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Joseph Francis McElwee Obituary
Joseph Francis McElwee, Jr. Joseph Francis McElwee, Jr. age 87, died at home surrounded by his loving children on April 22, 2014 of Berwyn since 1990, formerly of Merion Station. Predeceased by his wife of 60 yrs. Therese M. (nee Pereyra), his son Gerald A., his daughter Mary Carol, his brothers Daniel W. and John Patrick and his sister Grace C. Brennan. Survived by his children Joseph F. III (Nanette), Michael A., Therese M. McElwee, Grace Ann Coleman (Edward), Donna Marie, Lisanne M. Balady (Christopher), Martin J. (Barbara), M. Noelle Hildreth (John), John P. (Catherine), William C. (Francine), Rosemarie Console (James), and Thomas E. (Kathleen), his 43 grandchildren, 4 great grandsons, and his sisters Mary Ellen Meeley and Anne T. Cermack. Joseph is the son of Joseph, Sr. and Grace (nee Wade) and was baptized in Holy Child Parish, North Philadelphia. He attended St. Mathias Grade School in Bala Cynwyd, graduated from Saint Joseph's Prep in 1944 and from there, enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served on board the U.S.S. Carter as a Petty Officer Third Class. Joe was honorably discharged in June 1946. Mr. McElwee graduated from Saint Joseph's College in 1950. After College he worked for Publicker Industries in South Philadelphia and then for his father at United Machine and Tool, where, after taking over the reins, he created his own successful industrial valve and pump repair business. Joe married his bride of sixty years, Therese Pereyra, on October 3, 1953. Together they created a loving family who grew up mostly in Merion, PA and attended St. Mathias Parish. Known for his service to his family and the greater community, Mr. McElwee served as President of the Serra Club during the 1960's, served on the Archdiocesan Human Rights Commission, and taught as a volunteer at the Dennis Comey Institute of Industrial Relations at St. Joseph's College for 40 years. He also coached Amateur Athletic Union and Catholic Youth Organization Girls Basketball. Over the years, Mr. McElwee provided employment for many. He performed countless acts of religious devotion and charity. He visited the sick, attended daily noon mass at the closest Parish, attended 40 hours devotions, kept watch during the wee hours of the Good Friday vigil at St. Matthias, St. Norbert's and St. Isaac Jogues. Mr. McElwee was an avid fund-raiser, helping through his efforts one of his workers who needed dialysis. He helped raise money for everything from University Service Trips to the Navajo Reservation to the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Mr. McElwee was a member of the Knights of Columbus Catholic Men's Fraternity, and a fan of all things Jesuit, especially the Hawks of St. Joseph's. He made Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam and the Magis more than mottos but part of his life. He loved telling jokes. He loved musical theater and the music of his era. A patriot, he mimicked Jimmy Durante as "Yankee Doodle Dandy " as he led annual 4th shore block while serenading the neighbors with songs and praying for their loved ones in the service. He taught his grandchildren how to properly fold the United States Flag. Joe McElwee is as good an example as any of why those men and women of those times were called the Greatest Generation. Joe McElwee was the "Attitude" guy. He had cards made to prove it. And if you knew him, or ever met him, there is a good chance you got one of those cards. In the end he was also of July Parades down a Jersey the "gratitude" guy, who simply could not believe how lucky he was, or count the blessings he received. He lived all the way and never stopped. About him, as the saying goes, his like we shall not see again. More than anything he loved his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his God, his Church and his wife, Therese. What those two lived, contributed, and created together, is a matter of wonder. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Sunday Afternoon April 27th 3:00-6:00 PM at The D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008 and Monday Morning Viewing 10:00 AM at St. Norbert's Church, 50 Leopard Rd., Paoli, PA 19301. Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Int. Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken, PA. Contributions can be made to: Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd. Mahwah, NJ. 07430 Care of: Therese Book Distribution Project (Fr. William Byron, S.J)
Published in Main Line Media News on May 4, 2014
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