Anthony J. Longo, former VFW Commander
Anthony J. Longo, 93, of Chestnut Hill, a retired postal worker and a former state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, died Aug. 24 at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Mr. Longo was a founding member in 1946 of the Chestnut Hill VFW Post 5205 and had served as its commander from 1956 to 1957 and as quartermaster for 50 years.
He served as Pennsylvania State Commander of the VFW from 1979 to 1980 and was named an All-American Commander by the organization. He was a member of the VFW’s National Council from 1989 to 1991 and had also been Philadelphia District Commander in 1963.
He served in the Army during World War II in the China, India and Burma theaters as a member of the Army Postal Service, rising to the rank of captain. After his discharge, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years, retiring in1971.
In 2007, Mr. Longo was cited by the City of Philadelphia for a “lifetime of dedicated service and contributions to his community, his city, his state and his country.”
A lifelong resident of Chestnut Hill, he attended the J.S. Jenks Elementary School and graduated from Germantown High School.
Mr. Longo also was a member of the Continental Post of the American Legion, the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club, the Chestnut Hill Community Association and Sandy Hill Country Club.
He was an avid gardener who shared his homegrown vegetables with friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Thomas; a son, Gregory; two daughters, Sister Toni Longo ASC and Tina Melissen; sisters Louise Longo and Jean Przybylko; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Gabor; a brother, James Longo, and a sister, Marion Beardsley, preceded him in death.
A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Aug. 28 at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Entombment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the above church or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 125 S. Ninth St., Ste. 202, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
James P. Marcolongo
James P. Marcolongo “Jim” passed away suddenly on August 22, 2009. Jim was born in Ridley Park on November 18, 1966. He attended Sharon Hill Elementary School and Academy Park High School. Jim played football as a youth and was an Eagle Scout. He started as a volunteer firefighter with the Sharon Hill Fire Department. Jim graduated from the Williamsport Hospital Paramedic Institute in 1989 and was appointed to the Philadelphia Fire Department in August of 1990. Jim was a Paramedic with the Philadelphia Fire Department on Medic 20 and he previously served on Medic 3 for 10 Years. Jim loved to cook and never missed an opportunity to cook for friends and family. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed reading and spending time with his dogs. Jim will be sadly missed by his wife Maria with whom he shared 20 wonderful years. He was the loving son of James P. and Elaine Marcolongo. Grandson of Bessie Matsinger, Dear brother of Kim Evangelist (Anthony), Christopher and Leonard (Joyce). Son in law of Marie Kohut and the late Raymond. Brother in law of David Kohut. Also surviving are 2 nephews. Funeral mass was held at Our Mother of Consolation Church, Chestnut Hill on Saturday, August 29. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers donations in Jim’s memory to to P.A.W.S. 100 n. 2nd St. Phila, PA 19106 or Thunders Angel Dog Rescue, 317 Wind Ripple Ct., Harleysville, PA 19438 would be appreciated.