David “Reds” F. Nilan

October 22, 1944 - July 13, 2023 Kennett Square, PA | Age 78 Loving Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend.

David “Reds” F. Nilan, Age 78, of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at the Pocopson Home. He was the husband of Nancy Mackie Nilan who passed away in 2001, and with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late James Nilan and the late Miriam Broomhall Nilan.

Reds was a groundskeeper at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA for over 35 years, retiring in 1997. After retiring from Longwood Gardens, he worked at the Chester County Courthouse in the Sheriff’s office for 10 years.

He volunteered to help clean St. Patrick’s Church and he also helped with Christmas baskets for the needy.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Reds was a good listener and he enjoyed gardening, watching TV, playing with his dog and cat, going out to eat and being with his family and friends. He was an umpire for many years for the KAU Little League and he also coached for various sports. He enjoyed playing basketball with his nephews.

He is survived by two daughters, Megan M. Nilan of Kennett Square, PA and Tanna A. Nilan of Newport, DE, and three grandchildren, David Troy Nilan, Megan Zavala and Franklin Thompson.

He was predeceased by one sister, Patricia Konitzer and two brothers, James Nilan and Thomas Nilan.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 Wednesday evening, July 19, 2023 and again from 10:00 to 11:00 on Thursday morning, July 20, 2023 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12: 00 at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA. Burial will be St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Kennett Area Community Service, 136 W. Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com

Arrangements the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

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Memorial Donations

Kennett Area Community Service

136 W. Cedar Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348



July 19, 2023 6:00-8:00 Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA


July 20, 2023 10:00-11:00 Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA

Mass of Christian Burial

July 20, 2023 12:00 St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA


July 20, 2023 St. Patrick's Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA.


  1. dave r i p good friend richard saverioni

    richard saverioni | July 30, 2023 at 3:56 PM
  2. Megan and Tanna so sorry to hear of your father passing. You will be in my prayers

    Erica Tavoni | July 28, 2023 at 2:17 PM
  3. Dave Nilan loyal friend. More then just my neighbor. A loving, kind, forever friend. Always ready to help in any way he could. Good listener a shoulder to cry on always puts a smile on your face but truly in your heart. Lived his life walking in the love of God and sharing that love sincerely with all who knew him. God’s Angel returned home.

    Diane Stansberry | July 25, 2023 at 11:47 AM
  4. “Reds” is remembered from high school days as a great basketball player and a kind soul with a genuinely good heart and sincere smile. My sympathy to his family.
    Judy Lowstuter

    Judy lowstuter | July 21, 2023 at 11:02 AM
  5. Love you guys, prayers from us.

    Russell Mackie | July 19, 2023 at 10:48 AM
  6. Sorry for your loss

    Gary Bonasll | July 19, 2023 at 8:20 AM
  7. Reds was one heck of a guy! He was an umpire in KAU Little League when I was managing a team. He had a unique way of calling balls and strikes and the kids would try to emulate him! He loved the kids. His daughter was on one of my teams so he helped out during practices. I’m sure he will be missed by many.

    George Plumley | July 19, 2023 at 12:26 AM
  8. I knew Dave during his years at the Courthouse. He was always helpful and friendly.
    Nathan Schenker

    Nathan Schenker | July 18, 2023 at 5:37 PM
  9. So very sorry to hear of “Reds” passing. I always remember him playing in the basketball games and he always spoke and had time to talk whenever he would see you. I know he’s no longer in pain and with Nancy. May he Rest in Peace.

    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | July 18, 2023 at 12:53 PM
  10. I can still see that wonderful smile to this day, way back to high school! Reds was a kind person and I send my sympathy to his family and friends.

    Betsy Ott Fritch, Class of ‘63 | July 18, 2023 at 11:30 AM
  11. So sorry for the loss of your dad. Such a wonderful guy. Had many a good time with him and your mom.

    Elaine Fiore | July 18, 2023 at 9:38 AM
  12. Reds and I were classmates at Kennett grade and HS. We played a lot of sports together and due to his size he was a feared and respected competitor. But in reality Reds was a gentle giant who got along with everybody and was a good friend to everyone he met. He surely will be missed by friends and family.
    Dick (Punky) Miller, President, Class of 63

    Dick Miller | July 18, 2023 at 1:02 AM
  13. I remember Reds as a kind, tall classmate who was open and welcoming. Mr. Kendrick ??? recruited us both for basketball and Reds answered the call !

    Paul Brouha | July 17, 2023 at 9:18 PM
  14. So sorry that our KHS Class of 63 has lost our classmate Reds. I can still see him on the basketball court fighting for the ball. He always had a smile on his face.
    Dave always supported our reunions and classmate dinners. We will miss him!
    Sincere sympathy to Megan, Tanna, David, Megan, and Franklin.

    Norma Cole | July 17, 2023 at 6:31 PM
  15. Sorry for your loss. May God bless this family at this time.

    Curtis from Juniper Hill Apt.

    Curtis Anderson | July 17, 2023 at 6:20 PM
  16. I will always remember the good times we had playing cards on Saturday nights with Nancy & Dave. The men would almost always win. My thoughts and prayers go with Megan & Tanna, because he was a great father and grandfather and a true friend.

    You friend always.

    ARLENE SCHOCK | July 17, 2023 at 12:03 PM
  17. Reds was loved by anyone who ever had the good fortune to meet him.
    The class of “63” was so much better with his presence. I had tremendous pride in knowing him,
    playing every sport with him and being a close friend and neighbor on South Broad Street. I know he
    not in pain anymore. Rest in peace brother!!

    Joe Donohoe

    joe donohoe | July 17, 2023 at 11:15 AM

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