Harry Evans Towson (1933-1994)

Harry "Dick" Evans Towson
arry Evans Towson, Chester High School, 1951
Harry Towson, Chester High School, 1951
Born(1933-06-06)June 6, 1933
Aberdeen Har, Maryland, United States
DiedMay 14, 1994(1994-05-14) (aged 60)
Resting placeLawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Alma materChester High School (1951)[1]
OccupationMaintenance Mechanic
EmployerScott Paper
Spouse(s)Wanda Ann Hayes (1933-2019) (married 1952-1994)
  • R. Towson
  • T. Towson
  • M. Towson
  • J. Towson
  • S. Towson
  • D. Towson
  • G. Towson
  • L. Towson
  • J. Towson

Harry Evans Towson (May 6, 1933 - May 14, 1994) was an avid bowler, painted, played baseball in his youth, and loved his wife and nine children. Living most of his life in Pennsylvania, he and his wife enjoyed traveling, visiting national parks and monuments, and taking cruses.

Life and Family

Harry was born in Aberdeen Har, Mayrland but by 1935 his family had moved to Chester Pennsylvania. By 1940 they had moved to Naaman Creek Rd in Bethel Township Pennsylvania where he lived with his mother Elsie, father Frank, brother Robert, grandfather Frank, and Frank's second wife Lilian and her daughter Iva [2].

After graduating from Chester High School in 1951,[1] Harry married Wanda on August 13, 1952. They lived at 530 East 11th Street in Chester Pennsylvania through 1956 and later moved to 12 Norman Street, in Aston, Pennsylvania, where they had 9 children. Ultimately they moved to 211 Penn Street in Ridley Park about 1962.

Harry worked and retired as a power house mechanic for Scott Paper.


Harry Evans Towson, CHS Annual, 1950[1]
Harry Evans Towson, CHS Annual, 1951[3]

Harry was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, but his love of baseball began in high school where he played for Chester High School in 1950[3] and 1951[1], when his photograph found it's way into the Delaware County Times.[4]

Specifically, the Delaware County Times recorded the 1951 season opening as a win for Chester where Harry scored 3 runs to assist in a 15-4 win over Media.[5]


Harry was an avid bowler, playing for the Ridley Bowl team in Ridley Park PA for a number of years. Harry and his team were regularly featured in the Delaware County daily times for their performance at the lanes.

Harry, Wanda, and team at a Ridley Bowl banquet


When Harry retired from Scott paper he took up learning to painting. The family has a collection of Harry's paintings across many walls.


Harry passed away at the age of 61 on May 14, 1994[6] at 10:05 P.M. at Presbyterian Medical Center. Cause of death was listed as hyperkalemia due to congestive Heart Failure due to cardiomyopathy. Harry was laid to rest at the Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood Pennsylvania[7].

Harry's obituary read "TOWSON HARRY E. on May 14, 1994, of Rildey Park husband of WANDA (nee Hayes); father of Richard, Michael, Daniel, John, Theresa, Joan, Susan, Geri and Lisa; son of Elsie; brother of Robert, Ronald and Janet; 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral Service 11 A.M. Wed at WHITE-LUTTRELL FUNERAL HOME, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park, Burial Lawn Croft Cem. Calling Hours 7 to 9 P.M. Tues. at the Funeral Home. Gifts to the Heart Fund, 408 E. 4th St., Bridgeport., Pa. 19405."[6]

Photos and Documents



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Annual. Chester High School. 1951. p. 61,112.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1940 United States Federal Census", United States Census, 1940; Bethel, Pennsylvania; page 6A,. Retrieved on 2020-08-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Annual. Chester High School. 1950. p. 111.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Chester High Ball Team Honored By Optimists". Delaware County Daily Times. Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 1951-05-17. p. 30. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "CHS Ball Team Defeats Media". Delaware County Daily Times. Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 1951-06-05. p. 30. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "TOWSON, HARRY - Obituary". Delaware County Daily Times. Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 1994-05-14. p. 21. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  7. "Find a Grave - Harry Towson". Retrieved 2020-10-14.