December 24, 2015 |
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.
October 16, 2015 |
James A. O'Connor Jr., 82, a veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, died Sunday, Oct. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death has been established, said his daughter Karol Mooney. Mooney said her father, who served 21 years in the military and was a letter carrier for 25 years, never wanted to be rich and was content with his life. She called him "a great dad and a wonderful Pop-Pop. " Open and friendly, he was one to give solid, reliable advice, she said. "He prided himself as the one that you can always count on, no matter what you needed.
November 8, 2014 |
Joseph A. Dewechter, a mail carrier in Gloucester City from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, "was an old-time carrier that everybody loved," said Joseph Townsend, a mailman there these days. "Joe never wore shorts," as is the style for many carriers. "He wore the long pants through the summer, winter. " And, Townsend said, Mr. Dewechter used an old leather bag, "the kind that went out with the horses. " Townsend laughed and added: "The last of the Mohicans. " On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Mr. Dewechter, 89, of Gloucester City, died of cardiac arrest at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
December 2, 2012 |
Thomas Charles Callan Jr., 78, of Pennsauken, a former USO singer and retired mail carrier, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, of metastatic bladder cancer. Raised in Philadelphia the oldest of nine children of Bernice and Thomas Callan Sr., Mr. Callan began singing with the USO in the 1950s. During that time, he was paired in duets with Beulah (Max) Keefe, with whom he fell in love and whom he married in 1956. They were married for 41 years until Keefe's death in 1997. In the early years of his marriage, Mr. Callan was drafted into the Army, where he obtained his GED diploma.
November 13, 2012 |
Andrew J. Nolan Sr., 91, of Gloucester City, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and "everyone's favorite mailman," died Monday, Nov. 5, at a Moorestown rehab center after a fall. Born to Martin and Katherine Nolan, Mr. Nolan was one of 10 children. He graduated in 1938 from Gloucester Catholic High School, where he played baseball and basketball and was president of the Junior Guild. On Jan. 15, 1942, Mr. Nolan enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in World War II. He was shot three times in the face during the Battle of Guadalcanal and wore a glass eye. After a year recovering in the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California, he returned home to a hero's welcome.
August 2, 2012
A Cherry Hill residence was robbed Tuesday afternoon after a man disguised as a postal worker forced his way inside and was joined by three accomplices, township police said. The fake mailman, who wore a uniform, knocked on a door on the 1100 block of Society Hill Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. and was greeted by a female occupant who thought he was delivering a package. He pushed his way in and was followed by the other assailants, two armed with handguns, police said. The men tied up the resident and her brother with belts and tape, and ransacked the home, getting away with cash and jewelry, they said.
February 2, 2009 |
Between Muhlenberg College and Temple University Law School, Jim Francis learned what became a valuable lesson: Things can go badly wrong with America's complex credit-reporting system, and it's not always easy for consumers to solve them. Francis had dutifully left a forwarding address when he moved to Philadelphia from Allentown, but one of his bills went astray. By the time it caught up with him, his payment was overdue. The late payment became a blot on his good name. As a budding lawyer, Francis thought he could solve the problem with a well-crafted letter to the credit bureau in question.
August 7, 2008 |
John "Bud" Rodgers, 90, who put his stamp on Ardmore by delivering mail there for half a century - never without a smile on his face - died July 22 at Broomall Nursing Home of complications from a stroke. Mr. Rodgers, who grew up in Ardmore and lived in Drexel Hill for nearly 60 years, began his career as a letter carrier in 1937, when stamps cost 3 cents and a postcard could be mailed for a penny. He continued to deliver mail out of the post office in Ardmore until Sept. 1, 1987, just short of his 70th birthday and a day chronicled by The Inquirer.
July 28, 2006 |
In her most recent attack, Alveda Tolliver said she stabbed a mailman because she wanted to kill him, police say. In 1990, she murdered a woman who let her live in her house. And, as a teen, she beat up two teachers, one of whom was pregnant. Now, Tolliver, 43, will face trial again - this time accused of trying to stab the postal carrier to death in June. At a preliminary hearing yesterday, Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield held Tolliver for trial on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses.
May 3, 2005 |
You have a dog. Fantastic. If, however, you believe that it "loves everyone," then I encourage you to test this ferocious ignorance by stepping on a couple hundred random porches. See what it feels like to have a dim-witted owner tell you this, all the while holding his heathen beast back by the neck as it barks, growls, and salivates at the instinctual thought of eating you. I speak from experience; I carried mail in Paoli during my summer break from college last year, and needless to say, I'm looking for other employment this summer.