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Joseph Duckworth

Joseph "Joe" Duckworth

Sunday, November 14th, 1948 - Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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Obituary

W. JOSEPH “JOE” DUCKWORTH

70, On Thursday, April 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born in Philadelphia to Joseph C. and Wanda (Roskowski) Duckworth. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 37 years, Loretta C. Duckworth (Ciocco), and his sister Susan Marlotte. Survived by his children Sheara Ginsberg Graber (Erik), Jason Duckworth (Angela), David Ginsberg (Nicole), and Christopher Duckworth (Jessicah). Adoring grandfather to Ethan Graber, Amanda Duckworth, Lucy Duckworth, Talitha Duckworth, Alex Graber, Cana Duckworth, Julia Ginsberg, Samuel Ginsberg, Seth Graber, and Naaman Duckworth. Also survived by dear brother Kenneth Duckworth (Kelly), cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe loved to bring people together. Joe with his wife Loretta regularly hosted grand gatherings of family and friends, travelled the world with children and grandchildren, and savored Phillies baseball, Michigan football, and countless Bob Dylan concerts with brother Ken and many close friends.

Joe was a nationally renowned community developer, honored as National Builder of the Year in 1992 while CEO of REALEN Homes and portrayed in Witold Rybczynski’s 2008 book Last Harvest. As chair of the Chester County Planning Commission, Joe advanced the idea that concentrating growth in the most appropriate locations was the best strategy for preserving open space and quality of life. Joe co-founded Arcadia Land Company, an award-winning developer of walkable communities, and served on the board of conservancy Natural Lands. Joe was also passionate about the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution and served for twenty years on the board of the National Constitution Center. Joe earned a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The family offers their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Kindred South Philadelphia Hospital, as well as Joe’s personal care assistant, Winnie Ottey-Rowe.

In Joe’s honor, a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5pm at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the National Constitution Center.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    National Constitution Center
    Address
    525 Arch Street
    PHILADELPHIA, PA
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  • Interment

    Location
    Private
    Address
    1327 South Broad Street
    PHILADELPHIA, PA
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David Thornburgh

Posted at 04:25pm
I hadn't seen Joe in a few years but worked with him on Smart Growth initiatives 15 or so years ago. I always admired and respected his judgement, initiative, and creativity. I'm very sorry to hear of his death.
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Adele Willenbecher

Posted at 12:06pm
Many fond memories of Joe D announcing football games in high school, at Grandma Duckworth's in Wildwood Crest... I was close friends with Sue but we often used Joe and Loretta's house as a central meeting place when she visited PA. Joe and Loretta will both be sorely missed.
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Posted at 08:31am
With deepest sympathy,
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Posted at 11:01am
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our warmest condolences, your friends from Wilkie Lexus
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George Gottuso

Posted at 12:52pm
Very sorry for the Family's loss. I worked with Joe for a few years and found him to be a compassionate, passionate, humorous man. His lifer will be long remembered.
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