John A. Arrell

February 20, 2021 New London, PA "Jack"

John A. Arrell, or “Jack” as he was affectionately known, age 87, of New London, PA passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 20, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. He was predeceased by his wife, Sara Ann Montgomery Arrell with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. Born 1933 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Jack was the son of the late Samuel H. Arrell and the late Frances E. Taylor Arrell.

Jack was a 1951 graduate of Haverford High School. After graduation from high school, Jack proudly served his country as an active duty member of the United States Army from May 1953-1955. Jack worked and retired from Bell Atlantic Telephone Company on a Friday in 1991 after 36 years of service, starting as a lineman and working several positions, lastly retiring as Manager of all Vehicles and Buildings in the Eastern Region. Jack immediately started his second career the following Monday with the mushroom association working for the Needham Companies with his son Steven. Jack quickly became a permanent employee stepping in and addressing issues with DEP, neighbors and the Township allowing the owners to focus on the day-to-day operations of the business. Jack officially became General Manager of the Needham Companies in 2002.

Jack has been involved with numerous organizations, served many years in leadership positions, and passionately served his local community in many capacities. He was elected and served two terms on the Avon Grove School Board, occupying the role of President for his last 5 years. Jack then served 18 years on the New London Township Board of Supervisors as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Additionally, Jack served 15 years as the New London Township RoadMaster.

Jack has served the residents of Chester County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a member of the Chester County Association of Township Officials for 6 years as Vice President, followed by President, and was a member of the South Eastern Association of Township Officials. Jack has also served as the Director on the Chester County Conservation District Board of Directors and was a member of the Chester County Emergency Drought Board. Jack was a board member for 7 years on Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau and on the Chester County Conservation District Board from July 25, 1997 through June 20, 2019. During that time, Jack served as Board Chairman from 2001-2004 and Vice Chairman from 2007-2018. Jack also served on the Chester County Agriculture Development Council from 2009-2015.

Throughout his career, Jack has received numerous awards and citations. In 1998, Jack received an award for his participation in the Dirt and Gravel Road Task Force for the Conservation District. Jack was a proud member of the New London Masonic Lodge for 66 years and attended the Christian Life Center in New London, PA.

Jack’s greatest achievements were his family. He found great joy in spending time with his bride including taking her shopping, going out to eat, and throwing holiday parties at the farm. Jack’s pride and joy were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His fondest memories were taking his children and grandchildren to Disney World multiple times and on various other vacations with the last trip being Honolulu, Hawaii. Jack enjoyed raising beef cattle and sheep as well as crops on his family farm. Jack enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go hunting and fishing. He always looked forward to the annual rockfish fishing trip and crabbing with his sons, son in law, grandsons, and nephews.

Jack is survived by two sons, John A. Arrell, Jr. and his wife, Patrice of New London, PA and Robert B. Arrell and his wife, Kimberly of New London, PA; one daughter, Amy E. Coppock and her husband, Lawrence of New London, PA; twelve grandchildren, John III, Ashley (William), Justin, Katie, Sean, Brandi, Taylor, Courtney, Ryan, Autumn and Taylor S.; as well as ten great grandchildren, Layla, Sawyer, Talon, Victoria, Riley, Skylar, Maci, Baylee, Brynn, and Bryce.

Jack was predeceased by one son, Steven Arrell; and two brothers, Samuel Arrell and Robert Arrell.

You are invited to visit the family for a graveside funeral service at 1:30PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at New London Presbyterian Cemetery, 1986 Newark Rd, Lincoln University, PA 19352. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the viewing is private.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks contributions be made to Chester County Hospital Foundation, Abramson Cancer Center, 701 East Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380 or online at or to the Pennsylvania Conservation District online at

To view his online tribute, or share a memory with the family, please visit

Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.

Memorial Donations

Chester County Hospital Foundation, Abramson Cancer Center

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Pennsylvania Conservation District

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Graveside Service

February 26, 2021 1:30PM New London Presbyterian Cemetery
1986 Newark Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352


  1. To the Arrell family: We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was a very special person and our friend; we are happy to have known him for many years. Jack was involved with so many organizations and did an outstanding job on all. Jack was a great Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau director who spoke with authority and confidence about any situation. It was a joy to spend time with Jack and Sally over the years. They loved their family – each and every one! We enjoyed stopping by their home and hearing the special stories they shared about all of you. We will miss him! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
    [We tried to join on computer with the graveside service today, however are sorry to say that we had difficulties and were unable to connect.]
    – Janet and Howard Robinson

    Howard and Janet Robinson | February 26, 2021 at 2:34 PM
  2. I am so very sorry for the loss of such an incredible man! Those Arrell men — my own grandfather (and hero) Sam, Uncle Jack and Uncle Bobby were one in a million! One memory of all three Arrell men that I always hold close, is seeing their love for their wives. And no one more proudly boasted that love than Uncle Jack! I really got to see that as an adult when I got to spend a lot of time with them when they came to Kentucky for Uncle Bob’s funeral. I will always cherish that time I got to spend with them. I will never forget the way Uncle Jack took care of Aunt Sally — I remember being out to dinner in Louisville and him proudly introducing her to the waiter as “my sweetheart.” I will also never forget the incredible eulogy he delivered for Uncle Bob. AND, how hard he made Uncle Bob (and everyone) laugh years prior when he came down for a party. Most of all, I will never ever forget the look on Uncle Bob’s face when he was surprised with Jack at the party. He kept saying, “I can’t believe my brother is here.” It was truly a gift for all of us seeing two of the brothers together and a memory that I will never forget.

