Paul Zachary

PAUL ZACHARY had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, writer, and historian in Camden. For many years his "Heard on the Avenue" column graced the pages of the weekly Camden County Record, detailing life and community events in Camden's predominantly Polish Whitman Park neighborhood. Mr. Zachary was the church historian of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at South 10th and Mechanic Streets, and wrote a history of the church commemorating its 75th anniversary in 1967. 

Paul Zachary passed away in 1992 at the age of 85.



A community news reporter for many years, Paul Zachary will share In the Man and Woman of the Year honors tendered by the Polish American Congress at a testimonial dinner and dance Saturday, November 11, at the Polish American Citizens' Club, South Camden.

Writing for weekly and metropolitan newspapers about people and what they do to help others has been Paul Zachary's life-long contribution to advance human kindness and promote social welfare awareness.

Newspaper work began for the 1978 Man of the Year m Philadelphia, where as a 7-year-old his family moved from Camden after his father's death. He was news editor 

of a weekly that folded during the Depression when he married the former  Anne Smolka and returned here to raise a daughter and two sons. 

War work in the 40s was found at New York Shipyard where he served as a union officer, editor of the "Shipyard Worker," a supplement to the national edition, and a. public relations staff member for Labor­Management.

Paul Zachary's journalistic talents came to the attention of Msgr. Strenski in 1951 when the South Camden pastor asked him to let others know about the accomplishments of St. Joseph's parishioners. He has been on the job for 27 years with the Camden County Record, the Camden diocesan Catholic Star Herald, and other news media .

 An organizational man, he has served in many leadership roles as well as president of the Parish Council, Holy Name Society, and past navigator and historian of Bishop Eustace Assembly, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He has written numerous biographical sketches of prominent people in religious and political life, including two career assessments of Msgr. Strenski's 73-year priesthood.

 A jewel in his library collection is the book he wrote and produced as St. Joseph's historian for the 75th anniversary observance in 1967. He is presently involved with housing for the Department of Community Affairs in Trenton.

 While living in Philadelphia he was active with sporting groups and is one of the organizers of the Polish American Association String Band in 1934. He was also the organizer of the Whitman Park Fishing Clubs Association, still functioning since 1958.

 The public-spirited honoree counts his family blessings with daughter Annette, spouse of Joe Canal of Imperial Travel, Agency in Camden,' and mother of grandsons Mario and Paul, students at Bishop Eustace· Preparatory School.

 Elder son Paul is married to the former Mary Ann DelSordo of Philadelphia. He is a professional diagnostic and pharmaceutical representative of American Hoechst Corp. Martin lives with his widowed father and is a financial consultant to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services.

 Two sisters and a brother Mary, Frances Mitchell, and John reside in Philadelphia, and brother Michael in Bellmawr.