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An Eye Towards What Was
Right, Fair and Just ...
WHEREAS, John N. Del Collo, Esquire, long time
member of the Delaware County Bar Association,
passed away on April 16, 2016 at the young
age of 67.
WHEREAS, it is the tradition of the Delaware
County Bar Association to convene a meeting to
memorialize the life and recognize the passing of
our brother of the Bar, we meet today to honor
John and his life among us as a fellow member of
our Bar Association.

Pictured (L to R): John N. Del Collo, Esquire, 2015 Pro
Bono Award Recipient; Elizabeth Wood Fritsch, Executive
Director, LASP; David Trevaskis, PBA Pro Bono Coordinator.
At the time of his death, John and his wife, Michele, lived in
Thornbury, Delaware County with their daughter Kerri, and son
Brian.
John, born November 16, 1948, was the son of the late John
G. Del Collo and Antoinette Del Collo (née Guiffre). John was a
lifelong resident of Delaware County and loved everything about
being a part of the community. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's
University, class of 1970. Upon his graduation from Hawk Hill,
John served in the US Army Reserves for 3 years. Upon his
completion of service from the US Army Reserves, John received

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his Juris Doctorate from Delaware Law School and was a member
of its first graduating class in 1975.
Growing up, John was a sports fanatic. He loved playing all
sports as well as watching all sports and attending games on a
regular basis. John was an avid runner himself, running in high
school and receiving a scholarship to run cross country and track
at St. Joseph's University. John coached several sports over the
years including track, football and baseball. In the 1970s and 80s,
John was the coach at Cardinal O'Hara for the cross country team
where he led the women's cross country team to the championship
on several occasions. John never gave up running himself and ran
almost every day of the week. On the day he passed, he had done
several miles in the morning even though he had his knee drained
several days before.
Although running was a passion of John's, perhaps his biggest
passion, other than his wife and his children, was his love for
football and his Philadelphia Eagles. John was a season ticket
holder for the Philadelphia Eagles for 62 years. He initially started
going to the Eagles' games with his father when he was a boy and
he kept the tradition, going to every home game with his wife or
children. Through the good years and the bad, you could always
find John at his seat with a hoagie and a Delaware County Times
waiting for the game to start and telling everyone around him
the statistics for the Eagles as well as the opposing team. John
was known to travel with the team and would generally make
an excursion to at least one away game with a bunch of rowdy
Eagles' fans led by his cousin, Nicky. John loved his Italian
food and never shied away from a good tailgate at the Eagles'
games. John's love for football was not simply watching football
on Sundays. John was a football official at the high school and
collegiate levels, for over 23 years. John worked his way up from
the local CYO level refereeing games up through the collegiate
level and only gave up officiating when it started to interfere with
spending time with his children and attending their games on the
weekend.
John attended law school with some of our fellow members
of the Bar, including Judge Barry Dozor. Judge Dozor recalled
fondly his time with John, both in law school, as well as when
they practiced together in Collingdale. John was gentle, courteous,
professional, honest and dedicated to serving his clients. He was
genteel, always of good temper and humor, courteous to all,
dedicated to his clients' issues and loyal to friends.


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