Jack McFadden

Updated: Sep 15

Jack was born born on June 14, 1948 in West Chester, PA, He was the son of the late Michael McFadden and the late Pauline Meters McFadden. He graduated from Bishop Shanahan High School and went on to study Industrial Arts at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. In 1974 he married Yvonne Przemyski, who spent 34 years as a French teacher in the Downingtown School District.


Jack began his restaurant career at the Marshalton Inn. In time, Jack became partners with the owner George Mershon. Together, they transformed the Inn’s stable into a second restaurant, The Oyster Bar (today known as the Four Dogs Tavern).


His love for open space and the scenic Brandywine Valley prompted him to come up with the novel idea of a pedal-paddle-pace race, the Marshallton Triathlon, in 1973, to bring attention to the beauty of the Brandywine. It is now an annual event in Chester County that benefits the volunteer West Bradford Fire Company and the Marshallton Conservation Trust. Jack McFadden was a one-of-a-kind original. Always the life of the party.

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