|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1901|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 1964|
Phil, or Exton as friends called him, was the husband of Eleanor Scott and the son of Philip Guckes & Mary Rebeckah or Rebecca Bainbridge.
He grew up in Philadelphia with brother, Robert Rech Guckes, and his parents. Exton graduated from MIT in 1921 with a SB degree in Chemical Engineering. His father was a banker, but instead of banking, he took his first job with the Charles S. Walton Co. in Philadelphia selling leather. In 1925, he and his father bought the American Non-Gram Bronze Company in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, a foundry that made bronze bushings and conducted research in beryllium bronze. He built the company up until it employed over 200. During World War II, they made a bearing, used on all of Pratt Whitney's airplanes.
Although running his own company, he joined the Navy in 1943 as Lieutenant and after Indoctrination School at Ft. Schuyler, with a 4.0 in navigation and seamanship,was made an expert in 20mm guns. He was attached to Com-Air-Pac & spent the rest of the War in the Pacific working with aircraft carriers & their 20mm guns on shakedown cruises. After WWII, he sold the bronze company in 1946 & retired.
He & Eleanor had started going to Camden Maine around 1936 and this is where they retired. Exton purchased the Passmore Lumber Company in Camden and used it as an excuse to winterize the family home, "Twin Oaks". Exton & Eleanor loved sailing & traveling, especially on the schooner, Malabar II. The family believes his yacht was the one later featured in the Kevin Costner film, "Message In A Bottle". Exton sailed Malabar far & wide, including to Bermuda & Spain.
Exton was also an accomplished photographer and won first place in a contest where he won $10,000, a trip & a new car!
Exton and Eleanor had three children, one who was a baby, who died shortly after birth.
Trenton Evening Times (NJ), Nov. 9, 1964:
"PHILLIP [sic] E. GUCKES EXECUTIVE, 63
CAMDEN, Maine - AP - Philip Exton Guckes, former Philadelphia past commodore of the Camden Yacht Club, died yesterday. He was 63.
Guckes was former president of the Non Gram Bronze Co. of Berwin [sic], Pa., retiring in 1946 after 17 years in the post. He was president of Main Line Sales & Service Co. and a Director of the Wayne Title and Trust Co. of Wayne, Pa."
Philip Ellsworth Guckes (1875 - 1928)
Mary Rebekah Bainbridge Guckes (1876 - 1942)
Eleanor Wilder Scott Guckes (1902 - 1993)
Mary Edith Guckes Stevens (1928 - 2013)*
Baby Guckes (1934 - 1934)*
Philip Exton Guckes (1901 - 1964)
Robert Rech Guckes (1908 - 1977)*
PHILIP EXTON GUCKES
APRIL 12, 1901 NOV. 1, 1964
Created by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Record added: Apr 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8601466
I miss you Grandaddy, especially when you followed me around the race course on Penobscot Bay, golfing and calls from you on "our" birthday from wherever you were traveling around the world.|
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