George S. Britton, folksinger
George S. Britton, 94, a folksinger and a major figure in the Delaware Valley folk music scene, died of Parkinson’s disease Feb. 12 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia.
Mr. Britton, who operated the George Britton Folk Studio in Lafayette Hill for 20 years, performed frequently throughout the area with his guitar, Elizabethan lute and a repertoire of songs in 10 languages. He appeared at schools, colleges and Philadelphia Orchestra Children’s Concerts and on radio and television.
Mr. Britton and his wife, Charlotte Klemp Britton, founded the Philadelphia Folksong Society with several friends in 1957, and five years later the society established the Philadelphia Folk Festival, which became an annual event attracting folk music fans from across the country.
The Brittons also were among the original partners of the Main Point coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr in the 1960s.
All four of their children and several of their grandchildren are accomplished musicians.
A machinist at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II, Mr. Britton purchased a guitar in 1945 after hearing radio broadcasts by folksinger Burl Ives. He first performed with the Meyer Davis Orchestra in California, then entertained at trailer and mining camps in the state.
Returning to Philad- elphia, he performed at festivals, coffeehouses and schools, and later entertained at political and peace rallies.
In 1984 Mr. Britton and his wife built a solar house in Miquon.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Britton is survived by sons Kerry and Timothy; daughters Wendy Young and Ellen; a sister, and seven grandchildren.
A song celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown. – WF
Harry S. Nutter, IT specialist
Mr. Nutter was director of telecommunications and information systems at the DPSC when he retired in 1993 after 33 years of service to the agency.
Noting that Mr. Nutter had “spearheaded DPSC’s automation revolution,” his DPSC Hall of Fame citation said that his “superb management information telecommunications technology had put DPSC in the vanguard of the Defense Department’s automation security efforts.”
Mr. Nutter was chairman of the board of the Defense Supply of Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, which later merged with the Sun Federal Credit Union. At the time of his death he was a board member of Sun Federal Credit Union and chairman of its South Philadelphia Advisory Board.
Mr. Nutter was a graduate of Southeast Catholic High School, now Neumann-Goretti, and attended Lincoln University on a scholarship and, later, Temple University.
He served in the Air Corps during the Korean War.
He volunteered as a computer science teacher at St. Therese School in Mt Airy until it closed in 2002 and later at De Paul Catholic School in Germantown.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Vivian Carey; daughters Valerie Nutter-Lawrence and Christine; a sister, and one granddaughter. Another daughter, Lisa Rodgers, died in 2009.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 27 at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church in Mt. Airy. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. – WF
Deborah Mellon, of W. Norriton, formerly of Erdenheim, on March 6, 2010. Mother of Gretchen Kirk Friedberger and the late Henry Thomas Friedberger. Sister of Margaret “Meg” Mellon Grobner (Wayne) and Thomas S. Mellon (Lex). Aunt of Elizabeth G. Vandenberghe, Meghan G. Conroy, Leigh H. Mellon, Michael H. Mellon, Keating Conroy and Alexis Vandenberghe. Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation at 9AM followed by her Funeral Mass at 10AM, Friday, March 12, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. Int. Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Deborah.