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Mackey F. Emmert

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Mackey F. Emmert

AGE: 90 • Georgetown

Mackey (Mack) Emmert passed away on June 3, 2016 at his home in Georgetown. Born July 7, 1925, in Chambersburg, PA to L. DeForest and Emily Emmert. He lived and worked for many years in Wilmington, DE and Fort Lauderdale, FL

He will be missed by his family, his many friends and those who were entertained by his performances. His unconquerable spirit was an inspiration to those who knew him and he was always ready to help others.

Mack grew up in suburban Philadelphia. After service in the Navy during World War II, he attended Penn State University and the Harvard Business School. He also attended the University of Wales in Aberstwyth, Wales.

A business consultant and entertainer, he was active in many charitable activities. As part of the 1958 Red Feather campaign, he organized a flight over Wilmington by the balloon used for the motion picture "Around the World in Eighty Days" and appeared as Jiminy Cricket. For this and his other charitable activities he was named Wilmington and Delaware's Young Man of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Among other charitable activities were treasurer and business manager of OperaDelaware (then Wilmington Opera Society), a founder of Aids Delaware} and service on the YMCA Central Branch board of managers, YMCA World Service Committee and Wemyss Foundation. His work as an AIDS volunteer was recognized with an award from AARP and described in a chapter in "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul."

Among his major business accomplishments was the installation of a solar salt water purification project in Symi. Prior to the installation, this small Greek island in the Dodecanese had to import water to supplement what little rain water it could collect. He was always warmly greeted by the people of Symi on subsequent visits.

His Mack's Marionettes have appeared on television, in commercials, shows and movies as well as theaters and night clubs all over the world. While in Wales, he used in his puppetry skills to entertain war orphans living in Great Britain. One very successful tour took the troupe to South Africa for the Durban International Festival of Youth. Citronella, one of his hand puppets, was a popular presence at many functions and charitable activities. He was also a member of the Wilmington Drama League, the Arden Players Gild, the Lyceum Players and the Brandywiners. Among his roles with those organizations was Harry Beaton in "Brigadoon" and Puck in " A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Predeceased by his twin sister Lillian (Dede) Emmert and a former partner, Karl Franz, he is survived by his husband, Evan M. Bush; his nieces, Robin Cushman and Shawn Bachtler; a former partner, Bernard Sullivan; his stepson and several granddaughters, grand nephews and grand nieces.

A celebration of Mack's life is planned for late July.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to OperaDelaware; The Mack Emmert Trustee Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University, University Park, PA; AIDS Delaware; Delaware Hospice; and Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth Beach.

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Published in The News Journal from June 8 to June 12, 2016
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