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Phyllis L. Neaves (nee Richman) passed away suddenly on August 22, 2020, at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving daughters. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Angus Neaves, of Leven, Fife, Scotland.
Phyllis was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Jack A. and Nina Richman. She graduated from Cheltenham High School and Temple University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon, the English Honor Society, and Hillel, and where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education. Phyllis was a teacher of third and fourth grade in the Cheltenham school district, and reading in the Wallingford-Swarthmore school district. She volunteered for the Junior League of Philadelphia, Women of Widener, the Delaware County Democratic Committee, and was actively involved in the local schools. Phyllis was a supporter of the Arts who faithfully attended the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Walnut Street Theater. She was a member of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, the Rose Valley Folk, and a patron of the Helen Kate Furness Library. Additionally, she spent time with her book and supper clubs, and many years as a part of the Rose Valley Swimming Pool 1000 Lap Club. Cherished memories were created in New Hampshire, where she was a member of the Partridge Lake Property Owners’ Association.
Phyllis was a remarkable mother and grandmother, who placed her family at the center of everything in her life. We cannot convey the depth of our sorrow upon losing our beloved Mimi. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her daughters Alison Keffer (Bill), Elizabeth Straw (Stu), and Kathleen Krejci (Kent), her grandchildren, Jack and Sarah Keffer, Emma and Caroline Straw, Marguerite, Sophie, and James Krejci, her brother, Edward Richman (Anyce), and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
A private service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, August 29, at 11 am and simultaneously live-streamed for those not physically present. Join us on Zoom:https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73821862662?pwd=OGo3T0VoVG5XL0ZTbXpWbFdzdXlVUT09
Meeting ID: 738 2186 2662
If you wish to make a donation in Phyllis’s memory, please choose an organization that has meaning for her and for you.
Anthony J. Seman Jr., 83, of Brookhaven, Pa., a retired Chichester School District Administrator, passed away on August 14th, 2020. Anthony was predeceased by his wife, Mary, and is the loving father of Anthony J. Seman III (Tammie), Suzanne M. (Edward) Seidl, Marc D. Seman, Kristine M. (Jason) Jones; and his grandchildren Joseph, Siena, Sophia and Miles.
Born in Chester, Pa. in 1937, he was the beloved son of the late Anthony Sr. and Rose (nee Izzi) Seman and the loving brother of Beverly A. Meadows (Dewey). Mr. Seman grew up in Chester - attending Franklin Grammar, Smedley Junior High and Chester High schools - graduating in 1955. Mr. Seman enjoyed playing football and baseball for Chester High School. He once had a tryout for the Philadelphia Athletics baseball farm team, and was an avid follower of the Eagles and Phillies his whole life.
Mr. Seman received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Chester University in 1960, taught in Chester schools, and served in the Pennsylvania Reserve Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge in 1966. Mr. Seman married in 1963, graduated from Villanova University with a Master’s degree in school administration in 1964, and moved to Glen Mills, Pa to raise a family and begin a long teaching career with the Chichester School District. In 1967 Mr. Seman was appointed the Principal of Boothwyn Elementary School, the youngest up to that time. After working at Boothwyn, Trainer, Linwood and Hilltop Elementary schools, Mr. Seman retired from Chichester School District in 1993 as Supervisor of both Elementary Education and Kindergarten through 12th grade Curriculum.
Due to COVID concerns, a Graveside Service will be held on Friday Aug. 21 at 11 AM in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery 1600 S. Sproul Rd. Springfield.
Timothy Tyson, 28, of Aston, Pa passed away on Sunday, August 16th at his home. He was raised in Swarthmore and was a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School with the class of 2010. Tim worked as an operator for Covanta Renewable Energy. He enjoyed going out to eat, spending time with his family and friends and his dogs. He also liked to vacation at the beach.
He was predeceased by his father, John Tyson, Jr.; grandparents, Raymond Moran, and Mary and John Tyson.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Tyson; brothers, John Tyson (Erica), Joe Tyson, and Matt Tyson; girlfriend, Cheyenne Hansen; nephew, John Tyson, IV; grandmother, Eileen Moran.
Friends and family are invited to his funeral mass on Thursday, August, 20th at 10:30 am at Notre Dame Church 950 Michigan Ave. Swarthmore, Pa 19081. Burial will be private. Donations in his name can be made to PRO-ACT at https://www.councilsepa.org/cart/products/Donate-to-The-Council/Donate-to-The-Council-PRO-ACT.html
Walter Leslie Keighton, a lifelong resident of Swarthmore, died of congestive heart failure at home on August 3. He was 81.
