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James J. McDonnell, 84 James J. McDonnell, 84, of Honeybrook, formerly of West Goshen and Havertown, died April 16th at Tel Hai in Honeybrook. Born and raised in Phila., he was a graduate of St. Francis Vocational High School. Jim served in the Marine Corps at the close of WWII and was member of their ceremonial drill team. A Haverford Township Police Officer, he served that community for 26 years retiring in 1983. He had also worked at the A&P food market on West Chester Pk. in Havertown and had been a member of Sacred Heart Church in Manoa. Following his retirement, Jim then worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Chester County. An avid sports fan, most Saturdays found him watching Notre Dame football, Sunday's were reserved for the Eagles and he was loyal to the Phillies in good times and bad. He was the husband of the late Josephine (ne Morrone), who died in 1968; the late Lillian (ne Frye) who died in 1992 and the late Shirley (ne Linnenbaugh) who died in 2011. Survivors: His daughter, Marie (Dan) Wallower, his step-daughter, Geraldine (Jim) Phipps, step-sons, Michael and Carl "Bill" Geesey, 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Funeral Mass/Calling Hours: will be 11am, Fri., at SS Simon & Jude Church, Rt. 3 (West Chester Pk at Rte. 352), Westtown, where friends may call after 10am. Burial: at Valley Forge Gardens, King of Prussia. Contributions: In his memory may be made to the TelHai Assurance Fund, PO Box 190, Honeybrook, Pa 19344. Arrangements: Toppitzer Funeral Home. Online condolences: www.toppitzer.us

Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 18, 2013
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