Friday, May 22, 2015

Obituaries

John T. "Bunky" deVecchis Jr., 78, of Queen Village, an early South Street store owner and a photographer to Philadelphia's jazz greats, died at home Wednesday, April 22.
Bob Belden, 58, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday. He was 58.
She was proud of her grandson, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller, 88, the Bryn Mawr-born widow of former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly about her breast cancer, died Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown, N.Y., after a brief illness.
Franz Wright, 62, who wrote with raw lyricism about inner demons, death, God, and redemption, died of lung cancer last Thursday at his home in Waltham, Mass.
About seven years ago, Douglas Yago got an urgent phone call about his great-aunt Gladys Woolley Richardson. The caller was from the Evergreens, the continuing care retirement community in Moorestown where Mrs. Richardson had lived since 1988.
John R. Favorite, 69, of Moorestown, was a theatrical director at Burlington County Footlighters in Cinnaminson from the 1960s into the 1980s.
He and C. Everett Koop operated on numerous conjoined twins.
Monica Letzring, 80, an associate professor and former chair of the undergraduate English department at Temple University, died Sunday, May 10, of Alzheimer's disease at an assisted-living facility in Cavalier, N.D.
Michael J. Lenny, 75, of Cherry Hill, a real estate appraiser there, died of leukemia on Thursday, May 14, at home.
He was a pioneer on South Street when he opened a frame shop there.
In the early 1970s, George M. Richardson II helped authorize a study of the Willingboro Fire Department by the National Fire Protection Association.
John M. Templeton Jr., 75, of Bryn Mawr, president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, and a former pediatric surgeon and director of the trauma program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died Saturday, May 16, at home.
He was known as a dogged reporter and a careful editor.
Temple University was in mourning Sunday after former Owls defensive lineman-linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. died Saturday night at age 25. The cause of his death was not released.
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Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant.
A graveside service with full military honors is to be held Friday, May 22, for Sgt. Anthony Greco, 94, of Ambler, a World War II veteran and retired apparel manufacturer. He died Saturday, Feb. 21, of unclear causes at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Michael V. DeNoia, 87, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired athlete, teacher, and coach, died Wednesday, May 13, of Alzheimer's disease at Crozer Hospice at Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park.