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344 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Fax: (215) 348-0680

344 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-348-8930
Fax: 215-348-0680
Fred Topel Jr.

Fred J. Topel Jr.

June 29, 1946 - May 4, 2019
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Fred J. Topel Jr. of Warrington, PA passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019. He was 72.

Born in Abington, PA on June 29,1946, he was the son of the late Fred J. and Elizabeth T. (Walsh) Topel.
He was raised in Warrington, PA and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1964. He received an Associate's Degree from Bucks County Community College and went on to earn his B.S. degree from Ryder College where became a member of Phi Kappa Psi.

In 1974 he turned his childhood love of trains into a life long career working as a locomotive engineer for Penn Central, Conrail, and SEPTA. During his 45 year long career on the railroad he also earned his real estate license, became a registered nurse and got a massage therapist certificate.

He had an insatiable love for learning. He was particularly interested in science, nature, mechanics and history. The only thing that rivaled his love for learning was his passion for rescuing discarded objects that could be tinkered with and brought back to life. He was venerable Mr. Fix-it and had the carpentry, electrical and mechanical skills to fix anything. He spent most of his free time with family, watching movies, shopping for antiques and playing Pokemon Go.

He is survived by his children Cynthia (Warren) Krysiak, Fred J. III (April) Topel and Alexy Quercetti, along with his grandchildren, Audrey Topel and Farrah Krysiak. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann Marie Woods and Lisa Shimer and several nieces and nephews. Other very special people in his life were Karen Topel, Lisa Quercetti and friend, Carol Martsolf.

He was kind, generous, funny and had a beautiful soul that touched anyone who knew him. He was a loving father, son, brother and friend and will be loved and missed always.

Friends and family are invited to attend his Memorial Service 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11th at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State St, Doylestown, PA 18901.

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  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:30pm
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    235 East State Street
    Doylestown, PA 18901
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John Marley

Posted at 08:54am
Fred was truly a great guy,and always talked about his family,he had lots more patience than I did,if I didn’t know something I would ask Fred,He always had an answer,and we talked endlessly about How Trump saved America ,and we couldn’t understand how some people loved Hillary,He was my engineer the last two years of my career,and I will miss him forever

Victor Joell III

Posted at 04:51pm
Fred was a true friend, coworker, and Renaissance Man. His humor was boundless. His quest for knowledge one of his great qualities. He was truly a great friend.

Dawn Adamczyk

Posted at 07:56pm
I knew very little about Fred until several years ago when I was the assistant conductor on his train. Fred, ET (Ed Lyons) and myself had the same break time for several picks. Fred kept a car in Jenkintown and would drive us home on break. Many times we would stop and have lunch together. It was during this time Fred and I became friends. Fred’s vast knowledge of everything was truly amazing. I referred to him as the most interesting man on the railroad.
Rides in the hoopde with Fred and Ed unforgettable
Having Fred as a friend priceless
Will miss you buddy Joeya

Butch Koch

Posted at 08:18am
Fred was a great coworker and friend. His subtle dry humor always attracted me. A great listener and a man of many talents who always found time to help when necessary. I am grateful that our paths crossed.

Gregory Mielke Posted at 10:27am

Greg Mielke Fred was a good and SPECIAL friend. He would do anything for you. I loved the man. He will be missed very much.

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