A. "Rube" Chambers
Published in The Daily
Times on June 13, 2012
John A. "Rube"
Chambers Father of Twelve, Sports Surface Executive. Rube Chambers lost
his long battle with Alzheimer's Disease on June 11, a few days before
his 84th birthday. He was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. He
attended West Catholic, Bartram, and graduated from Germantown Academy.
He worked for Philadelphia Electric for many years and managed the local
neighborhood playground. He was an accomplished three-sport athlete and
played minor league baseball. Rube spent most of his professional career
in the Sports Surface industry where he sold gymnasium floors and running
He was married to "Honey" Chambers for 58 years and they raised
their twelve children in Newtown Square, PA. They enjoyed their summers
in Avalon, NJ. He was always seen at his kid's and grandkid's athletic
He was best described by family and friends as "a character, and
the life of the party. He made everyone feel special. If you met him once,
you never forgot him." His son Patrick is the Head Basketball Coach
of Pennsylvania State University. His son, Tim, was the Screenwriter/Director
of "The Mighty Macs".
Husband of the late Marian "Honey" (nee Sietz). Predeceased
by his sister Catherine Chambers.
Survivors: his children John A. (Diane), Gregory M. (Diane), James J.,
Robert X. (Patricia), Christopher J. (Dorothea), Maureen A. Kincade (Tom),
Joseph P. (Lorraine), Timothy D. (Kathleen), Lisa A. Ballard (David),
Megan C. Flanagan (Michael), Paul M. (Jill) and Patrick B. (Courtney),
also 28 grandchildren and his sister Margaret Mary Hickey.
Visitation: Relatives and friends are invited on Thurs. Evening 4-8 P.M.
and Fri. Afternoon 12:30-1:15 P.M. Funeral Mass: Friday, 1:30 P.M. at
St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike Newtown Square, PA 19073.
Contributions in his memory to Alzheimer's Association 399 Market St.
Suite 102 Phila., PA 19106 would be appreciated.