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Ronald B. Merriweather, municipal judge

Ronald Bernard Merriweather, 72, of East Mt. Airy, a Municipal Court judge in Philadelphia who also taught law at Temple University and the Berean Institute, died of cancer June 24 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Judge Merriweather had served the court for more than 25 years and had been supervising judge in the criminal division. He retired as a senior judge in 2009 after he became ill.

Before becoming a judge in the 1980s, Judge Merriweather had been an agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Cleveland and, earlier, a U.S. Secret Service agent.

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Law School, he was an attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1976 he opened an office in Philadelphia, specializing in criminal law.

During the 1970s he worked with a group of civic leaders to stop gang violence.

Judge Merriweather was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, where he was a member of the cross-country team that won the Public League Championship in 1955.

He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morgan State University, where he was student council president, a star on the track team and the recipient of the school’s Second Mile Award for Leadership.

He served in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas.

He was active in many organizations, including the Masons, the Boy Scouts and the NAACP.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred; a brother, Charles, and his longtime companion, Charlita Martin-Latham.

Funeral services were held July 6 at the First African Baptist Church in Sharon Hill. Interment was in Mount Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill. – WF


Sarah Vanneman Bradbury

Sarah Vanneman Bradbury, age 88, widow of Samuel Bradburry, III, died on June 30th in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Bradbury was the daughter of the late Sarah Hanson Vanneman and Paul Vanneman Jr.

Most recently, she was a resident of the Cathedral Village, where she was very active on many Village committees. Mrs. Bradbury graduated from Ravenhill Academy, and throughout her life was a dedicated volunteer to many civic and educational institutions, including the schools of all her children. As a young woman, along with her husband, she was an enthusiastic member of the Savoy Company and was also a member of the Antediluvians, an organization founded in 1814. She co-founded the Seed and Weed Garden Club, and was an avid gardener and birdwatcher. She loved Mount Desert Island, Maine, and Cape May, New Jersey, where she enjoyed all the summers of her life.

Mrs. Bradbury is survived by two daughters, Sarah Bradbury Rorer and Althea Bradbury Bullard, and her son Samuel Bradbury, IV. Additionally, she leaves seven grandchildren: Sarah Bradbury Rorer Brown, Amelie Rorer Conley, Anna Crapo Bullard, Katherine Bradbury Bullard, Carey Bradbury Glines, Samuel Bradbury, V, Tyler Hart Bradbury and three great grandchildren, Sarah Campbell Brown, Amelie Copeland Brown and Charlotte Chapman Brown. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Louise Vanneman Riley.

Services will be private



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