William F Hushion, MD of Wallingford, formerly of Springfield PA, died on February 4, 2020. He was born on November 18, 1930 in Philadelphia to Margaret Bryson and William C. Hushion. He grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and attended John Bartram High School, where he played on the basketball team and managed the football team.
After graduating, Bill joined the Air National Guard but was soon called to active duty. After serving four years in the Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to Philadelphia and applied to the University of Pennsylvania to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. He made Phi Beta Kappa in his second year and graduated with honors. He went on to Jefferson Medical School where he was elected President of his Senior class. He interned at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Yeadon and opened a private practice in Broomall PA in 1962. He took a part-time second job at Boeing-Vertol as a staff doctor and loved it, deciding to pursue Industrial Medicine. He began his job at Philadelphia Electric Company in 1970 as a staff doctor and in 1975 he was promoted to Medical Director. He became increasingly interested in addiction as a disease, and pioneered an employee assistance program, which would be one of the first of it’s kind in the country. He helped hundreds of employees with alcoholism and addiction with a tremendous success rate. Bill retired from PECO in 1991 but continued his work treating addiction and educating others. He was very proud of his work at the Drill Academy in Naples, FL where he mentored cadets.
Bill participated in many shows with the St. Francis Players in Springfield for over 30 years. He was a natural on stage and entertained family and friends with his singing until his last days. He was an active member of the American Legion post 93 and carried the American Flag in every parade. He also enjoyed his time serving on the Springfield School Board in the 1970’s.
Bill was a devout Catholic and served at St John Chrysostom Catholic Church in Wallingford as an Acolyte, a Eucharistic Minister, a Sexton, and an Usher. He also participated in the church choir, the faith sharing group and the bereavement group.
He was a big fan of Philadelphia sports teams and was quite competitive himself. He participated in the Senior Olympic Games into his 80s, earning more medals than he could count. He enjoyed traveling and especially spending time with family in Sea Isle City, NJ. He was proud of his Irish heritage and counted his blessings every day.
He is survived by his daughters, Christine Hushion (Danny) of Media and Janice Oakey (Rich) of West Chester, his Stepdaughter Alicia Engler Daugherty (James) of Oxford, five grandchildren; Andrew Scott, Jay Daugherty, Leah Daugherty, Grace Oakey and Sean William Oakey, two Step-grandchildren; Tyler Oakey and Stephen Oakey and a great-granddaughter; Una Lee-Oakey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Barbara, his son Jeffrey J Hushion , and his Stepson Raymond V Engler, Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Feb. 11th at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 Providence Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086 where friends may call 9-10:45 A.M. at the Church. A Visitation will also be held 6:30-8:00 P.M. Monday evening at the LOGAN FUNERAL HOME, 698 E. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341. Interment Calvary Cemetery.
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