Jones “Jay” Harold Talbot III

Jay Talbot, age 67, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on October 11, 2015 after a valiant 13-year battle with cancer.

He was the loving husband of 34 years of Rachel Edelman of Magnolia, MA, devoted father of Jesse E. Talbot of Alston, MA and son of the late J. Harold Talbot Jr. and Drusilla C. Talbot of Springfield, MA. Jay was predeceased by his beloved brothers, Roland “Rocky” Talbot of Honolulu, HI and Philip “Phil” Talbot of Springfield, MA and is survived by his sisters Sarah “Sally” and husband Bob Simone of DeWitt, MI; Edith “Edy” and husband Stephen Burek of Belchertown, MA; brothers Henry “Hank” and his wife, Noreen Talbot of E. Longfellow, MA and Richard “Rich” and his wife Barbara of Longmeadow, MA; sisters-in- law Erica Edelman of Hillsborough, NC and Meg Edelman and husband Scootor Griffin of Kitchener Ontario, Canada. Jay also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand nephews and grand nieces.

Jay was so loved by family and friends. His gentleness of spirit and sense of humor were unsurpassed. His presence will be so greatly missed.

Jay had many loves and interests, his first being that of family. He so enjoyed being a part of every family event and social gathering he could possibly attend. His other passions included eating, reading, eating, music, eating, dogs, eating, the ocean, eating, running, eating, fishing, boating, and eating.

For many years, Jay owned his own successful business as a Technical Writer/Consultant primarily in the Boston area.

A celebratory Memorial Gathering will be held at the Magnolia Library on Saturday October 17 at 1 pm. The family will also be holding a private service at the Gates of Heaven Mausoleum in Springfield, MA where Jay will be interred next to his brother, Rocky.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to MSPCA at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston and/or the Wounded Warrior Project.


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  1. Melody Henderson on October 13, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    So very, very saddened to read the obituary this morning. A true loss to the world. A gentle soul who seemed to quietly enjoy his life and make the best of whatever hardships life brought to him. I never encountered him about town, or while picking up my dog that he wasn’t willing to have a pleasant encounter with friendly words and a smile. My dog adored him. Such a kind, stable, thoughtful and reliable person. He will be painfully missed , and remembered with great admiration. Rest in peace dear Jay.

  2. Phil Contant on October 14, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    To all of Jay’s immediate and extended family—please accept my deepest sympathies to all of you. Jay and I were classmates from kindergarten through our graduation from Classical High School in Springfield. I always remember Jay as a wonderfully warm and thoughtful human being. I will not be able to attend the memorial gathering, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Phil Contant, Springfield

  3. ENGLISH MOUNTAIN RECOVERY on October 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    We are ALL so sorry for your loss. Jay certainly sounds like a wonderful brother. Even tho we never knew him we all know Hank and how devoted he is to his family.
    You and your family are in our prayers at this difficult time.
    Hugs to all. Nancy, Dick, David C. Jim, and everyone on the Mountain.

  4. Bobbi Bulriss and Charlie Lipson on October 16, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Dear Rachel and Jesse,

    Our hearts go out to you with the loss of Jay. We feel such sadness and know that you are profoundly sad, but we hope that you will soon find a sense of peace with his passing. Jay emanated kindness and gentleness. We will always remember him that way and hope that is comforting to you.

    Much love to you both,
    Bobbi and Charlie

  5. Dick Seppala on October 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    To Jay’s family – I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay. I have great memories of Jay throughout high school. Jay was intelligent, honest, funny and a loyal friend. I know that he will be missed by all of his friends and family. Jay and his family will be in my prayers.
    Dick Seppala
    Herndon, VA

  6. Susan Wadia-Ells on October 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Rachel….OH… I am so so sad. I am so so sorry… what an amazing journey the two of you took… with such joy, hope, perseverance and dedication to each other, to Jesse and to yourselves. …. and to the dogs.

    He was a stunning human being.. as you are and will continue to be.
    Our love to you and Jesse in this very moment.

    Anil & I are returning to the North Shore from Key West in the next two weeks. We will stop by.

    Anil loved loved loved the privilege and the peacefulness of working with Jay.

    He will be so dearly missed.

    I love you so much.

  7. Bob Begg on October 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm


    I was talking to a friend about Jay last night and lamenting our distance – they googled him for me and found this. My deepest sympathy to you and Jesse. Jones was one of the sweetest and most genuine people I ever met. I loved him dearly. My world is diminished knowing he is no longer there. He was unique, anyone who knew him shares your pain.

  8. David Lodge on November 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Dear Rachel,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Jay was such a great guy! Our heart felt prayers and love go out to you!!!
    Dave and Hazel

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