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July 18, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
After getting married two months ago, Scott Matsinger and his new bride decided to delay their honeymoon. Matsinger, a 33-year-old Delaware County teacher, wanted to finish the school year first. So, this month, he and his wife spent a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then planned to extend their trip with a few days with her family at the Jersey Shore. During a bike ride in Wildwood Crest on Saturday, Matsinger felt ill. He stopped, sat on the curb, passed out, and never woke up, police say. The sudden and still unexplained death of the Havertown man has left his community and three schools reeling.
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July 16, 1989 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
Roger J. Dearstyne, 50, an insurance agent, died July 8 at Lankenau Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Havertown about 25 years. Mr. Dearstyne was an insurance agent for about 20 years. Most recently, he sold life, health and fire insurance for The Philanthropic Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Rosemont. "Roger always had his clients' best interest at heart," said Fred DeLuca, the assistant agency director, who also noted that Mr. Dearstyne was a hard worker who would be missed.
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June 12, 1996 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Margaret Mary J. Herron, 77, of Havertown, a shareholder relations representative for Philadelphia Suburban Corp., died Friday of pneumonia at Mercy Haverford Hospital. For the last seven years, Mrs. Herron sold company stock directly to the public from corporate headquarters in Bryn Mawr, and also served as a service representative to stockholders. She previously was secretary to corporate secretary Ray Mysek. "Peggy was a tireless, dedicated worker who always went the extra mile," Mysek said.
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July 10, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Samuel James Passo, 77, who lived in Havertown for more than half a century, died June 29 at his home after a long illness. Born in Reggio, Calabria, Italy, in 1911, Mr. Passo immigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in Philadelphia. At age 12, he began to support his widowed mother, two brothers and sister. In 1936, he married Angelina Lucia of South Philadelphia and moved to Havertown. Mr. Passo began his own company, Drexel Bindery, a bookbinding firm. The company, moved from Clifton Heights to 1306 W. Girard Ave. in Philadelphia, where it grew from 15 to 45 employees.
NEWS
October 30, 1988 | By Yvette Ousley, Special to The Inquirer
George G. Sekula, 74, a retired quality-control inspector who graduated from college at the age of 53, died Oct. 22 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He lived in Havertown. Mr. Sekula fulfilled his dream of attending college when he began attending evening classes at St. Joseph's University in the late 1960s. He graduated in 1973. He had graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia during the Depression. "He had a thirst for education, and he fulfilled his life-long dream while working full time and taking care of his family.
NEWS
October 4, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert M. Speers, 47, of Havertown, a lawyer, died Thursday at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Mr. Speers was struck by lightning Aug. 30 on the beach in Avalon, N.J., on the last day of his family's vacation at the Shore. He never regained consciousness. Mr. Speers was a lifelong member of St. Denis Church in Havertown and had attended the parish school. "He kept up friendships with guys he had gone to kindergarten with," his wife, Elizabeth Bradley Speers, said. In recent years he was among the volunteers who helped renovate the school, which his sons, Daniel and Matthew, now attend.
NEWS
July 15, 2012
A Havertown, Delaware County, woman was in critical condition Friday after she was shot in a home on the 500 block of Wales Avenue, police said. Within minutes of the shooting, Gerald R. Moss, 26, was taken into custody and was to be charged with aggravated assault and other counts, said John Viola, Haverford Township deputy police chief. He said that after police dialed a number from which a call was made to the county 911 dispatch at 1:13 p.m., a woman answered and said she had just been shot by her husband.
NEWS
February 18, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
David A. Watson, 77, a lifetime resident of Haverford Township and a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, died Jan. 29 at his home in Havertown. Although he never pursued a career as a minister, Mr. Watson read works of theology and was an active member of his church, Trinity Christian Reformed in Broomall, where he had taught Sunday school. Most of his life, Mr. Watson worked as an insurance agent with Prudential Life Insurance in Narberth and Havertown. He retired in 1975.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Ashley Kuhn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among the paintbrushes and drill bits and grass seed, the aisles are full of local banter - about Notre Dame football, Haverford Township leaf collection, a customer's lawn project. Stephen Allen, manager of Jacob Low Hardware, will be in the thick of it, giving advice and direction about what to buy while all 70 pounds of P.J., a tan-and-white mixed-breed dog, remains steadfast on his perch in the old wooden chair by the window. The shop, founded in 1930 by Jacob Low, is a throwback to a time when hardware stores were as much a part of the neighborhood as barber and sandwich shops.
NEWS
December 25, 2012
A Delaware County man has died of injuries he received Saturday after being struck by a car, police said. Michael Betzala, 58 of Havertown, was attempting to cross West Chester Pike at 9:50 p.m. near the Llanerch Fire Company when he was hit by a car driving south on Darby Road attempting to turn left, police said. The driver remained on the scene and Betzala was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police were informed Betzala died of injuries Monday.
