July 1, 2015 |
Joseph H. Levine, 69, of Bala Cynwyd, the fourth-generation president of Joseph Levine & Sons Funeral Directors, one of the Philadelphia area's oldest and most prominent Jewish funeral homes, died Sunday, June 28, of pancreatic cancer at home. He had been diagnosed in March 2014 and went public with the emotional process of passing the torch to his triplet sons, Adam, Brian and Jonathon, who become the fifth generation to own and operate Levine's. Daughter Lindsey is also an owner of the business.
June 2, 2015 |
Bernard Julius Archer, 96, a funeral director formerly of Philadelphia, died Monday, May 11, of causes related to aging at a nursing care facility in Annapolis, Md. He had moved to Maryland to be near family. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Archer received a diploma from Central High School. After graduating from the Eckels College of Mortuary Science, he became a licensed funeral director in January 1941, achieving the highest mark on the Pennsylvania funeral director's examination among those then tested, his family said.
September 13, 2011 |
Raymond A. Chadwick, 79, a retired funeral director, died Friday, Sept. 9, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Freedom Village, a retirement community in West Brandywine. In 1947, Mr. Chadwick's father, J. Martin, established Chadwick Funeral Home in Ardmore. From the age of 15, Mr. Chadwick assisted his father. He earned his funeral license in 1957 and became owner when his father died in 1965. "He was a wonderful listener and was very compassionate. He felt being a funeral director was his ministry," said his daughter, the Rev. Ruth Moore, a Presbyterian minister.
January 20, 2011 |
Frank C. Videon Sr. was known as a bit of a showman. To promote his car dealerships, he rode an elephant down West Chester Pike in the early 1960s and later in the decade landed in a helicopter on the closed roadway. "It landed on the median," a son, David, said with a chuckle of the copter stunt, but despite that, "they still had to close it. " At a few of his new-car showings, band leader Lawrence Welk and former Eagles quarterback Sonny Jurgensen were in the spotlights. And for the 1957 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, his son said, Mr. Videon provided more than 150 Plymouth Furys.
October 18, 2010 |
H. Blair Anthony, 84, president of Andrew J. Bair & Son funeral home from 1953 to 1973, died of sepsis Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, where he had lived since December 2006. He was a longtime resident of Villanova. A daughter, Dawn Anthony, said that Mr. Anthony was a great-grandson of Andrew J. Bair, who in 1822 founded the former West Philadelphia funeral home that carried his name. Andrew Bair was the brother of Oliver H. Bair, whose funeral home was in Center City.
August 19, 2010 |
C. Wallace Stuard Jr., 88, of Ardmore and Cape May, a fifth-generation funeral home director and an accomplished sailor, died of complications from surgery Monday, Aug. 16, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May. A graduate of Lower Merion High School, Mr. Stuard served aboard a Navy ship in the Mediterranean during World War II that was struck by a torpedo. He was blown overboard and an ankle was broken by the ship's propeller. He was rescued after eight hours at sea and later received a Purple Heart.
August 12, 2010 |
James A. McGuinness, 88, of Woodbury, founder and longtime manager of McGuinness Funeral Home in Woodbury, died of congestive heart failure Monday, Aug. 9, at his home. Mr. McGuinness, known for his patience and listening skills, was cut out for the job of dealing with the loss of a loved one, his son Bill said. However, he also could have made a good politician. When Mr. McGuinness opened his funeral home in 1950 with just his wife as a business partner, he would go to four or five diners each morning to meet people and promote his business.
March 23, 2010 |
Richard W. Tilghman, 79, of Pemberton, founder and longtime owner of Tilghman Funeral Home in New Egypt, died Saturday of multiple organ failure at his home. After interning and working at two funeral homes, Mr. Tilghman founded his New Egypt Funeral home in 1960. In the first year, he handled just over a dozen funerals. By the time Mr. Tilghman sold the business to his son Dennis in 2003, the funeral home was handling about 130 funerals a year. "He liked working with people," Dennis Tilghman said.
May 22, 2004 |
Joseph V. Fusco went out of this world the way he lived his life - with pizzazz. Dressed in his signature white suit with matching patent leather shoes, maroon ascot, and full-length black cape, Mr. Fusco's body was carried through the tiny streets of his native South Philadelphia yesterday in a bronze casket lined in maroon velvet, inside an elegant black 1898 hearse drawn by a pair of pied-gray Percheron draft horses, Dick and Teddy. It was followed by a block-long procession on foot and in limousines for the 1 1/2 miles from Monti-Rago Funeral Home, 2533 S. Broad St., to St. Maron's Maronite Catholic Church at 10th and Ellsworth Streets.
November 9, 2003 |
The first thing Reuben R. Rochvarg did each morning was read the obituary page. Then the Center City resident headed to work, Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks funeral parlor in East Oak Lane. Mr. Rochvarg, 83, a funeral director for more than 50 years, died of sepsis following treatment for prostate cancer Wednesday at Graduate Hospital. Born and raised in South Philadelphia - and proud of it - Mr. Rochvarg graduated from South Philadelphia High School. Before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II (he served Stateside)