September 25, 2013 |
William H. Castor, 92, formerly of Richboro, who retired in 1983 from CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, a business he cofounded, died of a heart condition Friday, Sept. 20, at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Castor, a native of Northeast Philadelphia, started his career working as a mechanic for his father's Sunoco service station. Later, he went into business with his brother, Edward, as cofounder of CMC Builders in Trevose. He also cofounded CMC Heavy Equipment Rentals, from which he retired in 1983.
August 31, 2013 |
Asked to explain the roots of the Syrian conflict or identify the warring factions or venture an opinion on how to respond to chemical attacks on civilians there, Douglas Jordan had the same reaction that many Philadelphians do. "I understand that Syria is declaring war on their own people, but I don't know why," Jordan said. The 51-year-old unemployed security guard has watched CNN, read news reports, and tried to keep informed, but he cannot quite grasp the geopolitics in the distant nation.
June 30, 2013 |
Herbert Ginensky, 94, a World War II veteran and devoted husband for nearly seven decades, died Thursday, June 27, at the Watermark senior community in Center City. Mr. Ginensky died of heart failure, said his daughter, Amy Ginensky. His wife, Evelyn, who was 91, died in November. They married on July 6, 1944. During the war, he met his future wife through a cousin who was dating one of Evelyn's sisters. "My father thought she was too young-looking," but on a second date, he reconsidered, his daughter said.
November 16, 2012
Giacomo A. DeBlasi, 98, a retired supervisor for Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia and a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Mr. DeBlasi was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1932 and attended Drexel University. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. Mr. DeBlasi, a staff sergeant during World War II, fought in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a Bronze Star, an American Theatre Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Stars.
November 10, 2012 |
Irven Richard Ostrander, 91, of Rose Tree, a mechanical engineer and decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from an infection Tuesday, Nov. 6, at home. Mr. Ostrander was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the fifth of six children. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army. He was eligible for a deferment because he was helping support his widowed mother and younger brother but wanted to fight, said his daughter Mary Ellen Davin. By February 1945, he was a staff sergeant fighting with the 102d Infantry Division in Germany.
March 14, 2012 |
There's a man from the Panjwai district of Afghanistan who could swap stories with Job and possibly come out on top. When Nazim Shah returned home from a trip to nearby Kandahar, he found his entire family dead. They had been murdered by an American soldier. On Sunday, the unidentified Army staff sergeant, a veteran of deployments in Iraq, left his base without permission and wandered into a nearby village shortly before dawn. He then allegedly entered several homes with his high-powered guns blazing.
July 13, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor yesterday to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry after describing how the soldier took enemy fire in Afghanistan but still grabbed a live grenade to save his comrades. "This is the stuff of which heroes are made," the president declared. It was just the second time that a living, active-duty service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has received a Medal of Honor. Petry, who lost his hand in the incident and wears a prosthesis, looked on from a stage in the East Room with his wife and children in the audience as the president described his heroics that day. It unfolded on May 26, 2008, in the remote east of Afghanistan, as Petry - then a staff sergeant - and other Rangers choppered toward an insurgent compound, the president said.
January 18, 2011 |
ANGELINA MONZO was a legendary cook of Italian dishes that are not exactly known as diet food. People who partook of her delicious pasta and other savory fare got pleasantly fat, but Angelina never did. "She was never more than 120 pounds," said her son, Frank Monzo Jr. "Her secret was portions, everything in small quantities. " Whatever, it worked for her. She turned 99 on Nov. 12, still thin, although suffering the effects of a stroke in November. Angelina Monzo, who operated a paint and hardware store at 19th and Hoffman streets with her husband for 45 years, died Sunday.
December 17, 2010
Anthony G. (Tony) Del Beato, 92, of Brookhaven, a longtime newsprint warehouse foreman for The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, died Monday, Dec. 13, of natural causes at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mr. Del Beato was a newsprint foreman for 40 years before retiring in 1988 at the age of 70. He started as a paper handler and worked his way up to foreman. He always worked the night shift, his family said. Born in Philadelphia, he lived in South Philadelphia for many years but moved in 2008 to Brookhaven, Delaware County.
September 25, 2010
Joseph Anthony Cella, 89, a Philadelphia firefighter for 32 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, in his sleep at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living residence in Cherry Hill. He was 89 and had emphysema. Mr. Cella joined the Fire Department in 1947. For most of his career, he was stationed at Engine 1, Ladder 5 in South Philadelphia. After retiring in 1979, Mr. Cella, a journeyman plumber, was a handyman for friends and relatives, repairing anything from toys to toilets, his daughter, Angela Costanzo, said.