Sunday, May 3, 2015

Obituaries

George J. Horner, 91, of Newtown Square, a retired physician, musician, and a Holocaust survivor, died of a subdural hematoma Thursday, April 23, at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Chester J. Minarcik Jr. wanted to be a Presbyterian minister and a physician. "He wanted to be passionate about both," said son Drew.
Duncan Wray Buell, 87, of Philadelphia, an architect, died Friday, April 24, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center.
NEW YORK - Ben E. King, 76, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," died Thursday.
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown.
Lawrence S. Smith, 67, of Worcester Township and Jupiter, Fla., an executive who helped build Comcast Corp. from a small regional company into an industry leader in cable television, died Tuesday, April 28, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of complications from aplastic anemia.
She never forgot her Philadelphia roots and family and friends.
Though Thomas P. Ferguson III never performed at the Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia, he was a longtime contributor to it.
Theresa Howard Carter, 85, of West Chester, a distinguished archaeologist and scholar of the ancient Near East, died Sunday, April 19, at home of causes related to aging.
Peter Cronkite, 22, grandson of the late CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite and the voice of Dennis the Menace, has died.
Charles Hamel, 84, an influential oil-industry whistle-blower whose efforts so exasperated his targets that petroleum companies hired private detectives for a spying campaign to ferret out his sources and methods, died April 9 in Marysville, Wash.
He worked on the Apollo and Gemini space programs.
Agnes J. "Chuckie" Tilley, 83, a fixture of Philadelphia's Republican Party, whose childhood in a Catholic orphanage inspired her to a lifetime of service, died Thursday, April 23, of cancer at her home in the city's Burholme section.
Jim Evans met Harry E. Johnson when both were at the Burlington County Police Academy in 1978. Evans was in a three-month training program to become an officer for Willingboro, Mr. Johnson was there to join the Edgewater Park force, and they became best friends.
Jean Nidetch, 91, who founded Weight Watchers, died Wednesday near Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Kenneth Clarence Warren, 90, of Haverford, a surgeon who practiced urology at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 40 years ending in 1995, died Wednesday, April 22, of respiratory failure at Broomall Presbyterian Village.
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Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at an Eagles game in 1968, passed away.
Ruth Rendell, the British doyenne of crime fiction who gave her readers sleepless nights through the page-turning procedurals of her Inspector Wexford novels and the psychological thrillers she published under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, has died. She was 85.
Frank D. Bertucci, 68, a former Inquirer suburban writer and Daily News copy editor died Friday night.