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April 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Jay Snider said he and his five siblings have been amazed by the love and support they have received since their father, Ed, died April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. "It's been overwhelming," Snider, 58, said this week. Ed Snider, 83, was the Flyers' chairman and cofounder. He brought the Flyers to Philadelphia 50 years ago and introduced millions of people to what, at the time, seemed like a foreign sport. They embraced the game and the man who cared about winning more than the fans in the nosebleed seats.
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November 5, 1990 | By Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
Services were to be held this morning for Arthur A. Fioravanti Sr., a retired sales executive, who applied Old World values to achieve New World successes. Fioravanti died Thursday. He was 71 and lived in Roxborough. He was, above all, a devoted father and family man, daughter Gloria Fioravanti said. That devotion, she said, came from his Italian heritage. "He was very family-oriented," his daughter said. "There was a great deal of caring and a deep respect for the elders.
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May 16, 1990 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Alter Evans, a man whose children and grandchildren achieved in life because he told them they could and then showed them how, died Saturday. He was 69 and lived in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Evans died from injuries suffered May 1, when he fell from scaffolding while working. A self-employed contractor for more than 40 years, Evans centered his life around his church, family and work, and he managed to bring them all together into a tight and powerful bond.
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June 18, 1989 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along his tree-lined block in Chestnut Hill, Jesse Levine is known as a warm and trusted friend, a devoted father and a respected coach of community baseball and basketball teams. He's the kind of guy, friends say, who dresses up as Santa Claus on Christmas, greets new neighbors with a bottle of wine and spends hours playing catch with his 6-year-old son. "He is one of the most caring, considerate and loving persons I have ever known," said Sonia K. Ochroch, his sister-in-law.
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February 5, 1992 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Staff Writer
It was the state trooper in Thomas H. Zin that told him not to take something that didn't belong to him - even if it was an old door on top of a trash pile. It was the handyman, the tinkerer, the guy who hated idle time in Zin that told him he had to have the door. "If he saw a door in the trash, he would say, 'Maria, look out for me and see if anyone is looking,' " said his wife, Maria. "And I would say, 'Tommy, it's only the trash.' But he didn't want anyone to see him. " But that was just the way Zin was. Just as he was a loving family man, a great cook, computer buff, tinkerer, career cop and lenient dad. Zin died Monday of a heart attack in his Northeast Philadelphia home.
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May 4, 2008 | By Dwight Ott and Mark Fazlollah INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was a street-smart guy, the kind that other officers want for a partner. He was the proverbial "cop's cop," always doing more than required. Stationed in the 24th District since November, Liczbinski quickly gained the respect of other officers, his commanders and the community. And the 39-year-old was a family man. He had his kids in tow at every police barbecue. In the brown-brick 24th District headquarters in the 3900 block of Whitaker Street yesterday, the flags were at half-staff and Capt.
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January 18, 1996 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Harry J. Black, a retired pressman for the old Philadelphia Bulletin and Inquirer, and a family man, died Sunday. He was 72 and lived in Aldan, Delaware County. Black worked as a pressman at the Bulletin for 39 years. When it folded in 1982, he went to work for the next five years for the Inquirer before retiring in 1987. He had lived in Aldan for the past 35 years. "My dad was a devoted family man who worked hard all his life to provide for us," said Michael Black, one of his sons.
NEWS
September 7, 1999 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
The world of doo-wop skipped a beat Thursday with the passing of Johnny October, a lead singer of the Four Dates. The Philadelphia-based group gained popularity in 1957 with their recording of "Eloise" and "I'm Happy. " They also toured nationally on Dick Clark caravans with headliners including Fabian, Duane Eddy and the Cadillacs. October also was a member of the Four J's in 1963 when they cut "Here I Am, Broken Hearted" and the cult classic "By Love Possessed" - both of which are still spun weekly by local oldies radio shows.
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March 2, 1994 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Maurice "Morris" Fowler, a dedicated family man, died Sunday. He was 83 and lived in West Philadelphia. Fowler had worked as a laborer for the Barrett Roofing Co. in Philadelphia and had been a member of the Teamsters Union. His son, Imam Shamsud-Din Ali, is the resident Imam - minister and leader - of the Philadelphia Masjid, one of the largest Muslim congregations on the East Coast, and is director of education for the Clara Muhammad School 46th Street and Wyalusing Avenue.
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April 18, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
RANDOLPH Nero Mills was the kind of grandfather every kid should have. He had nine grandkids and attended just about every event they were involved in. Not only that, but he made all of his grandchildren feel like his favorite. And he traveled as far as it took to be with them. Randolph Mills, who was an insurance-claims administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 29 years and who supplemented his income with various part-time jobs, including as night watchman at a funeral home, died April 10. He would have been 82 on May 28. He was a longtime resident of the Germantown/Mount Airy neighborhood.
