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Locke K. Brown, former teacher

Locke K. Brown, 79, a former Chestnut Hill resident who taught English at Springside School, died Sept. 5 of cancer at Foulkeways in Gwynedd.

Mrs. Brown taught at Springside from 1961 to 1968, and later at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, retiring in 1981.

Born in Plymouth Meeting, she attended the Baldwin School for a year and graduated from Springside, where she was a member of the field hockey team. A natural athlete, she was also an avid horsewoman.

Mrs. Brown graduated from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in English, and for a time worked as an editor at Curtis Publishing Co. in Philadelphia. Later in life, she earned a master’s degree in history at Bryn Mawr College.

When her husband, the late Crosby Brown, retired from banking, the couple moved to Blue Hill, Maine, where she acquired her husband’s love of sailing. She also wrote for the local paper, worked as a substitute teacher and visited high schools across Maine, encouraging young women to seek a college education.

When her husband died in 1990, she returned to the Philadelphia area.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Acorn Club, the Penllyn Club and the Colonial Dames and volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society and the Seven Sisters Downeast. She was an avid participant in book clubs and led adult education classes into the last year of her life.

She is survived by sons J. Crosby Brown IV of Wyndmoor and John K. “Jack” Brown of Charlotte, Va., and two grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Thomas Church Whitemarsh, Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington.


Camille T. Nice, business owner

Camille T. Nice, 97, the former owner of Chestnut Hill Beer Distributors, died Sept. 7 at Springhouse Estates.

Mrs. Nice, a longtime resident of Chestnut Hill, conducted the business for 15 years, selling it in 1970 to a relative.

Born Camille Tornatore in Mt. Airy, Mrs. Nice moved to Chestnut Hill with her family when she was 12. She attended Our Mother of Consolation Parish School and a business school then operated by the parish.

Mrs. Nice was a volunteer at Chestnut Hill Hospital for many years. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chestnut Hill Post No. 5207 and Our Mother of Consolation Church.

She is survived by a son, David; a daughter, Marian Dean; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the above church.


Thomas F. Galante, landscape contractor

Thomas Francis Galante, 92, of Erdenheim, a retired landscape contractor and a decorated World War II veteran, died Aug. 25 of respiratory failure and cancer at St. Joseph’s Villa in Flourtown.

Mr. Galante and a brother, Alexander, operated the Galante Brothers landscaping firm in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years. The brothers, who sold the business in 1989, were also known locally for selling Christmas trees every year at Ardleigh Street and Willow Grove Avenue.

Mr. Galante was born and raised in Chestnut Hill, one of 12 children of Jacob and Esther Galante. He attended Our Mother of Consolation Parish School and graduated from Germantown High School. He had also taken courses in horticulture and landscape design at Penn State University.

He served in the Army during World War II as a sergeant in the 103rd Combat Engineers. As a squad and platoon leader, he participated in the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 20, 1944, and also saw combat in the Rhineland and at the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Galante was discharged from the Army after his feet were frozen during the Battle of the Bulge. He prevailed on doctors who wanted to amputate to give his feet time to heal, which they did, although he suffered from circulatory problems for the rest of his life.

For his military service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Battle Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Presidential Citation, the American Defense Medal, the American Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

In later life, Mr. Galante frequently visited local schools to speak about his wartime experiences. He returned to Belgium several years ago as a guest of the Belgian government during ceremonies commemorating the Battle of the Bulge.

In addition to his brother Alexander, Mr. Galante is survived by sons Thomas A, Edward H. and Leonard J.; a daughter, Lorraine M. Hammond; brothers Ignatius, Joseph, Frank, Jack and Anthony; a sister, Jean, and eight grandchildren. Mr. Galante’s wife, the former Elizabeth Howard; a brother Leonard, and sisters Jane Frances and Grace, preceded him in death.

A funeral Mass was celebrated August 31 at St. Genevieve Church in Flourtown. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Villa, 110 West Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.