June 16, 2016 |
One look at the photograph is all one needs to see how much Akyra Murray and Beulah Osueke meant to each other. The player, Murray, is sitting next to her proud West Catholic High School basketball coach, Osueke, as the senior signs a letter of intent to continue her career and education at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Mutual admiration. Satisfaction. The culmination of all the hard work both put in to sit at that table in the first place. All of those feelings shine through in the image, as the two are radiant and smiling, looking like they are sharing an inside joke.
October 31, 2015 |
William H. Logan III, 82, of Yeadon, a funeral director and former Yeadon Borough councilman, died Sunday, Oct. 25, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chester County Hospital. Mr. Logan's life was defined by service to his family, country, church, and community. A native of Yeadon, he made his living as the owner and operator of Logan Funeral Homes, with funeral parlors in Philadelphia, Havertown, and Exton. Starting in 1895, the Logan family operated a funeral home in the 2400 block of Lombard Street to serve the Schuylkill and Devil's Pocket communities of Philadelphia.
June 29, 2015 |
In the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood where Carla Caple has lived since birth, maintaining a faith life has been like a game of musical chairs. One Catholic parish closes and Caple moves to another. Then that church shuts down and she moves on to the next. Through each closing or merging of a parish and school, Caple has enrolled her children in someplace new and gone to Mass with a new group of congregants. But her faith has remained strong, whatever the parish. And despite the revolving door of parishes, Caple has stayed involved with her congregation.
May 12, 2015 |
Sister Mary Theodosia Linus, 98, an elementary school teacher and librarian who served at Catholic schools here and elsewhere, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at Holy Child Center in Rosemont. She was a sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for 78 years. Born in Philadelphia, Sister Theodosia was one of five children of James and Margaret Ahern Linus. Her family was large and fun-loving. Sister Theo, as she was called, inherited a bright, happy spirit that she carried with her wherever she went, her family said.
February 10, 2015 |
John C. "Jack" Savage, 78, of Newtown Square, a basketball player for St. Joseph's University who went on to become an executive with Main Line Health, died Sunday, Feb. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at White Horse Village. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Savage was a 1954 graduate of West Catholic High School and a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph's University. He played basketball for both. In 1953, he was part of the West Catholic team that beat Wilt Chamberlain's Overbrook High team, 54-42, in a game at the Palestra.
January 30, 2015 |
DEBORAH BRADLEY was close to her niece, Jean Morgan, who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. They talked on the phone every day, conversations that lasted hours. Deborah, a popular figure in her West Philadelphia neighborhood, lived alone and might have been a little lonely. But she looked forward to her chats with her niece. Then on Jan. 21, Jean wasn't able to get her aunt on the phone. No answer at her number. Jean kept trying into the next day, to no avail. She finally called Deborah's brother, Floyd Bradley, who sent his son, Kenneth Felton, to check on his sister.
December 26, 2014 |
Sister Eileen Marie Sheehan, 86, a longtime elementary schoolteacher, died Monday, Dec. 8, of coronary artery disease at McAuley Convent in Merion. The youngest of nine children, Sister Eileen Marie attended St. Francis de Sales School and West Catholic High School for Girls. After graduating in 1946, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, and professed her vows in 1949. She spent 30 years in elementary education within the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Her assignments included stints at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, both in Philadelphia; St. Matthias in Bala Cynwyd; St. Denis in Havertown, and Holy Martyrs, in Oreland.
November 8, 2014 |
Rodman A. Boston, 89, of Drexel Hill, a carpenter and construction supervisor for many years, died Friday, Oct. 31, of respiratory failure at Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Boston, known as "Roddy," was one of six children. He was taken out of West Catholic High School at age 16 to work in the family's butcher shop. Later, he received a diploma from West Catholic. He enlisted in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as part of Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army.
June 20, 2014 |
Joseph J. MacNamara, 85, of Turnersville, a former Defense Department contract administrator in Moorestown and Camden, died of cancer Tuesday, June 17, at home. Born in West Philadelphia, he attended West Catholic High School and transferred to a seminary of the Augustinian religious order on Staten Island, N.Y., a son, Joseph J. Jr., said. After two years there, Mr. MacNamara worked as a radar technician on the aircraft carrier Oriskany. From 1950 to 1960, he was a teller for First Pennsylvania Bank, and until 1963, he worked for the IRS. Mr. MacNamara began his 30-year Defense Department career in 1963 as a contract administrator at a Center City office, his son said.
June 19, 2014 |
Herb Magee said he learned a lesson about coaching from Jack Devine. Magee's senior year at West Catholic High School was Mr. Devine's first year of coaching basketball there, but he came with a reputation as a star player at West Catholic and Villanova University. "We felt we were a good team, but when Coach Devine took over, he instilled in us the desire to become better," Magee said. "He would let us do what we did best," Magee said, adding that as a coach, "I allow my own players to do what they do best.