John Taaffe

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Age 79


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John Gerard Taaffe, 79, died Sunday, April 28 at the UC San Diego Medical Center after a year-long battle with cancer. John leaves his wife Shirley of 55 years, his daughters Lisa and Jeannine, sons-in-law Elliot Levin and Kent Jensen, his grandson Seth and his three siblings Rosemarie, Patrick...

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I'll always remember John saying childcare is being with children! So I eventually got shy John to eat his words by being in a couple of the recreational shows playing different characters mostly and one time we ballroom danced for the board members with our residents.
John possessed quiet strength but always displayed compassion for others
He had an open door policy, now the heavens has opened its doors for a great gentlemen, visionary compassionate man. Well done John!

John taffe was a good man and a role model to me when i was down or in trouble he is surely going to be miss right now my mom always asked bout hom of how he doing i am emotional that he is gone but i have good memories the hard time i had i always talk it out to him he be like nikki do well so you came get out of carson and have home visit i said okay plus graduate he was there and gave me my diploma and he congratulate me on my success being with me at carson that moment will be miss also ...

Sincerest condolences. Let your happy memories comfort you and may they bring a smile to your face.

Joan Todd
Carson Valley Children's Aid

from your former neighbors on Ingham Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY

My sister, Barbara, and I send fondest wishes and sorrowful acknowledgement of John's death and for Shirley and the Taaffe girls. We or you may have moved before we met Sean.

I had the delightful surprise of seeing John & Shirley in the American Diner in W. Philly. Took me awhile to fit the face to the place, but when I did, everything snapped into place.

I came close to working with John at...

Sincerest condolences. It was an honor to work at Carson Valley under this great man who cared so deeply for so many children! Rest peacefully sir!

My deepest condolences. Thinking of you.

He will always be fondly remembered by the Torres family for his kindness and genuine care for others. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to Shirley and family.


John was one of a kind. An incredible and compassionate leader, teacher, mentor, human being. He brought out the best in people- making them want to go above and beyond to provide quality service to children and families who needed it the most. While it so sad to think of the world being without him- his consistent motivating words, kind spirit, warm smile, and laugh- he lives on when any of us help someone in need. Sending love and prayers to Shirley and the Taaffe family

Richard & I will always appreciate your kind and generous nature. I love you for believing in the person you knew I would become, Antoinette