Bryan J. Eldreth

November 27, 1939 - September 2, 2019 Landenberg, PA | Age 79 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Bryan Junior Eldreth, 79, of Landenberg, PA, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 2, 2019 at Christiana Hospital surrounded by family. He was the husband of Joan Ann Eldreth, to whom he was devoted for 59 years of marriage.

Bryan was the son of the late Lester Eldreth and the late Belle Wyatt Eldreth. He was born in Brushy Mountain, North Carolina. He graduated from Kennett Square High School and began his working career at Chester Trico, where he was a manager, until retiring after 20 years of service. A long-time employee of Pocopson Home, where he provided maintenance and security services, was the job he loved the most. Bryan built strong bonds with both residents and staff during his tenure. He had been approaching his 40 year anniversary at Pocopson when he had to quit working in April 2019 due to illness.

A member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene since 1977, Bryan was very active in church activities. He assisted with Sunday school, outreach with The Bridge, and was Head Usher. He especially loved photography; Bryan was always behind a camera and known for wanting to share photographs with everyone who would ask him. His other interests included fishing, gardening, birds, and science fiction. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, and always greeted everyone with a warm smile. Anyone who knew Bryan, knew him as a kind and generous man.

Bryan is survived by his loving wife, Joan Ann; his two beloved daughters, Suzan Paisley (Dennis) and Cynthia Eldreth; two cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Paisley and Adam Paisley; and three treasured brothers, James Roger Eldreth, Millard Raymond Eldreth (Shirley), and Ronnie Lester Eldreth (Dorothy).

Friends and family are invited to visit from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 E. State Road, West Grove, PA 19390. A service to celebrate his life will follow at 11:30 am at the Church. His body will be laid to rest at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square, PA.

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral home, Kennett Square, PA.

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September 7, 2019 9:30-11:30 Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene
240 E. State Road
West Grove, PA

Celebration of Life

September 7, 2019 11:30 Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene
240 E. State Road
West Grove, PA


September 7, 2019 Union Hill Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. So sorry for your loss . Bryan; I knew from Pocopson for many years . He always had a smile, a story about family or travel and on special occasions, a camera . He will be greatly missed by all .We should all feel blessed for have had the opportunity to be his friend .

    Carrie Sexton | September 12, 2019 at 12:43 PM
  2. To Joann and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Bryan was a wonderful Christian man and he loved his family very much. We have been friends with the family for years and our children grew up together. Most of our contact was in church and we appreciate that time and Bryan’s testimony. We are so thankful that you will have the support of a strong family at this difficult time in your lives. Gods peace.

    Nick and Juanita Leioatts | September 8, 2019 at 12:54 PM
  3. Sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I worked with him at Pocopson for over 25 years. He was a sweet and gentle soul. Peace

    Carol Ford | September 8, 2019 at 11:22 AM
  4. I feel blessed and honored to have know and worked with Bryan for nearly 30 yrs at Pocopson. He was one of the most sweetest and kindest individuals. Always had a smile on his face. He loved his family. I will miss him stopping in at the end of my day we would share stories about our families.

    Prayers to his family.

    Sandy Bassick | September 6, 2019 at 8:58 PM
  5. So sorry Brian was such an awsome person worked with him at pocopson he was always smiling loved talking about his family he was a great person

    Kathy medley | September 6, 2019 at 4:03 AM
  6. I grew up w Bryan on Meredith Street. We went on to stay in touch and run into each other thru out the years. He working at Pocopson , me working Longwood security. And yes , he always wore that smile. Sending thoughts and prayers at this time to all of his family and loved ones.

    Bob Hickey | September 5, 2019 at 8:20 PM
  7. Bryan and I grew up together on Meredith Street.. Going on to stay in touch over the years, I worked security at Longwood and we’d run in to each other frequently. And yes, he was always wearing that smile. Sending thoughts and prayers out to all of his family and loved ones.

    Bob Hickey | September 5, 2019 at 8:11 PM
  8. Sending prayers to your family. My Mother Sissy worked with Brian at the mill then I worked with him at Pocopson Home. I Remember when his loving wife worked for Pyles and Brian took pictures of my children with Santa back in the day . He will be missed ❤️ Love Bobbie Melendez and Sissy Pennington

    Roberta Melendez | September 5, 2019 at 6:22 PM
  9. Bryan was a kind, humble and thoughtful
    soul. Seeing his smiling face and sharing our news and stories at the end of a work day is sorely missed. So sad but heaven is fortunate to gain his genle spirit.

    Audrey Fellows | September 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM
  10. So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. Pat and I will miss his happy face and uplifting spirit.
    I will really miss our Christmas lunches in my garage with the retired Maintenance crew from Pocopson. We will keep you all in our prayers. The Lord has received a faithful servant into his arms.God Bless you my friend.
    Herb and Pat Walton

    HERB WALTON | September 5, 2019 at 1:28 PM
  11. I worked with Brian at Pocopson Home for many years. He was the nicest, most friendly person I ever met! He will be missed!

