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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Robert James McDade Sr.
June 2, 1937 - February 22, 2021


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - Dementia Society of America - PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 - 800-336-3684 - Map

Robert “Bob” James McDade of North Cape May passed peacefully on February 22, 2021.

Bob was born on June 2, 1937 to Joseph and Rose (nee McGlade) McDade in the Southwest section of Philadelphia. He attended St. Barnabas grade school and West Catholic High School, where, during his Junior year, he decided to enter the novitiate for the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Upon graduating high school, Bob attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, as a Christian Brother, attaining an undergraduate degree in History and French in 1960.

It was during his time in “the Brothers” that Bob was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital for a sports injury and met a young nurse who later became his partner for the next 60 years, Dolores (nee Byrne).

After leaving the Order and marrying (August 25, 1962), Bob began his career as an educator, first at Bache Elementary School and then St. John Neumann High School, both in Philadelphia.

In 1967, after earning a Masters in Education from St. Joseph’s University, Bob moved his family to Wildwood. In 1968, the family moved to North Cape May and he took a job as a 6th Grade teacher at the Consolidated School in Lower Township. Bob stayed in that role for over a decade before he moved to become Principal of Crest Memorial Elementary School. Bob ultimately returned to the Lower Township School District as a Principal, spending his last professional years as the Principal of the Memorial School in the Villas.

He was an active community member, acting as: Exalted Ruler of the Philadelphia Elks (Lodge No. 2) in the 1960s and the North Wildwood Elks (Lodge No. 1896) in the 1970s; Pack Leader for local Cub Scouts; Coach for Lower Township Little League; and, active congregant (and Eucharistic Minister) at St. John of God (now St. John Neumann) Church in North Cape May. He loved all sports, with a special passion for boxing and college basketball. He was an avid gardener and writer, writing many short stories and poems which reflected on his life and family.

Bob is survived by his wife Dolores, his daughter Colleen (Michael) Citrino, his son Robert Jr. (Kathleen) and his loving grandchildren Ryan, Jason, Ian and Delia. Bob is also survived by his siblings Joseph, Kathleen and James and a multitude of nieces, nephews and loved in-laws. He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Thomas and John. Notably, Bob is also survived by the many students whose lives he was a part of and for whom he truly and deeply cared.

His quick wit, singing and infectious laugh will be sorely missed.

All services will be private. However, his funeral Mass on will be live-streamed on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at

Bob’s life can be honored by providing a donation in his name to: Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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