July 5, 2014 |
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
June 11, 2014 |
William F. Leimkuhler, 92, of Downingtown, former president of parent-teacher associations at Christ the King School and the former St. Mary of the Angels Academy, both in Haddonfield, died Wednesday, June 4, at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Leimkuhler headed the organization at Christ the King in the 1960s and at St. Mary's from 1968 to 1972, his daughter, Donna Bonsall, said. "He was very involved in the school and the parish," Bonsall said. Mr. Leimkuhler was also responsible from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s for the annual Harvest Supper there, "held in October for the parish as a fund-raiser," she said.
March 11, 2014 |
James Joseph Lavin Jr., 84, of Skippack, a police official in Philadelphia and later Jenkintown, died Tuesday, March 4, of cancer at home. Mr. Lavin spent his entire career in law enforcement. He retired in 1981 as a detective with the rank of lieutenant from the Philadelphia Police Department and then served as Jenkintown chief of police until Sept. 30, 1990. "It's time," Mr. Lavin told the Borough Council in August 1990. "After eight years, it's time to go onward. " A Philadelphia native, he was a former resident of Roxborough and East Norriton Township.
March 3, 2014 |
Herb Magee isn't really chasing history. It's more like history is along for the ride as Philadelphia University's coach does his thing, year after year. A first-round Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff victory for his 23-6 Rams Saturday put Magee up to 983 in his career, the most in NCAA hoops. He's in a kind of race with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski for all-time winningest coach in men's basketball. Krzyzewski tied Magee a couple of times this season but hasn't gotten by him. Here's the interesting thing: There's another guy who has been running right alongside Magee for the last 25 years.
March 1, 2014 |
Charles Paul Hammock, 72, of Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania state legislator who worked for social justice on behalf of African Americans, died Saturday, Feb. 15, of heart failure at his home. Mr. Hammock's passion for justice was a hallmark of his life and propelled him into public service. He served as a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania from the 196th District from Jan. 2, 1973, to Nov. 30, 1976. In the 1970s, he was board chair of the National Office for Black Catholics.
February 28, 2014 |
CHARLES HAMMOCK never cared much that his support of Frank Rizzo was not very popular in the black community. He was on Rizzo's staff as deputy field director when the former mayor and police commissioner ran in the Democratic primary of 1983, seeking a third term as mayor. Hammock was the most visible black person among Rizzo's campaign staff. Rizzo lost the primary to W. Wilson Goode, who went on to become Philadelphia's first black mayor in 1984. Of his support for Rizzo, Hammock said at the time, "The best thing about supporting Frank Rizzo is that he is a compassionate man who has helped many people.
February 21, 2014 |
By Bonnie L. Cook William G. Malloy, 90, of Northeast Philadelphia, a funeral director and former chief inspector with a unit of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, of cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospice. In 1951, after training at H.E. Dolan College of Mortuary Science, Mr. Malloy established the William G. Malloy Funeral Home, the oldest funeral home in Somerton. "He was a very compassionate and caring individual," said his son, Sean T. "He was very dedicated and took a very artistic approach to how he did his work.
February 14, 2014 |
Thaddeus Basara, 75, of Secane, a retired teacher at Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne who once served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died at home Saturday, Feb. 8, of peritoneal cancer, a rare disease that affects the abdominal tissue lining. Mr. Basara, known as Ted, was so inspired by the religious devotion of his family and the priests and nuns he grew up with that he decided to become a priest. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood at 16, leaving Roman Catholic High School before earning his diploma.
February 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The words "No Caller ID" flashed in white across the front of the iPhone, hiding Marvin Harrison's phone number but revealing his identity. His reputation as the most private of public figures had preceded him. He does not have an account on Facebook or Instagram. He does not tweet. And if he does not want you to have his phone number, you will not have it. Still, in an exclusive interview with The Inquirer, he erased any doubt as to who was calling with the first two words he said: "It's 88. " That was the only uniform number that he wore over his 13 years with the Indianapolis Colts, a career in which Harrison - born in North Philadelphia, a football and basketball star at Roman Catholic High School - developed into one of the most accomplished wide receivers, a career that could earn him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
January 11, 2014 |
Joseph J. Duda, 74, a former Republican city commissioner and a longtime ward leader in Northeast Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of an undisclosed illness at Jeanes Hospital. The Philadelphia native, son of Joseph and Eva Duda, graduated from Roman Catholic High School and Temple University. In the 1960s, Mr. Duda worked as a salesman for the Philadelphia Gas Works and Stockwell Rubber Co. He married Margaret McGrory in 1963, and the couple had a son and a daughter. Mr. Duda was named a city committeeman in the late 1960s, his relatives said.