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1926 - 2014 |
Paul E. Aloe, 87, a dedicated civic leader who worked tirelessly to better his community, died Monday, April 8,2014 in Abington as a result of sepsis. He loved Abington, having lived in Rydal for 57 years. He was one of the founders of the Abington Township Republican Organization and served as its Chairman in the 70s. He formerly served as the president of the Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association. He was instrumental in the creation of the Julie Greenbaum Memorial Award, which recognizes community service of high school seniors with scholarships. He believed in fighting for what was right and just and he was an inspiration to all who wish to serve their communities. He inspired and mentored many generations of civic leaders and fought for many civic causes in Abington. He was also a dedicated and hardworking small business owner, serving for years as the president of E Hubschman and Sons, a longstanding leather Philadelphia tannery. Later, he turned his love for the aloe plant into a company, The Magic of Aloe, based out of Pennsauken, NJ. He loved to drink aloe vera juice, which he did daily throughout his life, and never showed up to a family function without a bag full of green soaps carved with an aloe plant. He was born on May 6th, 1926 in Shaker Heights , Ohio. He grew up on and lived on a farm in Warminster, Pennsylvania with his sister, Patricia, whom he loved dearly. He served in the
United States Navy
World War II
, and was deployed on a warship in the Pacific. When he returned from the Navy, he completed college and then married Mary Hubschman (1929-1976). He was a devoted husband and loving father to their son, Paul H. Aloe. He attended college at Temple University, graduating with the class of 1950, where he was the president of the One World League, a group promoting intercultural understanding based on a philosophy of brotherly love. He was also a member of Phi Gamma Mu and the elite Sword Society. He was a world traveler, a lover of good food and good wine, and a kind man who loved nothing more than cooking on his outdoor fireplace. He was a skilled gardener and spent his life surrounded by beautiful flowers. He was a fighter, beating insurmountable odds over and over. He never gave up. He believed in living surrounded by love and friendship, and he was full of determination and surrounded by love through the end. He is survived by his son, Paul H. Aloe, and his two grandchildren, Jessica Mary Aloe and Ryan Daniel Aloe. They, along with his beloved Abington community, miss him and continue to be inspired by his incredible spirit. A memorial service will be held on Monday April 14 at 1P.M. at the Abington Friends Meeting House, 520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046 (215)-884-2865
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 13, 2014
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