Joseph C. “Jimbo” Talarico, 82, of Old Forge, died Sunday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. He was married to the former Barbara Wood for 63 years.
Born in Old Forge, he was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Martin Talarico. He attended the Old Forge Public Schools and was a member of the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Old Forge.
Also surviving are five sons; Joseph “Jimbo” and wife Julie, Old Forge, James, Duryea, Matthew and wife Christine, Old Forge, Mark and wife Cathy, Pittston, Paul, Old Forge. Seven daughters; Barbara Kresefski and husband Raymond, Old Forge, Marie Patchoski and husband Albert, Scranton, Karen Locatelli and husband Tom, Thornhurst, Cheryl Dando, Old Forge, Donna Bullaro and husband John, Scranton, Debra Talarico, Old Forge, Kim McDermott and husband Robert, Old Forge. Additionally; a sister Theresa Gryczko, Old Forge, forty-one grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Joseph was preceded in death by a son, William, a granddaughter, Lisa Morgan, a grandson, David Dando, a great-granddaughter, Paige Talarico, a sister, Marie Housten, four brothers; William and Donald Gilchrist, Robert and William Legg.
Joseph began his trademark work ethic at Superior Door and Sash before proving his entrepreneurship by founding Talarico's Trucking Company for many successful years. Joseph spoke fondly of taking long trips with his wife and varying family members as they drove cross country, toured the countryside, and shared time together. After many long, successful years Joseph retired where he became founder\owner of Talcrest Dairy, Waymart, showcasing his true passion as a successful breeder of Holstein Livestock, and enjoyed sharing the farm responsibilities with his many children and grandchildren as they tended to the animals.
Joseph was a man of considerable pride in his family, and considerable faith in his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He was a gentleman, always approachable, and keen to share his wisdom and stories with both the young and the old. Joseph will be forever remembered as the strongest man we ever knew and will be forever known as the patriarch of our family.
Relatives and friends may call Wednesday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145 Moosic Road, Old Forge.
The funeral service will be private. Interment Old Forge Cemetery.