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ASD’s Favorite Pastime Series: Scanlin Funeral Home

May 01, 2014

Name: Jim Scanlin
Funeral Home Name: Scanlin Funeral Home
Location: Chalfont, PA
Photo Description: Funeral Director, Jim Scanlin, plucking the strings of his 1928 Paramount 4-string Resonator Banjo.
ASD Cliient Since 2007
Favorite Pastime: For the past 31 years, Jim has performed Irish ballads with his friend and musical partner, Jerry O’Leary. The duo, known as Scanlin and O’Leary, have three albums to their credit. Scanlin & O’Leary cover mainly Irish music together but they also enjoy performing Dixieland Jazz and American Folk ballads of the 1960s. Last Summer, Jim and Jerry performed on stage with the Kingston Trio at a music festival in Scottsdale, AZ. Jim is looking forward to going back again this Summer.

Jim began playing the Banjo in college after hearing a performance on TV: “The initial interest was back when the Glen Campbell show used to be on. There was a Banjo player named John Hartford who wrote the song, “Gentle On My Mind.’” Jim says. “That song really inspired me to play banjo.

Thank you Jim for allowing us to share your pastime this month!

Click here to see last month’s Favorite Pastime Spotlight.

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Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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