Irving "Peter" Tallman

Obituary of Irving "Peter" Tallman

Peter Tallman (Irving Willard Tallman, Jr.), the dynamic, relentlessly positive, irreverent personality that has flavored Egg Harbor Township, Bordentown, and Jobstown over the past 77 years, passed away on Sunday, Oct 24, 2021, leaving behind a host of friends and family that will never be the same. He was known by his friends as an energetic rapscallion who could just as easily open a meaningful conversation about death as make an irreverent joke. He was known by his family as a perpetual source of love, generosity, and eccentricity who did it his way, up until the very end. He is survived by his wife and partner of 21 years, Patsy Tallman, his son Brett (Susan), stepsons Jeff (Victoria) Russo and David (Jennifer) Russo and five grandchildren (Grace, Louis, Angela, Elliott, and Leo). He was preceded in death by his beloved black lab rescue dog, Ebenezer, who always held a special place in his heart. While his early years consisted of the typical story of going to college (Rutgers, 1967), taking a corporate job, marrying (Judy Cannon), and having a son, he soon found his own unique path. He took up management of the Columbus Farmers Market, often seen in orange or spray-painting the color wherever danger lurked. Always true to himself, many in Bordentown may remember him and his second wife (Bonnie Goldman) as the center of laughter at Mastori's or in the middle of some lively event, such as auctioneering for a charity dressed in a superhero costume. After selling the Market, he reveled in the creativity and unpredictability of being a serial entrepreneur; he launched or led a host of endeavors, including; investing in real estate, building the Mansfield Golf Center, and breathing new life into the family business, Locust Hall Farm in Jobstown. To the delight of everyone in his life (his mother might have said relief), he found the love of his life in 2001, Patsy. She decided not to sell him to the circus, choosing instead to keep him for herself, leading to a journey of laughter, tears, and—most of all—deep love. They spent the next 13 years together on Locust Hall Farm. Retiring upon its sale, he cultivated a community of friends for his widow, Patsy, with death due to prostate cancer on the supposed horizon. To the delight of all, for another 8 years, he faced each day courageously with the conviction that his days were limited; he filled his days with gratitude, abundant generosity to others, and joie de vivre. Hence, his final days were a full and rich celebration of his legacy as his many friends and neighbors formed a steady procession of laughter, tears, and shared memories. When his body finally failed, it was in the presence of his family, with a loving, peaceful spirit surrounding him. While our souls grieve today, it was a fitting end for a man who had given himself so fully to life, and in turn bettered the world he left behind. In sum, though he will be sorely missed, he was a bright example for us all, in life and in death. Memorials may be given to Gilda's Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221. A celebration of life will be scheduled once the pandemic recedes.
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