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Reynold A. Cortigine
(August 21, 1917 - May 3, 2013)

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Reynold A. Cortigine

U.S. Veteran

REYNOLD A. CORTIGINE Reynold A. Cortigine died on May 3, 2013. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 21, 1917 the youngest son of Luigi Cortigiano and his wife Emma. A first generation Italian-American he graduated from South Philadelphia High School and his hopes for a college degree were curtailed by the financial effects of the great depression. He had 3 siblings, Anthony, Ralph and a sister Rose DeMarco. He worked in sales for the candy manufacturer of the Baby Ruth bar. On December 8, 1940 he married Lena Brandolini and they resided in Philadelphia. The following December was Pearl Harbor and all able men entered the military. Dad served in the US Army (Air Force Division). He received his Honorable Discharge in April 1946. Employment was difficult to find for a young family man and he applied to the Philadelphia Police Department. He served over 20 years and achieved the gold badge of Lieutenant of Detectives. This skill always made it very difficult for his three children to ever get away with anything that other kids did as teenagers. He instantly knew so we surrendered quickly to make it as painless as possible. After dad left the Police Department he had another twenty year career as AVP of Security for First Pennsylvania Bank retiring in 1986. He and Lena were very fortunate to enjoy 27 years of the cold months at their home on the lake in Vero Beach, Florida. When the local residents wondered why there are no more crabs in the Indian River the reason was the old guy with plaid fishing pants that had a porta-potty mounted on the back of his pontoon boat. Dad loved being near the water whether it was south Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia or Florida. If he saw a dock or a pier he would stop to throw in a line or find a fish store for crab bait. He often found himself on a private dock but always managed to charm the owner into letting him just try it for a bit. That bit usually turned into a regular spot if was able to produce fish and crabs. He was a wonderful husband and father. He was an avid baseball fan and spent many years coaching youths in the Police Athletic League. He and Lena celebrated their 72 wedding anniversary in December 2012. Dad and Mom had several lovely homes during this period including the Somerton area of northeast Philadelphia, Edmonds Ave in Drexel Hill, Beaver Run Road in Downingtown, Walnut Meadows in Harleysville and residing with his son and wife in Kennett Square, PA. Reynold A. Cortigine is survived by his wife Lena (Brandolini) Cortigine; his 3 children, Roselee Nichols, Reynold L. (Marie)Cortigine and Michael A.(Shannon) Cortigine. There are 5 grandchildren, Geoffrey R. Nichols, Alison H. Nichols, Jessica M. Kateusz, Reynold D. Cortigine and Lauren A. Cortigine. There are 6 great grandchildren, Jimmy D’Orazio, IV, Marie D. Kateusz, Daniella R. Kateusz, Natalya L. Cortigine, Mia A. D’Orazio and Emma L. Kateusz plus more on the way. He will be remembered with a life celebration at St. Patrick Church in Malvern, PA on Saturday, May 11, 2013 with a viewing from 10-11AM and Mass at 11AM. Arrangements are being handled by the Mauger-Givnish Funeral Home, Malvern, PA , In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Reynold’s honor to the Make a Wish Foundation or Special Olympics Foundation.


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