    A memory from when I was much younger that is a bit foggier but one I will never forget is going sledding at the farm late at night. It was the most fun and spontaneous thing my dad (Paul) ever did, so I have to assume Uncle Jack really talked him into it. I remember I was at my grandparents and we got my dad’s old school sled and he took Kevin and I over to the farm. I remember it was dark and it felt like the coolest thing ever to do as a kid! In all my memories of him, Uncle Jack was always fun! And made life more fun for everyone he encountered.

    He has contributed so much to the world, it would seem his shoes are unfillable. However, I think if there’s any way to go, it’s to do so leaving shoes that cannot be filled. My thoughts are with you all as you celebrate the memories and mourn the loss of a one-in-a-million man.

    Meghan Arrell | February 26, 2021 at 11:39 AM
  3. Our Poppop was the most humble and honorable man I’ve ever met. We couldn’t go anywhere without him knowing someone and if he didn’t, he made sure he left with a new friend! He loved our Gammy more than anything in the world! I love you so much Poppop! <3

    Katie McLaughlin | February 25, 2021 at 9:59 PM
  4. My sweet sweet Pop-Pop, you will be missed more than you know. You have & will always be the man I admire & look up to. You have given us an extremely spoiled childhood but taught us to always work hard for what we have. I am beyond lucky to have had a grandfather like you. You are the greatest man I have ever met. I know you’re where you’re meant to be now, with your bride, but I will sincerely miss you dearly. These past few weeks have been rough but I am so grateful to have had the time to hold your hand & say our final goodbyes. I’ll see you later Pop-Pop. I love you ♥️

    “& I wish Grandpa’s never died”

    Brandi Arrell | February 25, 2021 at 6:58 PM
  5. We are fortunate to have so many happy memories with the “old Bell group”. The wonderful Christmas gatherings & the great picnics at the farm are among our favorites. Though we are saddened by the loss of our friend we know Jack is now with his bride once again.
    God bless you all.
    Dick & Betty Hartig

    Dick & Betty Hartig | February 25, 2021 at 11:14 AM
  6. The world lost an incredible man , one who put everyone else’s needs before his own. His smile could light up a room! My sweet pop-pop I know you’re in a better place watching over us, until we meet again!

    Ashley Yerkes | February 25, 2021 at 10:24 AM
  7. Morag and I are saddened to hear of your loss. We never knew your Dad but the tributes afforded to him reflect an obviously loved and respected man. His talents and achievements are considerable and will surely be missed by not only his family but his community too. Our regards to you Patrice and all of your family.Hope to see you at some point in this most difficult year.
    John. & Morag

    John McIlwraith | February 25, 2021 at 8:37 AM
  8. John, Bob & Amy,
    My heartfelt sympathies to all of you and your families. Your Dad was and will always be one of the most caring, supportive, uplifting, humorous (so many sayings) that I have ever had the pleasure to know. He guided me through the local government maze and also through being a part of the County Association of Township Officials. More important than that was his friendship, his humor and sayings could make me smile on days I didn’t think I could smile. His love and pride for his family was a topic we talked about often. He was a true inspiration to me and a friend I will never forget.
    Trish Fagan

    Trish Fagan | February 24, 2021 at 9:20 PM
  9. John and Family, Sorry to read about your fathers passing. You gave him a wonderful tribute in his announcement. He was a busy man i could see and still finding love for the family. Be at peace he is in heaven with your mother today. Best wishes.

    Michael Conner | February 24, 2021 at 10:03 AM
  10. Sincere sympathy to the whole Arrell Family on the loss of your Dad. He left you wonderful memories as he and your Mom left me with all the good times we shared.

    I will not be able to attend the funeral but am sending love and prayers to all.
    Aunt Anna

    Anna Montgomery | February 24, 2021 at 7:51 AM
  11. Uncle Jack Thanks for all of our GREAT Easter celebrations at Circle A Farm. You and Dad (Joe McGeehan) were the ultimate egg hiders!!!! The hunts were the best. Always lots of cheating going on on both sides, but Arrell Family, well they ruled when it came to cheating!!! Laughs, love and fun!!! Wonderful Memories to Cherish Forever!!!

    Joann George | February 23, 2021 at 9:26 PM
  12. Mr Arrell you will be truly missed sir i will miss coming to the farm and you giving me hell about something or just sitting on the front porch or around the kitchen table having a cold beer and shooting the breeze. You were a great friend 40 + years and your words of wisdom will stay with me for the rest of my years so rest in peace sir and go with your bride

    frank chambers | February 23, 2021 at 9:01 PM
  13. My condolences to John and Patrice /and family. He was a kind gentleman. I am tired just reading of all his accomplishments. I am also thankful for being included in their many parties. Sending my love and prayers.

    Sharon Garvine | February 23, 2021 at 8:10 PM
  14. Prayers for Family, Larry &Barbara

    Coppock | February 23, 2021 at 4:59 PM

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