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John S. Estey

April 11, 1926 — July 7, 2015

John Sherman Estey, age 89, of Eagles Mere, PA and Vero Beach, FL passed away on Tuesday, July 07, 2015 at his home in Eagles Mere with his spouse Alix at his side. John was born in New York City, on April 11, 1926, the son of the late Laurence Wilkie Estey and Caroline Grabill Eshleman Estey. He graduated from Friends Seminary School in New York City, a member of the class of 1943. He entered Haverford College in Haverford, PA and joined the U.S. Navy. He participated in a Navy Officer Training Program that sent him to Swarthmore College and then to Harvard University. He graduated from Haverford College in 1947 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1950. John practiced corporate and bankruptcy law for over three decades at the Philadelphia law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP. He retired as Managing Partner of the firm in 1996. During his career he held numerous committee positions with the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. John married the former Margaret Harper Glenn who predeceased him in 1984. He married the former Alexandra Montgomery Dial in 1986. John spent 50 summers with his family in Eagles Mere. An avid golfer and accomplished bridge player, he was a member and past President of the Eagles Mere Country Club and the Dushore Lions Club. Surviving Spouse: Alix Eagles Mere, PA Daughter: Caroline “CeCe” and Adrian R. King, Jr. Chestnut Hill, PA Two sons: John Harper and Amy F. Estey Ardmore, PA Martin G. Estey Windsor, CT Seven grandchildren: Anne F. Estey Ezra E. Estey Harper G. Estey Sarah W. Estey Margaret E. King Sophie C. Purinton-Estey Leslie G. King Step-son: N. Minter and Yendi Dial London, England Step-daughter: Elisabeth D. & Shamus Carr Baltimore, MD Friends and family are invited to a celebration of John’s life on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:00-4:30 p.m. at the family cottage Shady Lawn, 18 Prospect Avenue, Eagles Mere, PA The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the Eagles Mere Conservancy, PO Box 64, Eagles Mere, PA 17731 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John S. Estey, please visit our flower store.


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