Alfred L. Szewczak passed away peacefully on April 5, 2022 at the age of 89. He is the beloved husband of the late Marie (nee Mullen). Devoted father to Stephen, Marianne Spross (late Joe), Christopher (Claire), and the late Alfred (late AnneMarie) and Gerard. Loving Pop of Christina Johnston (Thomas), Denise Sparks (Edward), Jennifer, Gerry, Lauren, Nicholas Spross (Amanda), Brandon Spross (Dana), Matthew, and Jeffrey. Great Pop of Billy, Kelsey, Kylie, Evan, Ally, Nicholas, Brynn, Liam, Amelia, Ella Grace, Cole, Shea and great great pop of Braedyn and Jameson. Dear brother of Irene McCourt, Bernice Mehaffey, Ronald, and the late Edward, Dorothy Cameron, Chester, and Joseph. Sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Alfred was born to the late Joseph and Sophie (nee Zdzieblowska). He was raised in Fishtown and remained there throughout his life, in the very same house that he was born in. He attended St. Laurentius grade school and North Catholic High School, from which he graduated class of 1950. After high school, Alfred proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He later worked as a Philadelphia Firefighter until his retirement and was a proud member of Local 22 Firefighters’ Union.
Alfred was a devoted and active parishioner of Holy Name of Jesus parish. He selflessly gave his time to meet any needs of the church and its members. He served as the sexton, a Eucharistic minister and sang with the guitar group. He was also a Boy Scout Leader for the church chapter of Boy Scouts.
In his free time, Alfred enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping at Hidden Acres Campground. More than anything, Alfred loved his family and time spent with them. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. His family takes comfort that he will be reunited in heaven with his loved ones, especially his beloved Marie and his sons.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing and funeral Monday April 11, 2022 from 9:30-10:45am in the McElvarr Funeral Home 1415-17 East Susquehanna Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown). Funeral Mass 11:15am in Holy Name of Jesus Church 701 East Gaul Street (at Berks) Philadelphia, PA 19125. Interment with Military Honors 1:30pm in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions to Holy Name of Jesus Church.
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