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James Leo Talley, Elevator Mechanic, Army Veteran, Fisherman, GCHS Alum, Loved to Laugh

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Jim Talley, center with his friends Vernon "Bud" Myers and Phil Schnell at the 2010 Ray Fords Old Timers gathering held at the Gloucester City Community Center

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VOORHEES, NJ--James L. Talley (81) of Voorhees, NJ passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 27, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 54 years to Sandra (née Bartoseck) Talley, loving father to Stephanie Talley, Julie Catania Screen Shot 2021-07-03 at 20.47.16(Tino), Jimmy Talley (Amanda), and adoring Pop Pop to Massimo, Giovanni, Samantha, and Grant. He is survived by his sister Eileen (Talley) Chiro and her husband Dominick, two nephews and nieces, and extended family and friends.

Jim was a 1959 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School where he played basketball. After high school, Jim served in the US Army during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Germany.

In 1968, Jim began working in the elevator business and was a skilled Elevator Mechanic from 1969-2004. He was a proud member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local # 5 in Phila. After his retirement in 2004, Jim continued to enjoy working as a State of New Jersey Elevator Inspector from 2004-2019.

Since 2004, Jim has been an active member of the Jersey Gaffers Fishing Club. Although it is unclear how many fish Jim actually caught, he loved fishing and traveling with his buddies to many destinations including Costa Rica, Bimini and Belize. Member of the RayFords OldTimers association. 

“Talley” was an avid WVU Mountaineer fan and an Eagles fan who loved tailgating with his friends. He was a loving husband, a proud father, an adoring grandfather, and a true friend. Jim had a gift with people. He was kind, humble, caring, and guaranteed to make you laugh! He never complained and only had nice words to say. He believed “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Jim loved being with friends and family. He was often heard telling anyone, doctors, nurses, co-workers, neighbors, old friends….” stop by and have a drink”. And he truly meant it!!

Friends and family are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday, July 7,2021, 9:30AM-11AM at St. Simon Stock Parish Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church 178 W. White Horse Pike Berlin, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery 240 Lower Landing Rd. Blackwood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s memory to Lift For A Vet at 12273 Townsend Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19154 (checks payable to Lift for a Vet) or Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements under the direction of the COSTANTINO-PRIMO FUNERAL HOME, BERLIN NJ. To leave lasting condolences or photos, please use the links on this page.

Anyone who met Jim, knows he would want us all to celebrate a life well lived filled with great stories, many laughs, loved ones, good times and maybe a few drinks. Cheers to Talley!!

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