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Mayor Joseph L. Eyre
Republican" Joe Eyre Dies 15 69
(A biographical sketch, Delaware County Daily Times, Wednesday, December 29, 1976)
Contributed by Pete Mooney, email@example.com
Eyre became known as "Mr.
Republican" for the walloping GOP majorities he produced through the years while
serving as mayor of Chester, city Republican chairman, Delaware County Recorder of Deeds,
and four terms as Representative in the county's 7th Congressional District. He wielded
considerable power on the Republican Board of Supervisors, better known as the War Board,
until it was succeeded in early 1975 by the county Council of Republican District
Representatives (CRDR). Despite the demise of the War Board, Eyre was unanimously
elected by men and women of the 159th state legislative district to be their CRDR
Eyre's reputation was that of a master
politician- one of a doer and worker who "made things happen". His reputation
was enhanced by a two-fisted, cocksure attitude in taking on all comers.
It was during the general election of 1974
that WCAU-TV aired a variety of allegations charging voting and patronage abuses by the
city GOP machine that prompted this response from Eyre; "The whole program was
contrived to be anti-Republican. They presented all the old accusations, allegations and
inuendoes without a figment of evidence to support their claims."
But the accusations, allegations and
inuendoes eventially took their toll and prompted the party reorganization in the spring
of 1975, resulting in the breakup of the War Board. Eyre made no secret of his resentment
over the "modern politics' of the new CRDR and even advised fellow
Chester Republicans not to read the tabloid newspaper distributed by the county GOP
OF DEVELOPMENTS during that time, Eyre said:
"The way these new people are running
the Republican Party in this county- it's going to be disastrous. In the old days, you
didn't get a job if you weren't a registered Republican. That's basic politics, plain and
simple. I think the party is in serious trouble. We're OK here in Chester,but the rest of
the county, they got their problems."
" He'll be greatly missed as a
politician in the City of Chester." said Judge Louis A. Bloom.
Judge Bloom was city solicitor when Eyre was
mayor. Their friendship was of 35 years standing. "He had a good heart and was always
willing to help people and offer assistance in the less fortunate. He and his wife were
exceptionally devoted to families in the immediate area, said Bloom.
" He was one of the old Irish type
politicians. He worked hard to get people jobs in industry,"
"He was an old and dear friend,
one of the Republican Party's greatest people," said Harry McNichol, former War Board
chairman. " He was a fine individual and that's more important than being a good
" He was like a father to
me," said Kathleen Macuk, who served as his secretary for 34 years. A secretary
at the Republican Party Executive Headquarters in Media, Mrs. Macuk described
' His main objective in being a politician
was taking care of people, especially the little man.
Mayor John Nacrelli referred to Eyre as a
"good friend" and said ' the city has lost a good
Eyre was born in Chester and was a direct
descendant of John Larkin, first mayor and chief magistrate of Chester. He attended
Chester schools. He was employed at Sun Company(Sun Oil
Funeral arrangements are being made by the
John E. Carr Funeral Home, 21 Street and Providence Avenue, Chester.
Surviving are his wife, the former Laura B.
McIntyre, a daughter Jane Eyre Cardwell, of Media,
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