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July 18, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
After getting married two months ago, Scott Matsinger and his new bride decided to delay their honeymoon. Matsinger, a 33-year-old Delaware County teacher, wanted to finish the school year first. So, this month, he and his wife spent a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then planned to extend their trip with a few days with her family at the Jersey Shore. During a bike ride in Wildwood Crest on Saturday, Matsinger felt ill. He stopped, sat on the curb, passed out, and never woke up, police say. The sudden and still unexplained death of the Havertown man has left his community and three schools reeling.
SPORTS
April 21, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin Moran estimated that 60 to 70 people, mostly from St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown, gathered Saturday at coach Bill Clinton's home to remember Ryan Gillyard. "He was a really good kid, a really good athlete," said Moran, who was Gillyard's basketball coach at St. Denis in fifth and sixth grades. "Everyone is so upset over losing him. I can't imagine how his family is getting through something like this. " Gillyard, a 15-year-old freshman football player at St. Joseph's Prep, died Saturday morning after collapsing briefly after warm-ups during a spring workout session at the team's practice field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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April 7, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kerry Walters Jr. might not be attending the University of Pennsylvania without the help of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. It would have been too costly. His family's finances were stretched thin, partly because his father, a Marine, was wounded during the Vietnam War and his earning ability was affected by deteriorating health. But the foundation came to the rescue, as it has for nearly 33,000 others since it was established in 1962. It provides Walters $2,500 a year, over and above other grants and financial aid. "By lifting some of my financial burden, the scholarship has allowed me to worry a bit less about financing my education and has given me more time and energy to dedicate towards school," said Walters, 25, a sophomore and mathematics major who grew up in Chaska, Minn.
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March 4, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas W. Vahey, 79, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1999 as a petroleum blender at the Arco refinery in South Philadelphia, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday, Feb. 27, at a relative's home in Havertown. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Vahey graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic Boys High School in 1953. Mr. Vahey worked in a produce warehouse before joining Arco in the late 1960s, daughter Charlene Dempsey said. Though Mr. Vahey had not played high school football, Dempsey said, he was a quarterback in the semiprofessional Triangle League from the 1950s into the 1960s, when he was in his mid-30s.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Robin has a strategy for fielding strangers' queries about her son: She simply answers every question in the affirmative. "Is his father tall?" Yes. "He has so much hair! Did you have a lot of heartburn?" Yes. "Did you have a long labor?" Oh, you have no idea. She was in her mid-30s before she realized that pregnancy was not a prerequisite for parenting. "I never felt the urge to pop a human out of my body," she says. A genetic legacy wasn't important to her. But, increasingly, she longed to raise a child.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there The smoked salmon started it. A group of friends had dinner in Doylestown one spring evening in 1991. Somebody invited Lori, someone else invited Linda. Only the two of them wanted that particular appetizer, so they shared it, talking over the plate and enjoying their talk as much as the food. Lori had to leave after dinner - she had work early the next morning. Linda walked her to her car, and asked for her phone number. "We had so much in common," Linda said.
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December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"I'M JUST GOING to the gym to work out . . . hopefully there won't be any problems. " Joseph Pacini recorded that statement in a YouTube video railing against police in Delaware County. About 30 minutes after the video was posted online yesterday, Pacini, 52, of Clifton Heights, died in a hail of gunfire at a Drexel Hill intersection after he allegedly tried to mow down a cop with his Nissan sedan, officials said. The deadly shooting was preceded by a pursuit through Delaware County, after law-enforcement officials from Haverford Township and Clifton Heights tried to arrest Pacini on a warrant for terroristic threats and related offenses, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said last night.
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December 26, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sister Eileen Marie Sheehan, 86, a longtime elementary schoolteacher, died Monday, Dec. 8, of coronary artery disease at McAuley Convent in Merion. The youngest of nine children, Sister Eileen Marie attended St. Francis de Sales School and West Catholic High School for Girls. After graduating in 1946, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, and professed her vows in 1949. She spent 30 years in elementary education within the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Her assignments included stints at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, both in Philadelphia; St. Matthias in Bala Cynwyd; St. Denis in Havertown, and Holy Martyrs, in Oreland.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Jay A. Desjardins, 84, formerly of Havertown, a retired internist, died of pneumonia Sunday, Nov. 23, at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Dr. Desjardins practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Havertown, and was an attending physician at Fitzgerald Mercy, Riddle Memorial, and Delaware County Memorial Hospitals. His family said he was a respected doctor at a time when diagnostic imaging and laboratory studies were unavailable, and when health care was very personal.
NEWS
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
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