John P. Tinneny, Officer In City’s
John P. Tinneny, a former mounted police officer and
civic activist died yesterday at Jeanes Hospital in Fox
Chase after a lengthy illness. He was 71.
Mr. Tinneny, who lived in the city’s Shawmont section,
had earned a reputation as the “guardian angel” of the
Schuykill. For the last 30 years he had advocated the
river’s cleanup. He lobbied planning commissions,
politicians, environmental groups and anyone else who
would listen, pushing for a more beautiful waterway and
more city-sponsored recreation programs along the
river’s banks and connecting canals.
His son Terrence, said Mr. Tinneny often could be found
rowing on the river, hiking on the trails or scooping up
trash along the banks.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Diamond Tinneny; five
sons, Richard, Terrence, Paul, Kevin and Gary; two
daughters, Michele Johnston and Donna Marie Persico; 20
grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas and Donald and three
sisters, Mary Haughey, Claire Kelly and Gertrude
viewing will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Koller
Funeral Home, Roxborough. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Immaculate
Heart of Mary Church, Andorra. Burial is at Westminister
Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.
Published Sunday, Feb. 28, 1988 - The Philadelphia
John was the son of
and Gertrude Spence Tinneny of
Philadelphia and the grandson of
“Yankee Pat” Tinneny of Goladuff,
Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland,;
Greenock, Scotland and Philadelphia and his wife