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John J. Gannon

May 30, 1922 ~ December 7, 2021 (age 99)

Obituary

John Joseph (Jack) Gannon Sr., 99, of Moosic, died at Regional Hospital of Scrantn in the company of loved ones Dec. 7, 2021, after a brief illness.

Born May 30, 1922, in Clarks Summit, to John and Elsie Wega Gannon.

Like so many of his generation, John was forced to cut his formal education short by the Great Depression at the age of 12 in order to seek employment and assist his family financially. However, possessing a keen intellect, sharp wit and amazing memory, John never ceased his pursuit and love of learning new things and exposing himself to a wide variety of interests over the course of his life ranging from historical events to opera.

Again, like so many men of his generation, late 1941 would see John answer the call of his nation when he was drafted into military service by the United States Army. After training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, John shipped out in December of 1942, and served his nation with honor and distinction in a variety of roles ranging from orderly and surgical attendant to driver for his company commander as a member of the 3rd Auxiliary Surgical Group - a first example of an in-the-field surgical unit that would later become the famed M*A*S*H units of the Korean War.

Within a day of mustering out in December 1945 and returning to his family now living in Pittston, John sought out the girl he'd left behind, Helen Choma of Moosic. Some three years later, in October of 1948, they would exchange wedding vows. Moving to Northeast New Jersey, John would find employment with what would eventually become Owen-Illinois Container Division. Here he would rise through the ranks from factory floor to the front office. John remained with Owens-Illinois until his permanent retirement in 1982. During these years, John and Helen would also have and raise three children, eventually purchasing a home in Clifton, N.J., where they would remain together until Helen's passing in 2000. While in New Jersey, John and Helen were members at St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Parish in Passaic, N.J. for some 40 years, where John was an active member of the Holy Name Society and served as church trustee for nearly 15 of those years.

A tireless man, skilled in a variety of trades such as automotive repair, masonry, electrical and plumbing, John was always willing to give his time to help others when called upon. While a voracious reader, and someone who dabbled in home photography, it can truly be said that above all else, gladly and willingly giving to others of his time, his knowledge and his skill, was his favorite hobby, and he always found himself in great demand well into his 90s.

Moving back to his birthplace of Northeast Pennsylvania after his wife's passing, John occupied his time reading, chatting with friends new and old or his children, and making himself available to those in need. He also took to traveling and taking cruises with various friends and making trips to see his children and grandchildren in Florida and California. He was a devoted and faithful parishioner of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge.

Surviving are his three children and their families: his daughter, Bernadette (Gannon) Shelley, granddaughter, Lisa Gannon, and great-grandson, Trey, all of Paradise, Calif.; his son, John Gannon Jr., wife, Ana (Duque) Gannon and grandson, John, of Florida; son, Andrew, his fiancé Roya Namin, granddaughter, Leah Gannon and great-grandson, Aemon Orion, all of Fair Oaks, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Krutzman; two half brothers, James and Dr. Nicolas Ruggiero; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law.

Family and friends are invited to attend John's funeral, which will begin Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, by the Rev. Eduard Shestak, pastor. Interment with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m., at the funeral home. Parastas services will be at 4:15 p.m.

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Services

Family Viewing
Sunday
December 12, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Semian Funeral Home
704 Union Street
Taylor, PA 18517

Parastas
Sunday
December 12, 2021

4:15 PM
Semian Funeral Home
704 Union Street
Taylor, PA 18517

Divine Liturgy
Monday
December 13, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church
140 Church Street
Old Forge, PA 18518

Graveside Service
Monday
December 13, 2021

11:15 AM
St. Nicholas Byzantine Cemetery
140 Church Street
Old Forge, PA 18518

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