Deon family donates Burlington-bristol bridge mural
BRISTOL BOROUGH - When Bristol Borough native Pasquale Deon died in 2008, it was left to his family to sort through his possessions, including his PDny flHD PDUNHW finGs. EvHn hLs wLGRw Anna Mae was surprised by some of the WUHDsuUHs shH IRunG Ln hLs RIfiFH DW WhH FRuple’s clorida home, including a 10-foot by four-foot mural of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge, painted by a Philadelphia-area artLsW, WLOODUG BRURw (1918-1988).
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