John E Talley Sr., known to most as “Pop”, passed away peacefully at his home on January 5, 2023 at the age of 101. John was the 6th child of 12 born to Frank and Ella Talley of Chadds Ford, PA.
As a lifelong resident of Chadds Ford, he attended Chadds Ford Consolidated School, graduating in 1938. He worked on the family dairy farm before becoming a milkman for Bergdoll Dairy. He was employed by Woodlawn Trustees as a maintenance man for 20 years, retiring in 1986. He continued to keep busy working for several local plumbers well into his 80’s. His favorite job was being Pop Pop to his grandchildren.
John was an active member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No 1 for over 50 years as well a member of the Queen Ester Rebekah Lodge No. 5 of I.O.O.F. and the Civic Association of Chadds Ford. He was an avid bowler on many championship teams over the years and continued bowling until he was 98. He loved watching Phillies baseball.
He is survived by his son, Jack Talley & wife Dawn, of Unionville, PA, daughter, Jill Talley, of Wilmington, DE, brother Kenneth Talley & wife Janice of Milton, DE, sisters Phyllis Clark and Molly Edwards both of Chadds Ford, PA, 5 grandchildren, Emily & Husband Bryan Hood, Jonathan & Luke Talley, Ethan & Julia Blackburn as well 2 great grandchildren, Kennedy & Carter Hood.
Please join the family for his life celebration on Saturday, January 28th at the McCrery & Harra Funeral home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. Visitation begins at 10 am with a memorial service at 11 am. Interment will be private.
To honor John, memorial donations can be made to Elam United Methodist Church, 1073 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342