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Marc P. Riddell of West Chester Marc P. Riddell, loving husband of Kayte (Kathryn) Connelly of West Chester and devoted father of his son Marcus and daughter-in-law Megon, Jonestown, Pa., died suddenly on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, in his sleep. He was the son of the late R. Hyde and Betty Jane (nee Oberdorf) Riddell, was pre-deceased in death by his brother Hyde, and his sister Pamela, and is survived by more than 60 Riddell and Connelly family members. Marc was a shareholder with the accounting firm of Fischer Cunnane & Associates Ltd in West Chester and was a founding partner with Archer, McClellan & Riddell LLP in Selinsgrove, Pa. He was a certified public accountant, a certified valuation analyst and an accredited estate planner. He served as treasurer and as a board member of the Estate Planning Council of Chester County, as a member of the Governmental Affairs Special Interest Group of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and as treasurer and a member of the Ss. Simon and Jude Knights of Columbus in West Chester. Marc had formerly served as a school board member for Selinsgrove School District. He was also a member emeritus for the United Way of Snyder County and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of the Central PA Rowers Association and served as president for many years. Marc was an All American, All State football scholar athlete, playing tackle for Clarion University. He later enjoyed a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Through his service as a Civil War living historian, Marc served with Cooper's Battery B 1st PA Light Artillery, 83rs PA Volunteers, Frederick Ladies Relief Society, Co. C 2nd Regiment US Sharpshooters and the Victorian Dance Ensemble. He was recognized as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War through the service of his great-grandfather William S. Riddell, Private, Company D, 6th Pennsylvania Calvary "Rush's Lancers". Marc was passionate about Civil War history and consulted on and acted in numerous Civil War film movies and documentaries including Gettysburg, Shadow Riders and many others. He also performed in numerous history channel documentaries including Antietam, Brandywine and Cedar Creek. He was a gift of life donor and a dedicated philanthropist. Some of his favorite charities were Art-Reach, Inc., St. Labre Indian School, the Southwest Indian Foundation and Children's Hospital of PA. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, at Ss. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Ct., West Chester, PA 19382, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11a.m. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Marc P. Riddell Scholarship Fund at Clarion University, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214. Marc was cherished by his family at work and his extended family in life. He brought joy to all and will be greatly missed.

Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 16, 2012
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