Services have been set for Harry G. Ochs Jr., 80, a butcher at the Reading Terminal Market for more than 60 years and the former head of the Market's Merchants Association.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.
There will be a reception to honor Mr. Ochs at 1 p.m. Monday in the Center Court at the Reading Terminal Market.
Mr. Ochs died of cancer Sunday at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. He had lived in Deptford, N.J. for the last ten years and previously lived in Upper Darby. While his four children were growing up, Mr. Ochs and his family lived in Kennett Square, where he grew mushrooms and tomatoes he brought in to the market for his customers, a daughter, Joyce Crowley said. Three of his children, and in recent years, his grandchildren, helped out at Och's butcher stand at the Reading Terminal. "I'm the only one who didn't," said Crowley, who said she visited the market just to pick up meat orders.
Mr. Ochs, who was born Harry G. Finocchio, apprenticed with the first Harry Ochs, a German Butcher in the Market, and later took over the stand and adopted his name. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School. During the Korean War, he interrupted his career at the market to serve in the Army in the United States.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Ochs is survived by a son, Nicholas Ochs; a daughter Jeannette Davidson; a sister, Sidney Melchiorre; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his longtime companion, Noelle Scheller; and his former wife, Jeanne Kirkman.
A son Harry G. Ochs 3d died in 2004; a grandson Michael Lafferty died in 1997; and a grandson Timothy Finocchio died in 2001.