Obituary of Frederick J. Von Hacht
Frederick Joseph Von Hacht
August 10, 1926 – January 10, 2018
Frederick, Freddie, Fritz, Fred, “Reds”, Derf, Dad, Poppy, Uncle, Friend…
Our dad had many names and he fondly answered to all of them. He was born on Marvine Street in North Philadelphia on August 10, 1926 and resided in the Philadelphia area his entire life. He was the youngest of three children, the only son. He had two sisters, Catherine (Kitty) and Margaret (Margie) and a very large family from Jim Thorpe, PA.
He was a strong character, one who Lived His Faith in every regard. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” A 1940 graduate of St. Helena Elementary School in Olney (Philadelphia, PA) followed by a 1944 graduation from North Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA, he had a deep moral compass and sense of purpose for the greater good. Go Falcons!
Throughout high school, he played shortstop on all-star baseball teams and played with some great guys, including Richie Ashburn and Tommy Lasorda. At age 16, he was signed by the Cubs, being traded to the Phillies after WWII. He played on the farm teams and enjoyed the experience but once he met our mom, he took a different direction. He served in the Navy during WWII, first as a radio operator, then as a medic. However, most of his “active” service involved his shortstopping on the Navy Teams. Throughout his life, sports were his go-to entertainment, and baseball was his particular favorite. In his later years, he attended countless games and contests whenever and wherever his grandchildren were playing.
By trade, he was a Civil Engineer and worked as a surveyor and construction manager for Franklin & Lindsay in Philadelphia, PA where he “laid out” the roads, bridges and developments for the expansion of Levittown and the Great North East section of Philadelphia. Later, he and F & L began the redevelopment of Olde City and he supervised parts of the construction for the Society Hill Towers and surrounding area. His last position was as the Borough Engineer for Norristown, PA where he was responsible for the sewer, water, roads and the Elmwood Park Zoo.
Dad was a loving guy, always making room in his home and his heart for family, extended family, friends and those in need. Our dinner table was a lively affair and one that promoted good conversation and positive responses, whether he agreed with them or not. He encouraged us to be the best we could, be principled, not stubborn and believe that “things will always work out.”
By their example, he and our mom showed us how to live each day. They also taught us that at the end of the day, to have no regrets and be able to say “I Love You” and “Thank You” endlessly. Their legacy to their children, grandchildren and great-grands will be lasting in those regards.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Monday, January 15 at Epiphany Of Our Lord Church, 3050 Walton Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA. with Father James Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham. Calling hours will be Monday, January 15 from 10-10:45am at Epiphany Of Our Lord Church. Memorial donations may be made to Saint Helena Church-6161 N. 5th St.Phila.Pa.19120. .