Amos Mack Sr., 102, ex-foundry worker in Philly

November 21, 2017 GMT

Amos Mack Sr., a former hammersmith for Philadelphia Bronze and Brass, died on Nov. 16, 2017. He was 102.

Born on June 6, 1915, in St. George, S.C., he was the eldest child of the late Josephine Breaker and Jim Mack. Much of his early life was spent working various jobs on the farm in South Carolina with his uncle and grandfather.

He accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church in St. George. He sang with the Quartet of Gentlemen who traveled from church to church every Sunday.

The next phase of his life was spent working as a civil servant in Charleston, S.C., during World War II. In Charleston, he worked in a foundry that molded steel used in the war effort and to rebuild the Cooper River Bridge.

Seeking opportunity, he left South Carolina and moved to Philadelphia in 1946. After arriving in Philadelphia, he worked for a time at Gulf Oil where he was a foreman and then began a long career with Philadelphia Bronze and Brass (Ampco Metal) as a hammersmith.

Mack took great pride in the quality of his work and he quickly became the go-to person, mentoring and training many of his fellow workers. He had a reputation for being trustworthy and the best at whatever he did.

Even though he was South Carolina born and bred, Philadelphia would become a special place to him and the place where he would now put down roots. It was in Philly that he met and married UZ Mattie Mack, whom he affectionately called “C.” Three children were born to their union.

In 1963, the Mack family moved into the Cobbs Creek area of West Philadelphia and their Samson Street home became a destination for good food, laughter and love.

“Pop Mack,” as he was affectionately known, would dress in his all white uniform to begin the preparations for his famous barbecue ribs every holiday. The holidays were always a celebration at the Mack home. With his wife’s famous potato salad combined with his ribs, chicken and homemade burgers, it was always a feast for friends and family alike.

In 1963, the Mack family became members of the Metropolitan Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. M. L. Gayton. Mack was appointed to the trustee board where he served for more than 40 years. He was bestowed the title of trustee emeritus because of his love for God and his church.

“Pop was a man who had so much knowledge about so many things,“ his family said in a tribute. “He was a self-taught plumber and auto mechanic and there wasn’t anything he could not fix.“

“Pop had an infectious personality and those who knew him truly loved him. He experienced so much in his 102 years of life and we all became the beneficiaries of his wisdom and knowledge through his stories and life lessons,“ it said.

After the death of his wife, Mack moved to Florida to enjoy life with his daughter, Michelle Green, and his son-in-law, John. He also spent time in Charlotte, N.C., with his daughter, Clorise Wynn. He made many new friends in both states, enjoying traveling and friendships that he developed. He always spoke of returning to Philadelphia and now he has for his final resting place.

He was preceded in death by: his daughter, Marylon; son, Amos Jr.; and granddaughter, Daijha.

In addition to his daughters and son-in-law, he is survived by: his daughter in-laws, Robin Mack and Gloria Price; goddaughter, Bishop Stephanie B. Green; grandchildren, William Caddell (Jennifer), Jelani Mack, Nicole Jenkins (Antwan), Melanie Scott (Ashley), Joi Hargust, Tonya Fuller (Dana), Patricia Wynn-Mason, Teisha Wynn Coley (Thomas), Keith Wynn (Donna), Andrea Adams (Victor) and Stephanie Nicholson (Kevin); great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Sydney, Morgan, Lelani, Aaron, Amaya, Ava, Alaina, Darius, Denum, Jahmir, Jihad, Juwan, Jayden, Theo, Camille, Mayvone and John; other relatives; and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3500 Baring St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Fernwood Cemetery.

Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.