    Debbie Foster | September 5, 2019 at 8:51 AM
  12. So sorry to hear of the passing of another cousin on Mom’s side of the family.
    We will hold you in our prayers.
    Bob & Jenny Blevins

    Bob & Jenny Blevins | September 5, 2019 at 5:01 AM
  13. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Brian. I didn’t know Brian much but heard nothing but great and amazing things. My sympathies goes out to his immediate family and friends.
    Heaven gained yet another angel may he watch over everyone and remain in everyone’s heart.
    God bless

    Roger Eldreth | September 5, 2019 at 3:25 AM
  14. So sorry to hear Brian passed I worked with him for 25 years at pocopson he will be missed

    Linda Drew | September 4, 2019 at 8:57 PM
  15. Brian was such a kind, gentle soul. Dennis and I both worked with him at Pocopson Home for many years. He always greeted everyone he met there with kindness and a smile. Brian was so sweet he did an amazing job photographing our wedding for us. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss and we will miss him dearly.

    Angie Mahan | September 4, 2019 at 8:47 PM
  16. He will be missed but heaven got a new angel I was blessed to work with him for many years at Pocopson home he was so kind to every one I also was blessed to be part of his extended family his brother Is my uncle Roger. My sincere condolences goes out to the whole family

    Linda Minckler | September 4, 2019 at 8:02 PM
  17. So sorry for your loss Bryan was a very nice man always had a smile I knew him from working at Pocopson Home. He would always stop to talk to you when he had security duty and always had nice things to say. May he rest in peace with the Heaverly Father. God Bless his wife and family

    Bob Thompson | September 4, 2019 at 6:29 PM
  18. I worked with Bryan for 18+ years at Pocopson. He always had a story and a smile whenever we met in the hallway. He always mentioned his wife and had stories about his children. May all of his family find solace in knowing he was loved by all and will be sadly missed.

    Arlene McDwyer | September 4, 2019 at 5:40 PM
  19. Such a fine man and a truly gentle spirit. Bryan was a joy to be around and had the gift of encouragement. I treasure my many memories of him as our neighbor and friend. Joan, Cindy, and Suzan will remain in my prayers, that God will give you his peace in your times of grieving. We all are saddened at Bryan’s parting of this world as he heads for his Heavenly home, prepared especially for him by his savior. God bless all who were close to him.

    Ken Weaver | September 4, 2019 at 5:29 PM
  20. My friendship with Bryan and Joan Ann goes back many years. We attended church together for years. One thing I can tell you for sure they both have loved Jesus down through the years. It didn’t matter whether they were struggling with bad times or celebrating with good times. EVERY time something happened in my life and I needed a friend for sure they would show up with big smiles and donuts in hand. Joan Ann sat with my family when Rich was in hospice and was only hours from Heaven. It was so appreciated. We’ve kept in touch and even shared a few lunches out. I am so thankful for such great Christian friends. Joan Ann I love you and admire you and your family and I am so sorry for your loss but it us truly Heaven’s gain.

    Dee Thompson | September 4, 2019 at 5:08 PM
  21. So sorry to hear of this. I worked with Brian at Pocopson for 12 years. He was the kindest, humble, most thoughtful man I have ever met. It was always nice to see him coming down the hall way in the mornings, always with a smile on his face, and a story, recipe, snack or picture to share. He always spoke highly of his family, and fondly of his travels down south. May he rest peacefully.
    To Brian’s family, May you find comfort in your memories today and forever.

    Valerie Santucci | September 4, 2019 at 5:04 PM
  22. Wr are very sorry for your loss of Uncle Bryan. We loved him even thou we haven’t seen him in years. We will always remember him as our photographer for our family. Love Jimmy &Janice Eldreth

    James L Eldreth | September 4, 2019 at 3:49 PM
  23. When I think of Bryan, I think of a profound sense of duty. Bryan took very seriously his responsibilities, and did everything “as unto the Lord.” And yet he was a total joy to be around. We will all miss Bryan, and look forward to seeing him again in Paradise.

    Rev. Mike Schutz | September 4, 2019 at 3:24 PM
  24. I worked with Brian for 27 1/2 years at pocopson home. He was the sweetest person i think i have ever met! He did all my sons pictures with Santa at pyles when they were young. I enjoyed seeing Brian in the mornings when i was coming into work. He made my days there much brighter.

    Amy Stike | September 4, 2019 at 2:43 PM
  25. So sorry for you’re loss. Heaven got another angel. God bless.

    Dave Ramsay | September 4, 2019 at 1:33 PM

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