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August 3, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
William H. Resch 3d, 68, owner of a metal sales company and a football enthusiast,, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Lafayette Hill. Mr. Resch was born in Philadelphia and graduated in 1946 from St. Joseph's Preparatory School, where he captained the football team. He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., playing end on the football team for four years, which included an appearance in the 1950 Sun Bowl game. After receiving his bachelor's degree that same year, he became a sales representative for metal distribution companies.
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March 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph L. Messa Sr., 89, a lawyer, a real estate broker, and for 50 years the leader of the 59th Ward in Philadelphia, died Sunday, March 9, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Messa, a longtime Germantown resident, moved to Lafayette Hill a decade ago to be near his family. But his many activities were centered in the city. In 1951, he started Messa Realty, a real estate and insurance business in Germantown. He served as a broker and appraiser while also earning a bachelor's degree in business from Temple University and working as a model for the Powers Agency.
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July 9, 2009 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Desmond J. Murtagh, 38, of Lafayette Hill and County Cavan, Ireland, died June 6 of a heart attack in Cavan Town, where he had lived since 2001. The youngest of 12 children, Mr. Murtagh graduated from the Comprehensive School in Cootehill, County Cavan, in 1989. He worked for a year as a carpenter before immigrating to the United States at age 20. Mr. Murtagh lived in Lafayette Hill for 10 years starting in 1991. Initially, he worked with brothers Paul, Raymond, Gerry, and Phillip for their construction company, Murtagh Bros.
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August 27, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
George Hutchinson, 76, formerly of Lafayette Hill, a retired electric company estimator who devoted much of his free time to swimming, died Sunday at his Blue Bell home. He had resided in Lafayette Hill for 47 years before moving to the Normandy Farms Estates retirement community in Blue Bell 10 months ago. For more than 40 years, he worked for the Philadelphia Electric Co., now Peco Energy Co. When he retired in 1984, he was an estimator and detailer. Mr. Hutchinson was born in Philadelphia, attended Northeast High School and graduated from Germantown Academy in 1939.
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August 19, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John P. McCarthy, 67, of Lafayette Hill, a retired certified public accountant who served as a township supervisor and zoning board member, died Saturday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after a long illness. He retired in 1996 after owning and operating John P. McCarthy & Co., an accounting firm, in Lafayette Hill for many years. Mr. McCarthy had been a member of the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors for 16 years, serving as chairman for eight. For the last four years, he was a member of the municipality's Zoning Hearing Board.
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January 31, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Elmer E. Sague, 78, an auto-repair-service and bus-company owner who had been active in firefighting, died Sunday of cancer at the home of a son in Lafayette Hill. A lifelong resident of Lafayette Hill, he opened Sague Auto Service in the mid-1930s and later founded the Sague School Bus Co., which has served parochial schools in the Lafayette Hill area and a school in Roxborough. During World War II, he served in the Army infantry. Mr. Sague was a life member of the Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company and served as its president from 1955 to 1975.
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July 19, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
William N. Billetter, 71, of Lafayette Hill, retired vice president and controller for station WFLN-FM, died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital from complications of a stroke. He retired in 1986 after 25 years with WFLN-FM, Philadelphia's primary classical-music station. He also had been controller for station WFMZ-FM in Allentown and for Magnetic Recorders, a Philadelphia recording firm. Mr. Billetter, who was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Central High School in 1944 and served in the Navy near the end of World War II. After the service, he studied chemical engineering at Drexel University and then earned a degree in accounting from Temple University.
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March 7, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Charles A. Kessler Jr., 72, of Lafayette Hill, a former general contractor and retired insurance adjustor, died last Friday at the Clara Burke Community in Whitemarsh. After receiving his degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1948, he joined the family's general-contracting business, Charles A. Kessler Inc., which later became Keefer Kessler Associates. Many years later, he liquidated the company and joined Young Adjustment Co., where he was an adjuster until retiring in 1995.
NEWS
April 3, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
H. William Keil, 64, of Lafayette Hill, retired chairman of a Delaware engineering firm, died Sunday at Chestnut Hill Hospital, where he had been taken after going into cardiac arrest. A mechanical engineer, he had been affiliated with Furlow Associates of Claymont for 30 years. He retired in January 1996 after serving as president and chairman. Mr. Keil was born in Bristol Township and was raised in Philadelphia, graduating from Roxborough High School in 1949. He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown and earned his engineering degree in 1953 from Drexel University.
NEWS
February 22, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mina M. D'Lauro Tosta, 84, of Lafayette Hill, former co-owner of a Philadelphia restaurant, died Tuesday at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown. In the 1930s and '40s, she and her husband owned and operated the Rock Inn in Chestnut Hill. Mrs. Tosta was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, then attended Chestnut Hill College. She resided for more than half a century in Lafayette Hill, where she was a member of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church and of its Philippians social group, women's guild, and home and school association.
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