Born as the youngest of five siblings to the late Walter B. Keighton Jr. and Eleanor M. Paxson, Leslie graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1956 and earned a B.A. in English from Earlham College in 1961. From 1962 to 1967, he taught English and Social Studies at Overbrook School for the Blind.
After working under contractor Fred Lynch and with partner Bob Morton for several years, Leslie began a nearly 50-year career as a self-employed painting contractor, earning the trust of many loyal clients in Swarthmore. A perfectionist in his trade, he had a reputation for meticulous workmanship, and those he did work for knew they could count on a job that would keep their homes beautiful for years to come.
Leslie was a Quaker pacifist throughout his life, always demonstrating his respect for life- even disappointing his sports coaches in high school by not being aggressive enough toward opponents. During his time at Quaker Earlham College as an English major, he had a continuing interest in biology but resisted dissecting animals in the lab. In keeping with his love of animals, he remained a vegetarian for his entire adult life. As a conscientious objector to war, and killing, he found alternative service as a volunteer with the pacifist Mennonites in a village in Newfoundland, Canada. At Swarthmore Friends Meeting, he taught First Day School (otherwise known as “Sunday School”) and later served as Recording Clerk for nearly 40 years. His note taking skills were widely regarded in this role as he took the minutes at each monthly Meeting for Business. He was also a faithful volunteer at the Meeting’s annual Jumble Sale alongside his son George.
Leslie had a lifelong passion for nature and horticulture. He enjoyed tending to many different plants and trees, particularly rhododendrons, which he had won awards for and raised them to sell, including to the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. He always felt most comfortable working independently in the solitude of nature. His gardens celebrate his love of nature and everything that grows around us and of whom we are an integral part.
Additionally, Leslie maintained a keen interest in poetry and literature. He enjoyed classical music and played the oboe for a number of years.
When Swarthmore Friends Meeting opened up the Refugee House next door at 409 College Ave, Leslie served as an ESL teacher for Lao refugees, and often went over to help cook for the families. It was during this time that he met his beloved wife of nearly 30 years, Chanly, who arrived from Cambodia in 1988.
At family gatherings, Leslie would play with the kids and was always considered the “fun uncle”. He is fondly remembered for his sense of humor, quick wit, and infectious laugh.
Leslie is survived by his wife Chanly Jong, son George Keighton, stepson Hokly Pith, sister June K. Furlow, brothers James D. Keighton and Robert L. Keighton, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Charles E. Keighton. A memorial service at Swarthmore Friends Meeting will be announced at a later date. George may be reached at (484)-326-8519. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
It is with great sadness that the loved ones of Gary S. Clark, of Chichester, PA, share news of his passing. On Monday, July 20th, at the age of 52, Gary passed away suddenly while in Cape May, NJ. Gary graduated from Marple Newtown High School in 1986, and later attended the Automotive Training Center in Exton, PA for auto repair certification courses. During young adulthood, Gary worked at the Clark Exxon in Woodlyn with his father and brother. After working at Exxon for several years, Gary went on to start a new business in 1993. He was the owner of Clark’s Tire and Auto service in Swarthmore for 27 years.
Gary was a huge sports fan. His two favorite sports were baseball and football. During his youth, he was a great baseball player and played for many local teams. Gary collected sports memorabilia, including a vast collection of trading cards. At one point, he owned a sports memorabilia shop in Glenolden, PA. While not working, Gary enjoyed spending time at the shore with his family and friends. He made friends everywhere he went. Gary loved his children dearly. He was often heard talking about their accomplishments and made it clear that they were his pride and joy. Anyone who knows Gary will know that he will be deeply missed by many.
Gary is preceded in death by his mother, Elaine (Blais)Clark; his uncle David L. Vita; and his cousin David M. Vita.
Gary is survived by his sons Nicholas, Christian, and Jayden; his father Joseph Jr; his uncle Frank Yeager; his aunt Lois (Blais) Vita; his sister Dawn–Marie; his brother Timothy, spouse Melissa and their children Carley, Callie and Collin;his cousin Christine (Vita) Tini, spouse Nicholas, and their daughter Gina; his girlfriend Nicole and her children John and Aubrianna; and his former significant-other Catherine and her sons Michael, Ryan, and Daniel.
Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. www.nfed.org