Jack W. Tarbox

April 8, 1929 ~ June 6, 2018 (age 89)


  On the morning of Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 Jack W. Tarbox of Canton Township passed away unexpectedly at Robert Packer Hospital in sayre. He was 89 years of age.  Born April 8th, 1929 in Burlington, Pa., he was the son of Leslie and Mildred (Rogers) Brown, and was adopted by Charles and  Gladys Tarbox.  Following high school Jack served our country by  enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He was stationed aboard a submarine for the duration of his enlistment.   Jack was blessed with a strong work ethic, and after returning to civilian life he worked at several jobs and enterprises.  He was a stationmaster for the Elmira branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, serving first at  Leolyn and later Cowley.  Later he was the manager of Meehan’s Gas Station in Troy,  owned and operated a combination grocery store and gas station called Jack’s Service Center in Savona  and later The Kozy Kitchen along Rt 6  just east of Troy.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and in earlier years swimming and bowling. He was a member of the Morris Run American Legion post and Canton Lodge # 429 L.O.O.M.   He was an avid New York Giants and Yankees fan and enjoyed wintering at his home in Melbourne, FL.  Jack was known for his perseverance and for not being a quitter.  He had a way of talking to strangers that left them feeling as though they’d known each other for years.  He didn’t mince words, and you always knew where you stood with him.  Most importantly, Jack was a devoted and loving husband , father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

  He is survived by his beloved wife, the former Rosanna Kilmer, and they celebrated their silver wedding anniversary last year, sons Larry (& Robin) Tarbox of Canton and Brad (& Maxine) Tarbox of Cogan Station, daughters Jackie Matthews of Canton, Lori “Pooh” Brown of Muncy, Marci (& Randall) Murphy of Georgia, Kim Colston of Alba and Mickey (& Jerome) Castle of Roaring Branch,  18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by  his birth parents, Leslie and Mildred Brown, his adoptive parents Charles and Gladys Tarbox, his  brother Charlie Brown, son Teddy Tarbox, granddaughter Wendy Warren Tedesco, his first wife Eleanor Carl Schmouder and son-in-law Bart Matthews.

     Visitation will be from 1 to 3 PM Sunday, June 10th at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton.  Service will follow at 3 PM with Elder Bruce Hummel officiating.  Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery where military honors will be accorded  (

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