> H. C. Deakyne
Old Chester, PA:
H. C. Deakyne
Paper dated 1/8/1947
H. C. DEAKYNE, CIVIC LEADER, DIES SUDDENLY
CANDY MANUFACTURER WAS CANDIDATE FOR CHESTER MAYOR IN '35
H. C. Deakyne, widely-known Chester candy manufacturer and civic leader, died suddenly of
a heart attack at his home, 137 West Mowry street, at 4 p.m., Tuesday. (1/7/1947)He was
Mr. Deakyne was to have been installed as vice president of the Chester Kiwanis Club at
the annual installation meeting tonight.
According to his family, Mr Deakyne, who was proprietor of Deakyne Brothers Wholesale Confectioners, Third
and Parker streets, had come home about noon suffering with a sharp hear pain. He suffered
a second attack at 4 p.m. and died.
Friends and co-workers were stunned this morning by the sudden death of this man who was
called by many the most honest business man they had known. He had gathered his host of
friends through his participation in civic, fraternal and social groups of the county.
Mr. Deakyne was born in Chester, the son of the late David W. and Hannah Booth Deakyne.
The family home then was on Parker street above Third. He had lived in his present home
for 21 years.
He was graduated from Chester High School in the
class of 1915 and attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Immediately following that he entered business with his father.
On Assistance Board
Mr. Deakyne in December was appointed a member of the Public Assistance Board by Governor
Edward Martin. He was to succeed Miss Theresa A. Kelly, whose second term expired Jan. 1.
His name was placed in nomination before the State Senate on Tuesday. He also was
president of the Delaware County Salesmanagers Association and supervised the courtesy
campaign run by the Chester stores last year.
He was vice-president of the Delaware county Building and Loan Association. A Mason, he
was treasurer of the Chester Lodge. He also was a member of Chester Commandery and the
Mr. Deakyne served in the Navy during World War I and was a member of Sgt. Stevenson Post 190, American Legion. He also
belonged to the Eagles and Elks, was a Boy Scout committeeman and a member of Springhaven Country Club.
Ran for Mayor
The candy manufacturer took an active part in local politics and was Democratic Candidate
for Mayor in 1935. In that year, Deakyne also was active in the state senatorial election.
C. Fenno Hoffman, of Wayne, had won the 1935 Democratic nomination for state senator when
State Senator John J. Mc Clure defeated Weldon B. Heyburn in the Republican primary.
Hoffman withdrew and Heyburn was named coalition and defeated McClure at the general
election. Deakyne, then Chester Democratic leader, was said to be responsible for naming
Heyburn on the Democratic ticket and let the fight for Heyburn.
This morning Mr. Deakyne's business associates, greatly shocked by his sudden passing,
recalled that yesterday morning he had arrived at work in his usual fine spirits. They
felt that it was his generosity in doing things for others that had overtaxed his
Active in Kiwanis
A friendly person, Mr. Deakyne was very punctual in arriving at work every day and rarely
was away from his business. Wednesday afternoons he did take time out to attend Kiwanis
meetings and during good weather would take an occasional afternoon off for golf. However,
he devoted the major portion of his time and energies to his business and civic
activities. He also was active in associations connected with his business as the
confectionery Manufacturers Association.
One of his chief interests was his home, and he had been making preparations for building
another home on Providence Road (currently the sight of Strathaven High School), where he
had bought some land.
In the summer, Mr. Deakyne spent much time working in his garden, which was very
successful. He chiefly raised vegetables, although he had some flowers. Very fond of
nature, he loved to drive through the countryside.
Business associates recalled how obliging he was with the use of his automobile. When
co-workers or members of their families needed transportation, both he and his automobile
were available for their use.
He never shirked a duty, was the way they put it, and he never held back when something
was for the good of someone else.
Twelve persons usually are employed by his firm which engaged in wholesale manufacturing
and jobbing. Greatly loved and esteemed by these workers, Mr. Deakyne will be remembered
by them for his good advice. Always interested in their welfare, he joined with them in
all occasions. Whether it was a wedding or a funeral, they counted on the boss to be
Deakyne Brothers was probably most famous for its Deakyne Easter egg, which was first bade
by Mr. Deakyne's father when the business started in 1884. The eggs had not been made for
five years due to the scarcity of materials for making a good product. Mr. Deakyne always
told his customers that he would not deal in the black market and would not make a
His father's motto had been, "Don't make to sell anything you wouldn't give your own
children to eat," and Mr. Deakyne followed it closely. He had inherited both his
father's formulas and his good nature.
The firm's slogan on its trucks is "A good house to deal with".
Mr. Deakyne is survived by his widow, the former Ethel Clare; two children, Clare, a
homemaking teacher at Chester High, and David, a junior
at Chester High; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Colbert and Mrs. Bertha Morris, both of Drexel
Rev. Peter VanderHiel, rector of St. Paul's, will conduct the
funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ray F. Imschweiler Funeral Parlors, 1600 Edgmont
Avenue. Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9. Masonic services will be conducted
at Chester Rural Cemetery.
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