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Dale Williamson
Collision Service Adviser
Sterling Autobody Centers – West Chester, Philadelphia, Pa.

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How long have you lived in Philadelphia?
My whole life – 48 years!

Are you a Phillies fan?

Yes. I just got my picture taken with Phillies legend Dutch Daulton, who unfortunately just got diag-nosed with brain cancer. He got diagnosed five days after we hung out. I’ve always been a big fan of Dutch.

Are the Phillies your favorite team?
No, the Eagles are. My house is all Eagled up – banners, signatures, helmets, stuffed animals, etc.

Do you have the Eagles mailbox, too?
I do not. But I do have the Eagles foam brick that you can throw at the TV when they make a bad play. You don’t want to throw a real brick through your 70-inch flat screen.

What did you think of Michael Vick?

I was not a fan. I’m a dog lover, so that stuff that happened with him turned me off.

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Do you own a dog?
I did in the past: Danny, died Oct. 23, 1977. Dogs need devotion and time, and I work 12 to 13 hours a day, sometimes seven days a week. My wife is a cat person so we’re doing the cats until the day comes when we can devote the time a dog needs.

How long have you and your wife been married?

Going on 30 years now. We got married on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a little Irish, she’s half Irish. Philadelphia has a parade, but we don’t go. Everyone parties on our anniversary, we say, not St. Patrick’s Day.

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As far as cheesesteaks go, is it Geno’s or Pat’s for you?
Neither. Jim’s is my preference. But I like them all to be honest – I’m a big fan of the cheesesteak in general.

We hear you had a restoration project at one time.
Yes, it was a 1973 Sun Bug. I had it for 15 to 20 years but then recently sold it to someone because I didn’t have the time to devote to it and figured I would let someone else enjoy it. The good thing was I got my garage back!

What is your favorite part of your job?

The people. One time, I had just finished cutting the grass when an elderly woman I call my ‘third mother’ called and told me she ran over a big stick and her car was leaking fluid everywhere. I told her to meet me at work, so I went over there in my street clothes and handled the claim for her and got her a rental and off she went. She was thrilled. And that’s what I live for.

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