Obituary: Joel J. Whitcomb, 82, of New Hope

obits 2Joel J. Whitcomb, 82, of New Hope, passed away on Thursday, March 6 at his home.

Born in Philadelphia, Whitcomb lived in Ambler before moving to New Hope 16 years ago. A certified public accountant, he retired in 1996 as vice president of finance from the Moore Push-Pin Company in Glenside. Whitcomb was a graduate of Drexel University, and had served with the Army in Korea. He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Maple Glen, and a member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Shriners International of Plymouth Meeting and the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, Solomon’s Lodge 0003 of Philadelphia.

He enjoyed travel and classical music and regularly attended the Philadelphia Opera and the Riverside Symphonia. He loved cars and had particular nostalgia for his old Porsches. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Whitcomb was the husband of the late Carol Feery Whitcomb; the son of the late Clarence A. and Jean McClellen Whitcomb; and the brother of the late Jared Whitcomb. He is survived by his wife, Louise Dougherty-Whitcomb; his son, Robert S. Whitcomb of Bridgeport, his son, James S. Whitcomb and his partner, Siobhan McLaughlin of Springfield, MA; his grandchildren, Fionnuala Darby Hudgens and her husband David of Uncasville, CT.; and Sally Tyson of Longmeadow, MA.; his great-grandchildren, Olivia Hudgens, Oonagh Hudgens and Luke Tyson; his stepchildren, Larry J. Dougherty and his wife Taylor Ward and their children, Stella and Lucy of Tampa, FL.; Mary V. Dougherty of Boston and Frances L. Dougherty of Mexico City; and his sister, Sarah Johnson.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 919 Tennis Ave., Maple Glen. Interment will follow at Doylestown Cemetery.

Calling hours at the church on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the start of services.

Donations may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Box 3069, Maple Glen, PA 19002.

Arrangements by the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York St., Lambertville.

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