Title: Police officer
Birthdate: October 6, 1882
Death Date: January 25, 1949
Plot Location: Section 141, Lot 79; GPS: 39.93416* N, 075.24069* W

Screenshot (387) Stinger

The Stinger family’s roots in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia go back to 1770, and originated in Germany. The tree that sprung from those roots grew a lot of branches; Norman was the fifth of 11 children and his marriage produced eight offspring.

It wasn’t long after he married Jennie Murphy in 1907 that he began his life’s work as a patrolman for Philly’s finest. He might have been influenced by his brother George, who was on the force at the time, and rose to become a captain before leaving to become a car salesman.

Norman lasted much longer, serving 41 years, until one day he was struck by a vehicle as he got out of his patrol car. He and a partner were responding to a burglar alarm at a business on Ridge Avenue in Spring Garden. He died 11 days later.

The memorial plaque below was dedicated some 60 years later by the Fraternal Order of Police. It was installed on the sidewalk in front of the Laborers District Council Pension Fund office at 1361 Ridge Ave. Coincidentally, that’s just a block north of where the accident occurred. Norman would be pleased to know that one of his grandsons, Jackie McCullough, paid a special tribute to him by wearing his badge number, 3764, when he served in the police department.

Jennie had passed away in 1940, and Norman joined her in Section 141, Lot 79. His parents and several siblings are buried in Lot 69, and several other relatives are in other sections.

Japanese maple tree in front of a monument at Mount Moriah Cemetery

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