The Rev. John Charles Talbot, 84, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Nokomis, Fla., and Summit, N.J., passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. He was born March 28, 1929.
John and his wife, Carol, moved to Bay Village, Sarasota, Fla., in 2008 after spending 15 years in Nokomis, Fla., and 25 years in Summit, N.J. John received his B.A. from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.
Six years after John founded North Riverside Community Presbyterian Church, North Riverside, Ill., John began Presbyterian Church of Palatine, Palatine, Ill.m which grew to a congregation of approximately 1,000 by 1968.
In 1968, John studied organizational behavior at UCLA, which changed the course of his career from pastor of a congregation to ecumenical industrial missioner working for the Metropolitan Corporation Mission, which focused on helping industry become more conscious of human needs. This launched John into 30 years of industrial mission work and consulting to organizations undergoing major transitions.
John’s 30-year mission work includes the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church in America, two conferences of the Methodist Church, the American Baptist Convention, the Reformed Church in America, the Church of the Brethren, the Mennonite Church and the Dominicans (an order of the Catholic Church), as well as five seminaries, 20-plus presbyteries, 70-plus congregations and the General Council of the Presbyterian Church.
John’s 30-year mission work in the public sector includes 14 years with the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps as well as work with the New Jersey GSA, New Jersey School Administrators Association and the county of Union. His organizational consulting in the private sector includes 20-plus Fortune 500 clients, including PepsiCo, Exxon, Volvo, Shasta, Wells Fargo, Bristol Myers and A.C. Nielsen.
John served as adjunct faculty with the Center for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary for 30 years. He also served on several boards: Chicago Presbytery (six years), Synod of Northeast (six years), Elizabeth Presbytery (three years), Northwest Mental Health Association (three years) and the Presbyterian retirement home, Bay Village of Sarasota (11 years).
John was a strong leader with a compassionate and kind heart who touched many people’s lives. He had an innocent, curious, childlike quality coupled with a capacity for unbounded joy. He loved being on the water in any boat and enjoyed building things or completing projects around the house and yard. He was a loving and caring husband and father.
John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol, of Sarasota; son John (Lori) of Danville, Calif.; daughter Pavani (Dino) Vergnani of Corona, Calif; daughter Heather (George) Brewster; and grandchildren Taylor, Haley, David and Sydney.
Services: Two memorial services will be held — Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Bay Village Auditorium, and Friday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Venice Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to either Bay Village, 8400 Vamo Road, Sarasota FL 34231; or Venice Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Firenze Ave., Venice FL 34285.