December 12, 2014 |
Temple University basketball coach Fran Dunphy recalled John C. "Butch" Gleason as "one of those kindhearted guys who want to do good for others. " Mr. Gleason and Dunphy graduated as classmates in 1970 at La Salle University. Dunphy noted that he is one of six coaches in Philadelphia "who stage many events over the course of a year" as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. It is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches "to raise funds and awareness," its website states.
October 28, 2014 |
In his memoir, Timebends , Arthur Miller writes of his first marriage, to Mary Slattery: "There was a deep shadow then over intermarriage between Jews and gentiles. . . . I was struggling to identify myself with mankind rather than one small tribal fraction of it. " And so Willy Loman was Everyman, not EveryJew. Until now. Under Lane Savadove's direction, EgoPo's passionate production of Miller's classic Death of a Salesman reimagines the Lomans as a Jewish family. The production starts with sitting shiva after Willy's suicide, making the entire play a backward look.
September 20, 2014 |
Martin R. Stenson, 71, of Springfield, Delaware County, a longtime insurance salesman and active community worker, died Sunday, Sept. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at his home. Mr. Stenson attended St. Thomas More Boys' High School in Philadelphia, where he forged many of his lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 and then served in the Army. In 1960, he was hired as a salesman with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. His office was first in Bala Cynwyd and later in Springfield. He stayed with the firm for almost 40 years.
September 19, 2014 |
Walton S. Sweeney Jr., 71, of Del Webb at Lake Oconee, a retirement community in Greensboro, Ga., a former Medford resident and South Jersey salesman, died Saturday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. A former member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Sweeney was a direct descendant of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. "He was very proud of his lineage," his wife, Renee, said.
June 6, 2014 |
TALK ABOUT devotion! David McAllister and his family would travel 130 miles round-trip every Sunday from their home in Sinking Spring, Berks County, to South Philadelphia to attend church. But to be fair, David did warn the pastor of Solid Rock Baptist, at 19th and Federal, that he probably wouldn't show up if the Eagles were playing. Why the long trek to church? "He felt it was important to stay close to the community where he grew up," said his wife, Georgette. "And he wanted his family to be role models for the children of the old neighborhood.
May 23, 2014 |
Michael F. Newell Jr., 93, of Westmont, a career salesman in Philadelphia, worked in Catholic ministries in his spare time for decades. "Four of his sisters were nuns and one of his brothers was a Jesuit priest," Mr. Newell's son, Stephen, said. "His whole family was very involved in serving in the Catholic Church. " On Monday, May 19, Mr. Newell died at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. On Tuesday evening, his passing was marked in an unusual setting, said a friend, Jack Callahan, a member since 1996 of the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service.
May 10, 2014 |
Robert W. Bower, 81, of Berwyn and Juno Beach, Fla., a career salesman whose passions in life were golf, flying, and family, died Sunday, April 27, of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Jupiter, Fla. Mr. Bower began a 30-year career with International Business Machines Corp. in 1957 as a salesman in Philadelphia. He traveled to Europe, South America, and Asia in support of IBM's international business before retiring in 1987 as the director of operations, Asia Pacific Group. But Mr. Bower's lifelong passion was golf.
May 5, 2014 |
Chuck Cahn looks quite comfortable behind the big desk in the big office. "I really enjoy it," says Cahn, a personable father of three and grandfather-to-be who's in his third year as mayor of Cherry Hill, South Jersey's signature suburb. Cahn was a political neophyte ("I had no idea what I was getting myself into") when prominent Democrats persuaded him to leave a leisure-laden early retirement behind and run for mayor in 2011. "I'm a businessman at heart," he says. "And I feel like I'm running a business" again.
February 25, 2014 |
MARTY CHAVIS told his daughter that he would live to 100. Last Monday, he called his daughter from his home in Sarasota, Fla., and told her what a great time he had had at a friend's 100th birthday party. But the next day, Marty died. He was 91. Maybe Marty didn't fulfill his promise to his daughter, but he was everything a father should be, she said. "He was the best," his daughter, Debbie Rubin, said. "He was always there, with unconditional love. I was an only child, and he always encouraged me to achieve in whatever I undertook.
January 12, 2014 |
Terrence J. Woods, 84, of Haddon Township, a salesman for his family's stationery supply firm in the 195os and 1960s, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Woods grew up near Third and Snyder Streets and graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in 1947. He was an Army infantryman who served in combat during the Korea conflict, niece Patricia Zinsser said. His brother, James, and two friends from military service in World War II had opened Philadelphia Stationery Co., which sold "everything from large office equipment down to pencil sharpeners," Zinsser said.