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A Funeral Mass for John F. McNichol will be at noon Friday, Jan. 6, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 2500 Schoolhouse Lane, Drexel Hill.

Mr. McNichol, 73, a guiding force of the Delaware County Republican Party, died Saturday, Dec. 31, at Chester County Hospital.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
Donations may be made to Abramson Cancer Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Suite 750, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia 19104. He then became human-resources manager and safety director for Kamco Building Supply in Chichester. He retired in June.

Eileen Censullo, one of Mr. Dougherty’s daughters, said her father did the work he did for the township and other organizations "because he loved people and liked to meet new people.

"He made a lot of good friends through all these organizations who have become life-long friends."

In parent organizations from his children’s grammar-school years and later in their high school days, "he wanted to be involved," she said.

A 1954 graduate of St. Thomas More High School in West Philadelphia, Mr. Dougherty was a founder and past president of its alumni association and a member of its executive board. He received its Father McVeigh Award in 1995.

He was a past chairman of the St. Thomas More Hall of Fame Committee, chairman of the Class of 1954 Alumni Association, and a member of the Alumni Communion Breakfast Committee.

For Cardinal O’Hara High School, he was a past president and treasurer of its Home and School Association and a member of its Hall of Fame Committee and its President’s Club.

At Our Lady of Fatima Church, he was a past president and treasurer of its Home and School Association and a member of its CYO.

He was a past president of Division 65 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a member of the De LaSalle 590 Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his daughter Eileen, he is survived by son John G.; daughters Kathleen DeMara, Donna Pascali and Patty Johnson; two brothers; companion Barbara Marks; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The former Joan Loftus, his wife of 40 years, died in 1997.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 8 to 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, One Fatima Drive, Secane. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.

Contact staff writer Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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