Joseph N. Ursini of Down­ing­town

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Joseph N. Ursini (Joe), 79, of Down­ing­town, completed his earthly life on Novem­ber 15th, 2016, at home sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. He was the beloved hus­band of Stella A. (nee Kara­halis) Ursini, his high school sweet­heart, with whom he shared 57 years of mar­riage. He was a son of the late Ni­cola and Adelina (nee Spadona) Ursini. He grad­u­ated from Down­ing­town High School in 1955. In high school, Joe played the trum­pet and had a nine piece dance band called the Sil­ver Stars, which performed at Steel Pier in At­lantic City, NJ, among other venues.

Joe grad­u­ated from Bar­ber School in Philadel­phia. Grow­ing up, he worked in his brother Tony’s bar­ber shop and in 1957, Ursini’s Bar­ber Shop was opened on Brandy­wine Av­enue. The brothers cut hair for over four gen­er­a­tions. Joe also cut hair with Tony at the Val­ley Forge Army Hos­pi­tal in Phoenixville. On Wed­nes­days, when the Bar­ber Shop was closed, the brothers would cut hair at Church Farm School. Joe was also em­ployed by Pep­peridge Farm in the 1970s, when long hair was in style. He also owned Kings High­way Inn, in Thorn­dale and Cen­tral Tav­ern in Coatesville.

Joe en­joyed play­ing cards with his friends. When he had the chance, he loved to re­lax at his bay­side home in Ocean City, MD, fish­ing and boat­ing with his grand­chil­dren and his friends. Joe was known for his kind, gen­er­ous heart and his end­less sense of hu­mor. He was a life-long mem­ber of St. Joseph Church, the Min­quas Fire Com­pany and the Moose, as well as a mem­ber of the Lion’s Club, all in Down­ing­town.

In ad­di­tion to his wife Stella, he is sur­vived by his chil­dren; daugh­ters Kath­leen M. Allan (Wil­liam) of Ch­ester Springs and Su­san C. Ursini of Down­ing­town; a son, Ni­cholas J. Ursini of West Ch­ester, as well as three grand­chil­dren; Devin A. Ursini, Blair K. Allan and Brett K. Allan. Joe was pre­de­ceased by two chil­dren, daugh­ter Michelle A. Ursini and son Christo­pher M. Ursini and his dear brother, An­thony. Joe’s car­di­ol­o­gist, Dr. Su­san Wiegers, Dean of Car­di­ol­ogy at Tem­ple Univer­sity, went above the call of her pro­fes­sion for Joe. He had the best care from Neigh­bor­hood Hospice of West Ch­ester, es­pe­cially from his de­voted nurse, Su­san Oddo.

A Fu­neral Mass cel­e­brat­ing Joe’s life will be held at St. Joseph Church, 338 Manor Ave., Down­ing­town, on Mon­day, Novem­ber 21st at 11:00 a.m., where fam­ily and friends may call from 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

In­ter­ment will be at St. Joseph Ceme­tery in Down­ing­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to Neigh­bor­hood Hospice, 795 E. Mar­shall St., West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are be­ing han­dled by the James J. Terry Fu­neral Home, 736 E. Lan­caster Ave., Down­ing­town, PA. To send on­line con­do­lences, visit www.jamester­ry­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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