Memorial Tributes

Current Memorials April 2018

We Regret to inform you of the passing of Brother David “Cheyenne” Darrah


     David R. Darrah, “Cheyenne”, age 78, a former Upper Providence and current Franklinville, N.J. resident and boilermaker, passed away on April 11, 2018 at his home.
     Born on September 25, 1939, in Springfield, Pa., Dave grew up in Leedom Estates in Ridley Park.  A longtime resident of Upper Providence, Dave spent the last 20 years in South Jersey.
     Mr. Darrah was honored to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp as a driver and rifle instructor from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1963.  Dave was an accomplished welder, working at Sun Ship and Westinghouse during the 1960’s.  In 1972, Dave became a member of the Boilermakers National Union and actively worked with Local 28 and Local 13 for nearly 50 years; his last job for the Union wrapped up the day before his passing.  In addition to welding, Mr. Darrah was a creative and hard-working man with a true entrepreneurial spirit, having started various small businesses from concrete work to auto detailing to getting a patent for his welding shield design under the business he founded, New World, Inc.
     He was a strong, capable man who enjoyed maintaining his physique and strength until his passing.  A very social man who enjoyed meeting, and talking with people, Dave was a prolific storyteller who was always willing to help when there was a need.  An active member of several Church of Christ congregations, Dave was a devoted student of the bible and had a strong faith in Jesus Christ.  He loved his wife of 40 years, JoAnn, their dogs and cats, and their three wooded acres.
     His beloved son, Steven Darrah, preceded Dave in death in 2003 and his sister, Nancy Rhodes, in 2006.
     He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Darrah (nee Harris); his daughter, Vicki Poponi of Los Angeles; his grandson, Michael Poponi of New York City; his granddaughter, Miya Kaiser of Los Angeles; and his niece, Chrissi Villa of Aston.
     There will be a private viewing on Thursday afternoon, April 19th, at the Griffith Funeral Chapel in Norwood, Pa. followed by a private burial at Philadelphia Memorial Park in Frazer, Pa.
     Condolences may be sent to griffithfuneralchapel@verizon.net