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May 7, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The family of a Vineland, N.J., man who was fatally shot by police last month has hired a Philadelphia lawyer to conduct its own investigation of the incident. Richard Bard Jr.'s family said Thursday in a statement released by Conrad J. Benedetto's firm that the shooting was "just wrong. " "We just want answers why this happened," said Dana German-Bunton, Bard's mother. "There are too many unanswered questions. " Authorities said Bard, 31, and John Bain, 31, also of Vineland, robbed a man near Seventh and Cherry Streets in Vineland around 1 a.m. April 17. Police arrived and chased Bard and Bain on foot, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said.
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April 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Jay Snider said he and his five siblings have been amazed by the love and support they have received since their father, Ed, died April 11 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. "It's been overwhelming," Snider, 58, said this week. Ed Snider, 83, was the Flyers' chairman and cofounder. He brought the Flyers to Philadelphia 50 years ago and introduced millions of people to what, at the time, seemed like a foreign sport. They embraced the game and the man who cared about winning more than the fans in the nosebleed seats.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 39-year-old police officer in Haverford Township died Sunday after a sudden illness, his department announced Tuesday. William Albertus, a seven-year veteran of the force, suffered a medical emergency April 10 while playing ice hockey in a police league, said Chief John Viola. Albertus, who was married with three young children, died of natural causes at Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a week, Viola said. "He was a great family man," Viola said.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
JAMES "JIM" THORPE, a former limousine driver and fork-lift operator who cared deeply for his family, died Wednesday, March 23. He was 101. Mr. Thorpe was born July 26, 1914, in Rocky Mount, N.C., to Willie and Lola Thorpe. One of several siblings, Mr. Thorpe came to Philadelphia as a young man searching for opportunities to work. Here, he met Allie Mae Lee Thorpe, his wife of 75 years. She died in 2012. The Thorpes, who lived near 55th Street and Lansdowne Avenue in West Philadelphia, had one child, Jamesina Thorpe-Smith, who died of cancer in 1991.
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January 14, 2016 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
MANY LONGTIME residents of West Philadelphia retain fond memories of Uncle Pete's barbecue pit at 52d Street and Baltimore Avenue. Those who were children especially remember hanging out at the pit in the summer, where they enjoyed the delights of free food, snacks, and the best water ice in West Philly. At Christmastime, Pete sold Christmas trees at the same location, and it was no surprise that his family had the biggest tree to decorate on Christmas Eve. A loving family man, Pete - Lawrence James Cook Sr. - "had the gift of creating wide-eyed smiles from his children and grandchildren with Christmas surprises," his family said.
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December 24, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
MAYBE SAM SMITH was familiar with the Postal Service credo: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. " Whether he knew it or not, he lived it. Sam was a letter carrier in Southwest Philadelphia, where his customers swore they could set their watches by his arrival with the mail. "Many joked about how he was the only letter-carrier that no matter how hot the summer sun blazed, he never broke a sweat while in complete uniform from top to bottom with long-sleeve shirt and tie and shoes militarily spit-shined daily," his family said in a tribute.
NEWS
November 24, 2015
I WAS REALLY surprised to read John Smallwood's article on Donovan McNabb. I've enjoyed reading his columns since his arrival at the Daily News . His "Don the Con" article, however, sorely misses the mark. Reading about Donovan's DUI has saddened me. The first thing that struck me was that his recent behavior was so unlike the amazing athlete, family man and good citizen that we have come to know over the last 15 years. Smallwood's take is that McNabb is a phony. Whereas we see Allen Iverson with all his warts, McNabb hid his darker side so that he could get a job in broadcasting after his playing days were over.
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November 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'I don't feel comfortable killing people unless I have to," says Scary Mob Guy No. 1 to Scary Mob Guy No. 2. It's a typical scene from Esquire Network's brilliant, mordant crime dramedy Spotless . "I saw this thing on National Geographic about karma," Scary Mob Guy No. 1 continues. "If you choose to do something bad instead of having to do it, it increases the sum of negative energy. " The first scripted series from the basic-cable channel, the French-British co-production - which first played in March on Canal+ in France - has its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Saturday with a 10-episode first season.
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October 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jessica Cruz's coworker walked over to her Monday afternoon and said a homicide detective had been on the phone, looking to speak with her, Cruz knew something had happened to her boyfriend. Omar Lopez, 24, was supposed to have spent the previous night with his best friend and to have returned home that morning. When he failed to show, a worried Cruz called the friend's house, but he, too, said Lopez had never appeared. Cruz left for work with a sense of mounting dread. And when the homicide detectives called that afternoon, "I thought the worst," she said.
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October 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
MANNY ANDRADE surrounded himself with flowers. At work, at home, everywhere he went. Even now, brightly colored geraniums line the sidewalk in front of his house in North Philly. They're in bloom, growing, just as Andrade was. He told friends in recent months that he had "finally arrived" in life: a marriage, a home he renovated himself, a schedule that allowed him to eat dinner with his family every night. But two heartless punks took all of that away, gunning down a family man on his way home from work.
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