Philip G. Ardire dies, one of first recipients of Bishop’s Medal

Philip G. Ardire, 89, of Voorhees, one of the first recipients of the Bishop’s Medal for the Diocese of Camden, died Oct. 7.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Ardire was owner/manager of Phil’s Texaco in Bellmawr. He was an Honorary Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6173, and Fourth Degree member of Bishop Eustace Council. Mr. Ardire was also past president of St. Stephen’s Men’s Club, and chairman of the Bishop’s Anniversary Hour (20 years).

He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Alma (nee Dickinson); devoted father of Linda and her husband Jim Beach, Philip D. and his wife Donna, and David and his wife Carmela; loving grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 10; dear brother of Grace Nardi, Mary and her husband Ted Mirenda, Fanny DiBenedetto, and the late Biaggio Ardire.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated last Tuesday at the Church of St. Mary, Cherry Hill. Entombment followed at Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 or to St. Mary’s Church, 2001 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

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