Friday, December 19, 2014

Obituaries

Shivah will be observed this weekend for Philip J. Kendall, 85, a former publishing company owner who died Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Florida.
He was a learned and excitable Philadelphia sports fan.
Larry J. Cano, 90, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize guacamole, fajitas, and margaritas with the U.S. masses, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 10 at his home in Corona Del Mar, Calif., his former assistant Lee Healy confirmed Monday.
Chittaranjan "Chitu" Shantilal Shah, 66, of Norristown, an engineer and respected member of the Indian community in the Pennsylvania suburbs, died Monday, Dec. 15, of unknown causes after collapsing at his home.
Sy Berger, 91, the father of the modern baseball trading card, who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Powerful political adviser David Garth, 84, who spearheaded the creation of the modern political TV commercial and helped elect governors, senators, and mayors, died Monday at his home in Manhattan after a long illness, said longtime colleague George Arzt.
A former Philadelphia publishing company owner and his companion were struck and killed by a car Wednesday night while crossing the street near their new home in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Richard C. Hottelet, 97, a longtime U.N. correspondent for CBS News who provided eyewitness accounts of World War II battles and was among the last surviving reporters mentored by the celebrated newsman Edward R. Murrow, died Wednesday in Wilton, Conn. No cause of death was given.
Norman Bridwell, 86, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, died Friday at a Massachusetts hospital.
He was a teacher, basketball coach and sports broadcaster.
Msgr. Francis A. Menna, 84, a retired pastor, regional vicar, and rector for Villa St. Joseph, the home for retired priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, of cardiac arrest at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.
Sanford "Sandy" Golden, 89, who co-owned the China Outlet & Gourmet Garage in Somers Point, N.J., died Friday, Dec. 12, in Clearwater, Fla.
Richard H. Heist, 82, of Collegeville, a longtime broadcaster who launched a second career restoring antique clocks, died Friday, Nov. 28, of lung disease at his home.
Joseph Peraino Sr. had been loved at the Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill, where he worked as the head custodian, earning the respect of staff and students alike.
Mitchell Alexander Atkins, 102, of Mount Airy, a warehouse worker and longtime deacon at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Philadelphia, died Friday, Dec. 5, at his home.
She was a news junkie who was knowledgeable about many subjects.
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Daniel Edward Beren, 85, formerly of Meadowbrook, a five-term state legislator from eastern Montgomery County in the 1960s and '70s, died Sunday, Dec. 14, of complications from an aortic aneurysm at the Woods at Cedar Run in Camp Hill.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.
George L. Schrufer, 72, a firefighter who survived one of the worst blazes in Philadelphia history, died Thursday, Dec. 18, at his home in Bridesburg. He had suffered numerous health issues since being injured in the massive Gulf Oil refinery fire in 1975.