was 60, didn't think his life was anything extraordinary. But the team of caregivers who washed, dressed, and fed Atkinson after he became a quadriplegic while in seminary think differently. For them, the man who loved a roast beef sandwich and a beer conducted ministry while displaying a kind of inspiring - and otherworldly - acceptance of his situation that friends and family say they couldn't have mustered.
August 26, 2015 |
The Rev. Joseph Andrew Jordan, 84, an Augustinian friar who served as a teacher and pastor, died Thursday, Aug. 20, of heart failure at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, where he had lived since 1990. Father Jordan was born in Philadelphia to John Jordan and Cecilia McGuigan. He attended West Catholic High School and, after graduating in 1948, worked briefly as a clerk in an engineering firm. In 1949, he entered Augustinian Academy on Staten Island in New York City. He was received into the order as a novice in 1951.
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.
July 29, 2015 |
John Cooke, a former administrator at Drexel University, has been named the next president of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. Cooke, 41, who was most recently Drexel's associate dean of students for campus engagement, will assume the post Aug. 10. His appointment was announced in a joint statement Monday by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education and the Faith in the Future Foundation, the nonprofit that manages 17 Catholic high schools for the archdiocese.
July 16, 2015 |
Samuel J. McGlensey Jr. and Gloria A. McGlensey of Broomall, who were devoted to one another through 67 years of marriage, died five days apart at the Residence at Glen Riddle in Media, where they had lived for two years. Mr. McGlensey, 89, died Sunday, July 5, and Mrs. McGlensey, 90, died Friday, July 10, both of Alzheimer's disease. Because of that timing, the family held a combined funeral Monday, July 13. It was perhaps fitting that the two died so close together, because they had been inseparable, said son Robert J. McGlensey.
June 19, 2015 |
The 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire helped influence the family identity of Dr. Edward Tufankjian, born in West Philadelphia in 1927, son Aaron said. "My father's family," Aaron wrote in an e-mail, was "a very close and proud Armenian family that, like many Armenians, came to the U.S. for a better life, to escape the Armenian genocide, where they lost most of their family. " St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Roxborough was consecrated in May 1967 and, his son said, Dr. Tufankjian "was one of the original members that helped build St. Gregory's.