James T. Danna

January 20, 1936 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 84)



James "Jim" T. Danna 84 years old, of Westbrook Park passed away peacefully on September 26, 2020.

Jim was a lifelong employee at DPSC and spent 25 years in the Army, National Guard and Army Reserves.  Whatever you needed Jim could get it for you.  In his spare time, he spent many years working at a variety of deli’s and restaurants (Trio Cold Cuts, Burrell’s Market/Westbrook Market, Lamplighter Tavern, Drexel House Deli and JD McGillicudy’s) making his famous hoagies; he loved to cook. Jim was known as an extremely “sharp” dresser and loved to sport a fresh pair of Cole Haan loafers.

He was a very good dancer, he loved jazz and blues music and he loved the Mummers.  But most of all he will be remembered as an avid Notre Dame Football Fan (traveling with his crew Jim Kane, Tim Kirby, Charles Pitale (Swami) and many others guest drivers.  No matter where he went, he made a new friend or friends, there wasn’t anyone he didn’t know.  He had the gift of gab and just loved to tell stories. 

He loved going to the shore and spending time with his family.  Most importantly he loved spending time with his Grandchildren teaching them many languages and words of his own unique creation.    

Jim was the son of the late Gerard and Margaret Danna born in South Philadelphia, PA.  He graduated from Southeast Catholic High School Class of 1954.   He spent his high school years as the ball boy for the University of Pennsylvania Baseball Team. 

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Joan P. Danna; Loving Father to James (Kristin) J. Danna; Cherished Grandfather to Quinn and Grace Danna.  He is predeceased by his sister Celeste Adams, his nephew John Adams and his brother-in-law’s John Adams and Bernard "Jerry" (Diane) Quinn who passed on before him. He is also survived by his sister-in-law’s, Carol (Michael) Matt, Peggy (Jim) Wright and his brothers-in-laws, Jack (Binny) Quinn and Kevin (Judi) Quinn and many nephews, nieces, cousins and more.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing, Saturday, October 10, 2020 9:30am Holy Cross Church, 651 E. Springfield, Rd. Springfield, PA, 19064 and to his Funeral Mass 11am in the Church. Int. Private. Donations can be made to the Philadelphia Mummer String Band Association, PO Box 54507 Phila., PA 19148.

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October 10, 2020

9:30 AM
Holy Cross Church
651 E. Springfield RD.
Springfield, PA 19064

Funeral Mass
October 10, 2020

11:00 AM
O'Leary Funeral Home Ltd
640 E. Springfield Rd.
Springfield, PA 19064


Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association
PO Box 54507, Philadelphia PA 19148

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