Obituaries
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Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown, a Mt. Airy resident for 52 years and passionate Native American activist, died at age 93 on Oct. 23 at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. more
William Edward Gillies died peacefully in his sleep on 26 September 2021 at the age of 87, after a long illness. more
Long-time Mt. Airy resident Benjamin L. Bynum Sr. who brought countless boldface jazz names to his Cadillac Club, died of age-related ailments on Oct. 19 at the age of 98. more
Chestnut Hill lost one of its most important and influential civic leaders last Tuesday when Dorothy “Dottie” Sheffield died at her home at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. She was 96 … more
Sigmund, 84, of Wyndmoor, died Sept. 14 from complications of a heart attack. Services were held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill. more
Long-time Chestnut Hill resident Sarah Stevens Heckscher, who died of metastatic breast cancer July 17 in Greenbrae, Marin County, Calif. at 85, was truly a renaissance woman. more
Christopher Rittenhouse Bentley, 59, passed away on Aug. 6 after a five-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. more
Ellen Van Pelt Wells, newspaper editor, political activist and naturalist, died peacefully on August 14th at age 93 in Philadelphia.  more
In retirement, he worked for several years as articles editor at the Chestnut Hill Local. more
Calla Knopman, 58, an animal behaviorist and volunteer with Brenda's Cat Rescue (BCR), whose photos of rescued cats have appeared in the Local for two decades, died Aug. 4. more
Lois H. Fischer, a Master Gardener, museum educator, property manager and loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021 at the age of 70, surrounded by her family. more
Marie Rankin, of Chestnut Hill, passed away unexpectedly at home on May 25 at the age of 81. Marie was born in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. At age 16, Marie traveled by boat alone to the U.S. in … more
Harry “Kenny” Milner, a resident of Wyndmoor, died March 6, 2021, two months before his 101st Birthday.  Kenny was born May 6, 1920, in Philadelphia, to Caroline and Charles Milner. … more
In Gene Bishop's desk is a stack of index cards — the kind doctors would fill out, one for each patient, in the hand-scribed days before electronic medical records. The cards date to the 1970s, … more
Arnold Lee Greenberg, 82, died in Penobscot, Maine, on March 5, after a struggle with prostate cancer. Born April 25, 1938 in Chester, Pennsylvania and raised in Philadelphia, Greenberg had a rich, … more
Elda Davis, who lived in Mt. Airy for 35 years and then Chestnut Hill for 18 years after her family survived the Nazi destruction of her home town in central Europe during World War II, died Feb. 3 … more
Elizabeth Marvin Cecil (Betty),84, died peacefully on December 4th, 2020 at The Hill at Whitemarsh in Lafayette Hill, PA. The cause of death was multiple myeloma. She is survived by her two daughters … more
Julia Vieland, pianist and teacher, died peacefully at Cathedral Village in Roxborough on February 3, 2021. Julia devoted more than 75 of her 96 years to sharing the joy of making music through her … more
Barbara Ann Ruth, a former Chestnut Hill resident, died peacefully at her home in Philadelphia, Jan. 20 at the age of 81. Barbara blazed her own trail in life. While her family was well known for … more
On May 29, 2019, Mayor Kenney and the city-sponsored a luncheon in the ballroom at Sugar House Casino to honor the city's centenarians. One of the honorees was Russell A. Harvey, a lifelong Northwest … more
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