Pierre Joseph “Pete” Marcolina, 82, of Lafayette Hill, a retired masonry contractor whose work graced many area estates, schools and colleges, died March 9 of cancer at the VNA Hospice in Vero Beach, Fla., where he had a second residence.
For more than 50 years until his retirement in 2000, Mr. Marcolina worked at his his family’s business, Marcolina Brothers Inc., becoming president when his father retired. The firm, which had offices on Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill, also operated a quarry on Waverly Road in Cheltenham that produced Wissahickon Schist stone used in many regional buildings.
The Marcolina firm was widely known for providing high-quality and authentic stonework, using highly skilled Italian masons, and its services were employed by many local institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Albert M. Greenfield Estate (now the SugarLoaf Campus of Chestnut Hill College), Chestnut Hill Hospital, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College and many more.
Raised in Laverock, Mr. Marcolina graduated from La Salle College High School, where he starred on the tennis and track teams, and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and business from Drexel University. At Drexel he ws a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and president of both the Newman Club and Independent Men of Drexel.
He had served on the boards of Chestnut Hill College and Chestnut Hill Hospital.
He also was a talented singer and had recorded many CDs, among them “Love Songs of Broadway,“ which included a duet with his granddaughter Dana, an aspiring actress.
He was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Lafayette Hill, Holy Cross Church in Vero Beach, and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Beach Haven, N.J.
An avid golfer, he was a member of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, where he had won many trophies. He spent many summers deep-sea fishing on his boat, the Sol y Mar.
Mr. Marcolina is survived by his wife, the former Amelia “Geri” Lulewitch; sons Daniel, Peter and Kirk, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at St. Philip Neri Church, 437 Ridge Pike in Lafayette Hill. Relatives and friends may call at the church after 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham. – WF
Memorial donations may be made to the Beach Haven Hurricane Relief Fund, 300 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, NJ 08008.
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