Alfred Thomas Powell of the Unionville area

Alfred Thomas Powell, 78, of the Unionville area, died Thursday, Nov. 5, at his residence surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was the loving and devoted husband of 53 years to Christina Filomena (Fazio) Powell. Born on May 4, 1942, in West Chester, he was the son of the late Alfred Hunter Powell and Dorothy (Hironimus-Powell) Bolin.

Alfred Thomas Powell

Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are his three daughters, Tina Carroll and husband Harry Luff of Downingtown, Stephanie Swarbrick and husband Paul of Downingtown, and Julia Powell and husband Patrick Doody of Garnet Valley; and grandchildren, Larry Carroll, Mena Carroll, Colin Swarbrick, Sydney Swarbrick, Ellie Doody, and Nate Doody.

In his youth, Tom was an avid athlete and one of his proudest accomplishments was playing in the 1953 Williamsport Little League World Series. His athletic excellence continued at Unionville High School where he was a multi-sport athlete before graduating in the class of 1960. He continued his education at Goldey-Beacom College before serving his country in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Kennett Square where he worked in the mushroom industry until his retirement.

In 1967 Tom met and married the love of his life Christina and they settled in the Unionville area. While raising their three daughters he shared his love of sports by coaching them in URA basketball and umpiring their URA softball games. This love was even more apparent when attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. In addition to sports, Tom had many hobbies that included collecting baseball cards, cooking, playing cards, golfing, darts, dancing, hunting, and photography.

In his happiest moments, he could be found spending summers in Rehoboth Beach with the family, traveling the United States and the Caribbean with Christina, going to the movies, volunteering at Jennersville Hospital, and any form of observing nature. Most of all, he will be remembered for his infectious laugh, amazing sense of humor, and being the most kind and gentleman to everyone he met.

Friends will be received on Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. Malachi Roman Catholic Church, 76 St. Malachi Road, Cochranville, PA 19330 where guests will be received at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Willow Tree Hospice of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania or Helen Graham Cancer Center of Newark. His interment will be private. Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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