November 17, 2014 |
LEROY MALACHI Sr. didn't hesitate to grab a broom or a snow shovel and go out on his block on 61st Street near Race in West Philadelphia, to put his muscle into improving his neighborhood. And Leroy had muscle to spare. In his youth, he won bodybuilding contests and titles like Mr. Pennsylvania, Mr. Maryland and Mr. New Jersey, his family said. In the AAU Senior Nationals weightlifting event held in Philadelphia in 1956, he came in fifth in the heavyweight class with a combined lift of 865 pounds - press, 300, snatch, 250, clean and jerk, 315. Leroy Malachi Sr., a 37-year machinist for the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Nov. 10. He was 84. Leroy was a popular figure in his West Philadelphia neighborhood where he was an officer of the block committee and helped arrange events, especially those for the children.
January 25, 2014 |
Russell H. Mawson, 75, of Villas, N.J., part-time office manager at the Greater Wildwood Hotel Motel Association since 2000, died at the Atlantic City campus of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Jan. 19, following a stroke. Mr. Mawson worked at the association after retiring from a career as a machinist and supermarket manager. "Even when he didn't have to go to work" in the Wildwood office, "he would go over to check to make sure that things were running smooth," his wife, Marie, said.
November 3, 2012 |
Joseph G. Mundy, 95, a Westinghouse Electric Co. machinist who helped build ships for the Navy during World War II and later founded several businesses, died Thursday, Oct. 25, of an abdominal blood clot at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. The oldest of 13 children of Italian immigrant parents, he was born and raised near Wilkes-Barre. At 21, he married Esther C. Simmons, whom he had met at nearby Harveys Lake, and in 1939, the two moved to Glenolden so Mr. Mundy could work at the Westinghouse plant in Lester.
February 10, 2012
William D. Fairman, 77, of Prospect Park, a retired machinist and community volunteer, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Feb. 7, at home. For 44 years, Mr. Fairman worked for Boeing Co. in Ridley Park, where he helped develop helicopter rotor blades. After retiring in 1995, he made deliveries for area florists. He was working for Tunie's Floral Expressions in Folcroft when he became ill in November. Since 1960, he had been married to Wanda Eddy Fairman. They met at a church social in Prospect Park, where they later raised a family.
December 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - A contentious labor dispute between the government and Boeing Co. that spawned a national political fight likely will be settled after the company and the Machinists union announced Wednesday they had reached a tentative deal on a new four-year collective-bargaining agreement. If the deal is made final, it would appear to leave in place the work at a new $750 million Boeing plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state where the company opened a new production line for its 787 airplane.
August 9, 2011 |
H. Carter Daywalt Sr., 68, a retired machinist and former volunteer firefighter, died of a heart attack Thursday, Aug. 4, at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown. Mr. Daywalt was a life member of Conshohocken Fire Company No. 2 and the George Clay Fire Company in West Conshohocken. In 1993, he was fighting a fire in an apartment house in Conshohocken. A hose broke loose, hit him, and knocked him under two parked fire trucks. He suffered severe facial cuts, a ruptured spleen, and brain damage.
May 31, 2011
Charles L. Hawley, 70, a retired machinist formerly of Pottstown, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Saturday, May 14, at home in Orlando. Mr. Hawley grew up in Kensington, the youngest of 13 children. He was a painter at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard before joining Rorer Pharmaceuticals in Fort Washington in 1971. He and his wife, Helen Bancos Hawley, raised a family in Abington and Pottstown. He was a former volunteer with the Upper Pottsgrove Township Fire Company.
May 14, 2011 |
J. Carl Rothman, 97, a retired machinist and a volunteer, died Thursday, May 12, at Martins Run Retirement Community, Broomall. Mr. Rothman grew up in Strawberry Mansion. He graduated from Simon Gratz High School and then worked for his father, Joseph, a watchmaker. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific as a mechanic. After his discharge, Mr. Rothman owned a jewelry store on Market Street in Center City. He was not an aggressive businessman, and would counsel couples to save their money and not spend too much on engagement rings, his son Ron said.
October 20, 2010
William Petrelli, 86, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired machinist, died of apparent heart failure Saturday, Oct. 16, at home. Mr. Petrelli graduated from South Philadelphia High School. During World War II, he served in the Pacific and then in occupied Japan. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War and was a 13-year veteran of the Navy Reserve. His ship assignments included minesweepers and the destroyer escort Koiner. After his active military duty, Mr. Petrelli worked for Westinghouse.
September 12, 2010 |
The machinist union with the Inquirer and Daily News voted Sunday morning to approve a contract with the prospective new owners of the local papers. The vote by the machinists, which was approved 28-4, means 15 of the 16 unions representing employees at the papers have reached contracts with Philadelphia Media Network Inc., a collection of 16 financial institutions that purchased parent company of the papers at at auction in April for $139 million. The remaining union without a contract, Teamster Local 628 which represents the newspapers' drivers, votes on a new contract Sunday afternoon.