John "Jack" J. Birmingham, 79, husband of Shirley A. (Kulp) Birmingham, of Douglassville, Pa., died suddenly Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Jack married Shirley, his childhood sweetheart, almost 59 years ago.
Born in Shenandoah, Pa, he was the son of the late John J. and Helen E. (Shustack) Birmingham Sr.
Jack was a pipe fitter and welder throughout the Pottstown area for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Jack was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother R.C.C., Howard and Jefferson Streets in Stowe, Pa. He was a third-degree member of Father Bally Council #1192 Knights of Columbus of Stowe, Pa., and a fourth-degree member of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Assembly #3046 of Stowe, Pa. He was also a member of St. Gabriel's Lodge and a life member of the West End Fire Company, both of Stowe, Pa.
Surviving with his wife is a daughter, Cheryl A., wife of William Dampman, of Douglassville, Pa. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jennifer R., wife of Philip Nunan, of Boyertown, Pa., and Dale Dampman and his partner, Jesse Melchior, of Mohnton, Pa., as well asa great-grandson, Aidan Nunan. Jack is survived by three brothers: Joseph Daniel Birmingham, of Douglassville, Pa., James P. Birmingham, of King of Prussia, Pa., and Edward F. Birmingham, of Gilbertsville, Pa., along with two sisters: Anne M. Kelsch, of Bechtelsville, Pa., and Rita R. Reigner, of Douglassville, Pa.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother R.C.C. Monday Jan. 6, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, Pa.
A viewing will be Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. from Warker-Troutman Funeral Home, 726 E. High Street, Pottstown, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the memorial fund of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother R.C.C., 127 East Howard Street, Stowe, PA 19464 or to The American Heart Association 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19103.
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Published in The Mercury on Jan. 2, 2014