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“Elmer's son Scott was one of my best childhood friends. I remember many pleasant hours playing with him, his brother Malcom and sister Anne at the...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Carl R. Fork - Longview, TX

“A fine man, all the attributes of a true Christian, a friend who benefited all who knew him. A blessing just to know him. Brucie, my sincerest...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: George Zhelesnik - Hightstown, NJ

“We were saddened to hear of Tal's passing. We smile when we talk about some of the very entertaining stories he told. He could be quite funny...even...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Gary & Susan Zakovic - Fanwood, NJ

“Brucie, I am so sorry for your loss. Tal was a great man, and a great friend to me. I will remember all of the good times we had together with...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ann Zakovic - Scotch Plains, NJ

“Tal was a warm, wonderful man, a gifted spiritual leader and a dear friend. He will be deeeply missed, but will remain in the hearts of all whose...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Bette Wells - Brick, NJ

“Our hearts share in your loss...Tal was a wonderful man , a gifted friend with a huge heart and a great sense of humor, a tireless worker to further...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Julie Stiefel - Lebanon, NJ

“Rev. Elmer Talcott was like a second father to me. I have learned and gained so much from him in my lifetime. I will miss him tremendously, but I...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Robert Wilkins - Finksburg, MD


Reverend Elmer Talcott, 88 Presbyterian Minister Westfield - Rev. Elmer Talcott died peacefully at home on Tuesday (July 19. 2011). Tal was born on July 4th, 1923, son of the late Elmer and Mae Talcott. Tal attended Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in Greenwich, CT. His first pastorate was in Fort Schuyler in the Bronx. Tal met and married Helen Bruce Douglas while serving as assistant pastor for the Rye, New York Presbyterian Church. Rev. Talcott was pastor to a combination of the Old First Dutch Reformed Church and the United Church of Christ in Brooklyn, NY. He was then called to the Community Presbyterian Church in Mountainside, from which he retired after 25 years. During retirement, Tal served the United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, Iselin Presbyterian Church and celebrated his 50th ordination as interim pastor at Townley Presbyterian Church in Union. Tal's spare time was spent reading, sculpting, painting, gardening, singing, playing the piano, walking his beloved dogs and traveling. In 1949, Tal resettled refugees in Finland for the American Friends Service Committee, and worked in the Iona Community to restore the ancient cathedral near Oban, Scotland. The Iona Community ignited his lifelong passion for world peace – he helped found the Kirkridge retreat center in Bangor, PA where he served as President. Tal also visited the Holy Lands, enjoyed a horticultural tour of Japan in the 1960's, served in the 1st Peace Commission to the Soviet Union from the National Council of Churches in 1983 and taught a graduate course in comparative religion at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. Tal is survived by his wife of 58 years, Brucie Talcott; his children, Anne Howe (and her husband, Allen), Malcolm Talcott (and his wife, Alice), and Scott Talcott; as well as his grandchildren, Andrew and Katie Howe, and Rosie and Will Talcott. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 11A.M. at the Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church, 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside, NJ 07092. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kirkridge Retreat Center Inc., 2495 Fox Gap Rd., Bangor PA 18013 or to the Memorial Garden or the church music program at Mountainside Community Presbyterian Church, 1459 Deer Path, Mountainside, NJ 07092. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood.

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