Alan P. Townsend
Alan P. Townsend of West Chester Alan P. Townsend, age 58, of West Chester, Pa., passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at his residence. He was the husband of Susan Smyth Townsend, with whom he shared 34 years of marriage. He was a loving and devoted family man. Born in Upper Darby, Pa., he was the son of Richard J. Townsend of Chadds Ford, Pa. and the late Mary Ellen McElvogue Townsend. Alan was 9th generation in the furniture business. He was formally the owner of Townsend Furniture Gallery, Royersford, Pa. and was an auctioneer for the Kist Auction Co., Kempton, Pa. He was also was half owner of Brandywine Valley Furniture and Restoration. He was currently working for Kraft Bus Company as a bus driver. He was a member of the Brandywine Motorcycle Riders, Sled and the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association. He was a former member of the SMRC-ARDC and URC. He enjoyed riding his Harley, snowmobiling, antiquing, auctioneering, flea markets, skiing, racing cars and sailing. In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by two sons, Brian A. Townsend and his fianc Katie Zimmerman of West Chester, Pa. and Stephen J. Townsend of Fort Bragg, N.C.; two brothers, Richard J. Townsend of Stroudsburg, Pa. and Frank Townsend of Lancaster, Pa. and one sister, Rosemary Boyer of Unionville, Pa. He is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews. You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2012 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, Pa. (Phone: 610-444-4116). His Memorial service will follow at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be private. In memory of Alan, a contribution may be made to the American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to the USO World Headquarters, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22201 Online condolences may be made by visiting

Published by The Daily Local from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2012.
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Susan, Brian & Stephen,
We wish you peace through this difficult time.

We will always feel Alan's presence in our home, as he refinished our dining room china cabinets. We will remember him every Thanksgiving.

We reminisced on the ride to Kennett, about the great memories of Alan. He was a kind-hearted man and a blast to spend time with.

Peace, MB & Jules
Jules Simon
November 24, 2012
Al was like a brother to me. He was such a pleasure to work with and a wealth of knowledge. Losing him hurts deeply. Sue, my prayers are with you and the family. I will miss him tremendously.
November 23, 2012
Dear Townsend & Boyer Families,

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal."
from a headstone in Ireland

Alan, you will be missed!!!

With deepest sympathy in your time of loss,
Connie & Curt Pennington
November 22, 2012
Alan may have been the best man at our wedding, but THE best man to all, he will be greatly missed.
Sue & Jimmy Stewart
November 21, 2012
Brian, My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your Dad.
Lew Korn
November 20, 2012
Sue and boys,
Barb e-mailed me with the sad news. Jan and I are so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. We have fun memories of you all when we were in Pa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brad Kessler
November 20, 2012
Sue ... Our condolences go out to you, your children, and entire family in the calling home of Alan. He was such a decent, honorable, kind, and loving soul ... and he is surely loved and will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you and the family. Blessings ... Mares & Matthew Stellfox
November 20, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all the Townsand family.I am .so sorry for your lose.Alan was a great guy.always enjoyed talking to him.You will be in my prayers.
terri cara
November 20, 2012
Susan, Brian, & Steve,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and peace,
Art and Joan Holt
Art and Joan HOlt
November 20, 2012
Alan, I am still reeling from the shock of learning about your passing when I boarded the 205 on Monday morning.

I have enjoyed all of our conversations and laughter on my way to work every day and then again on my way home. You have been a good friend these past years, and I will miss you very much.

Sue, we have never met, but Alan spoke of you and the boys often. I am so sorry for your loss, and there are so many of us who are grieving along side of you. Alan was one of the nicest people I have ever met, truly one of the good guys, and he will be dearly missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons as you mourn the passing of this amazing man, husband, father, and friend.

I will never forget you Al.
Patrick Driscoll
November 20, 2012
Alan was the kindest, sweetest and most helpful person we ever knew. He was always willing to help anyone and everyone. He was a wonderful husband to Susan and loved her dearly. Brian and Stephen are a testament to the kind of a father he was . He was so proud of them. We love Alan and will miss him terribly. Rest in peace friend. We are so fortunate to have had you in our lives. You will always be remembered.
Chris, Jim Jack and Jamie Berlin
Chris Berlin
November 19, 2012
Sue, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I worked some crazy years with Alan. He was one of the sweetest men I've ever known. He was one of a kind.
Laurie Turner
November 19, 2012
Sue, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are glad we have gotten to know Alan thru the Brandywine Motorcycle Riders group. He was fun to be around and ride with. He had great stories and good advice for us riders. He will be sadly missed.
Bob and Gail Wasson
November 19, 2012
I have lost one of my Best friends in the world, and give my condolences To Susan,Brian,Stephen, and to all family and friends who knew and loved Alan!
Ed Cassling
November 19, 2012
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