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James J. Smart of Mayfair passed away peacefully on April 3, 2020 at home with family. He was 93. 

Loving husband of 63 years to Marie E. Smart who passed just 3 weeks ago at age 87. Devoted father of James J. Jr. (Maryanne), William (Stacey), Maureen Crosby (James), Rita Marinari (Dominic), and Carol Schwab (Ryan). Loving grandfather of Anne Marie Kauler (Eric), Theresa Velasquez (Marty), Joseph Smart (Larissa), Catherine Hill (Jon), Marybeth Buesching (Juergen), J. Christopher Smart, Jennifer Smart, Lauren Smart, Kelly Delisi (Derek), Patricia Czyzewski (Korye), James Crosby, Katherine Ogin (Mat), Christina Marinari, Dominic Marinari, Erin Schwab, Alyssa Schwab and Ryan Schwab; great grandfather of 15. Loving brother to Nancy Chamberlain, the late Rita Waters, and the late William Smart.

Jim was good man, strong, proud, kind, honest, a true salt of the earth kind of guy. He was born March 23, 1927 to Mary and James Smart. He spent his early years in West Philadelphia where he helped care for is younger brother Bill, two sisters Rita and Nancy and cousin Joe who came to live with them at an early age. He attended and received his diploma in 1945 from St Thomas More HS (“St. Tommy forever More” were words that Jim spoke often) He enlisted in the US Navy in May 1945, during World War II.     He was honorably discharged in August 1946 and returned home to West Philadelphia where he took advantage of the GI bill, enrolled in a 2 year program and attended   St Joseph’s University to continue his education.

Betty Alcaro (nee Lewis) passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital after a long illness at the age of 72. 

Beloved wfie of Rocco Alcaro. Devoted mother of John Griffith (Gina) and Kelly Adair. Loving grandmom of  Samantha Johnny, Danielle and Joe.

A Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.

ROGER A. DUGAN (ROD) 100 yrs young – recently of Lady Lake FL – passed away Thursday March 26, 2020 at home surrounded by loved ones. This was just 3 weeks after suffering his only heart attack. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather.

Born November 19, 1919 in Philadelphia PA. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel F Dugan and Elizabeth A (nee Rossiter), three brothers Daniel, Bernard and John and 2 sisters Madeline and Martha.

As a young adult, because of his love for roller skating, he was often found at the local rink which at that time was Chez Vous near 69th St.

Being classified as 4F for military service, due to a severe sinus condition, he was sent to Arizona and spent approximately 10 years in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area where his only child Ruth Ann Dugan Barlow was born.

Jean K. Brightcliffe, (nee Barber) formerly of Mayfair passed away on Sunday March 29, 2020 at Temple University Hospital at the age of 90.

Beloved wife of the late William E. Brightcliffe. Devoted mother of Jeanne Brightcliffe, Kenneth Brightcliffe (Dorothy), the late William E. Brightcliffe and the late John E. Brightcliffe. Loving Nana of 12 and great grandmother of 15. Dear sister of the late Edward R. & Robert F. Barber.

Rose M. Boland, (nee Collins) passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Wesley Enhanced Living at the age of 95.

Beloved wife of the late William J. Boland. Devoted mother of William (Patricia), Gerard (Diane), Dennis (Lynda). Loving grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 17.

A Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.







Lillian R. Pilla (nee Martino) peacefully on March 23, 2020 at the age of 85.

Beloved wife of the late Angelo A. Pilla, Jr. Devoted mother of Cynthia A. Zickel (Joseph), the late Stephen M. Pilla and the late Angela M. Pilla. Loving grandmom of Catherine Anania (Andrew), Juliet Zickel and the late Blake Pilla. Great grandmother of Harper Rose Anania. Dear sister of Rita Gizzio and Vincent Martino. Also survived by her nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Gathering and Funeral Mass at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lillian's memory may be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.would be appreciated.








Rev. Msgr. Charles E. McGroarty passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Holy Redeemer Hospital, at the age of 86.

The Rev. Msgr. Charles E. McGroarty was the fourth child born to Edward and Margaret McGroarty on February 26, 1934.  He grew up, along with his siblings, Jane, Edward and William in Collingdale, PA.  He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Collingdale, PA, St. James High School in Chester, PA and Saint Joseph's College (University) where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 1953, the year his mother died, he felt a call to religious life, influenced by his pastor at St. Joseph Parish and the priests he'd known at St. James High School.  His father convinced him to wait until after his college graduation to enter Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.  While at Saint Charles Seminary, he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  In 1959, he was sent to Rome by Cardinal O'Hara to study at the Gregorian University with residence at the North American College.  He was ordained a priest in Rome on December 19, 1962 by Archbishop Martin O'Connor, rector of the North American College.  He finished his studies for his S.T.L. (license in Sacred Theology) in the spring of 1963 and returned to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

George E. Birkhead, Jr. of Quakertown formerly of Churchville passed away on Monday March 16, 2020 at the New Seasons at New Britan after a brief illness at the age of 87.

Devoted father of Jeanette Clemenson (Joe), Susie Birkhead (Harold), Beverly Clemenson (Jim), Cindy Gordon (Bob), Ginny Murphy (the late Bob) and George Birkhead III. Also survived by Jessie Birkhead. Loving Pop Pop to 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Harold Birkhead (the late Pat), Joan Ross, Eugene Birkhead (Frankie), Myrtle Dinda (Charlie) and the late Virginia Roy (Ron), and the late Leonard Birkhead. Also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Danny Ray Thompson of Philadelphia passed away on Thursday March 12, 2020 at the Holy Redeemer Hospice at the age of 72 after a long illness.

Beloved father of Darrell Thompson (Leslyn,) Gay Ojugbana and Loren Ojugbana. Former husband of Marilyn Ojugbana. Devoted brother of Dawne Thompson. He is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his Graveside Service on Saturday March 21, 2020 12:00 PM at Northwood Cemetery 1501 Haines Street Philadelphia PA 19126.

FUNERAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED - Memorial Service will be rescheduled at a later date...

Marie E. Smart, (nee O'Donnell) of Mayfair passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2020 at Nazareth Hospital at the age of 87.

Beloved wife of 63 years to James J. Smart Sr. Devoted mother of James J. Jr. (Maryanne) William (Stacey), Maureen Crosby (James), Rita Marinari (Dominic) and Carol Schwab (Ryan). Loving grandmom of Anne Marie Kauler (Eric), Theresa Velasquez (Marty), Joseph Smart (Larissa), Catherine Hill (Jon), Marybeth Buesching (Juergen), J. Christopher Smart, Jennifer Smart, Lauren Smart, Kelly Delisi (Derek), Patricia Czyzewski (Korye), James Crosby, Katherine Ogin (Mat), Christina Marinari, Dominic Marinari, Erin Schwab, Alyssa Schwab and Ryan Schwab; great grandmother of 15. Loving sister of Dolores Hampson, Catherine Ramirez and William O'Donnell.

Marie was a life-long Mayfair resident. Growing up on the 3400 block of Tudor St just a short stroll from all the shops along “The Avenue”. She attended St Matthew’s grade school and, in the fall of 1946, became a St Hubert’s Bambi. Upon graduation in 1950 she entered the workforce as a secretary for a Real Estate office.

The next chapter began when she met Jim Smart, a recently discharged US Navy Corporal, on a blind date. Marie and Jim dated continuously until they married on May 5, 1956. In January of 1958 James Jr. was born and so began Marie’s life as a devoted, loving, full-time mother. Bill was born in ‘59, Maureen in ’60 followed by Rita in ‘64 and finally Carol in 1967. Raising this handful kept Marie busy at home.


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