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Lillian D. Boyd

Lillian Dolores Boyd, 79, co-proprietor with her husband, Irvin Basil Boyd Sr., of Meetinghouse Antiques in Fort Washington, died July 4 of colon cancer at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor.

Mrs. Boyd and her husband had turned their love of Colonial American antiques into a business in 1968 on the site of what was formerly the Whitemarsh Friends Meeting. They had purchased the property in 1959 and had converted it into a shop and a home for their family.

Earlier, the Boyds had operated the Fyfe & Boyd Funeral Home in Mt. Airy for 16 years.

Born Lillian Dolores Horn in Queens, New York, Mrs. Boyd moved with her family to Philadelphia in 1941. She graduated from Germantown High School, where she met her future husband.

During the 1940s she worked for the Tyler Fogg Agency as a fashion and photographic model for Strawbridge & Clothier and the Bell Telephone Co.

Mrs. Boyd was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and earlier had been involved with the Youth Ministry at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by sons Irvin Basil Boyd Jr. of Fort Washington and Knickerbocker Stephen Boyd of Goshen, Ind.; a daughter, Priscilla Boyd Angelos of Ambler; a sister, Marilyn White of Philadelphia, and nine grandchildren.

A private memorial service and interment will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. 
Thomas J. Garoppo Jr.
Thomas J. Garoppo Jr., 71, a retired plumbing contractor, died June 30 at his home in Wyndmoor.

Born and raised in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Garoppo was a graduate of Our Mother of Consolation Parish School and LaSalle College High School.

He is survived by sons Christopher, Andrew and Joseph; a daughter, Linda McConnell; his mother, Caroline Garoppo; a brother, Frank Garoppo, and ten grandchildren. Mr. Garoppo’s wife, the former Elizabeth “Betsy” Dean; a son, Thomas Garoppo III, and a sister, Carmela Dessert, preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 6 at Seven Dolors Church in Wyndmoor. Memorial donations may be made to the Autism Society of America, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814.


Marguerite Kimes

Marguerite “Peggy” Kimes, 90, of Chestnut Hill, died July 1 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Mrs. Kimes, the former Marguerite Why, is survived by daughters Sandra Walsh, Sally Mann and Deborah Bednar; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kimes’ husband, Earl A. Kimes, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, 8300 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118, with interment in Lawnview Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the above church.


Joseph A. Minott Jr.

Joseph A. Minott Jr., 87, a retired foreign service officer, died June 30 of respiratory arrest at his home in Chestnut Hill.

Mr. Minott joined the foreign service after graduating cum laude from Harvard College in 1948. He served in U.S. embassies in Oslo, Norway; Paris, France; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Capetown, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius, and Saigon, Vietnam.

A native of Portland, Ore., he won a scholarship to attend Middlesex School in Concord, Mass. After graduation in 1941, he enrolled at Harvard, but his college career was interrupted by World War II. During the war he served in the Army Air Force and was stationed in England.

Upon his retirement in 1971, Mr. Minott studied art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation and worked as a guide for the Philadelphia historical houses of Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill.

In 1989 he received the Chestnut Hill Community Association Award for his many years of volunteer service at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

He also volunteered at Betak Hospice for patients with AIDS, Springfield Retirement Community, Wissahickon Hospice and the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Mr. Minott is survived by sons John Heard Couch Minott, Geoffrey Disston Minott, Joseph Otis Minott, Owen Wister Minott; a daughter, Elizabeth Minott, and three grandchildren. Mr. Minott’s wife, the former Lorraine Lukens, preceded him in death.

A private memorial service will be held in August. Memorial donations may be made to the Clean Air Council, 135 South 19th St., Suite 300, Philadelphia PA 19103, where an endowment has been established for Mr. Minott’s late wife.