Michael J. Cabry Jr., 74, of Boothwyn, president of Brandywine Financial Planners, died Sunday, May 30, of heart failure at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.

Mr. Cabry graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now SS. Neumann Goretti High School. He was a chemical assistant at the DuPont Co. before cofounding Brandywine Financial in 1965. He continued to operate the Concordville firm with two partners: son Michael III and Leonard Scinto.

In 1963, Mr. Cabry was appointed justice of the peace for Norwood by Gov. William Scranton. At 28, he was the youngest justice in the state, his son said. He was elected the next year and served until 1970, when a system of magisterial district justices was instituted. His son is a district justice in Honey Brook.

A boating enthusiast, Mr. Cabry was a former commodore of the Bush River Yacht Club in Abingdon, Md.

While his five children were growing up, he was president of the PTA for Concord Elementary School. He was a past president of the Norwood Fire Company and served on its ambulance crew.

He was a veteran of the Pennsylvania National Guard and a past treasurer of the American Legion Post in Marcus Hook. He was a 58-year member of the Men of Malvern, spending annual spiritual weekends at the Malvern Retreat House and urging friends to accompany him.

Mr. Cabry was captain of Karen's Celtic Clan, organizing relatives and friends who participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Delaware County. A daughter, Karen, died of the disease in 2001, and he was a cancer survivor.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and monthly "cousin lunches."

Mr. Cabry's wife of 46 years, Lynne Ward Cabry, died in 2002. In addition to his son Michael, he is survived by another son, Patrick; daughters Joyce MacIntosh and Rita Friday; a brother; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the Cavanagh Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, and after 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 430 Valleybrook Rd., Chester Heights, where a Funeral Mass will be said at noon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Contact staff writer Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.