Thomas R. Gavin
MOUNTAIN TOP — Thomas R. Gavin, 64, of Mountain Top, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2016, at home following a brief illness. He is survived by his adoring wife, Freda Giberson Gavin. The couple celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on Aug. 4. Born in Scranton on Feb. 23, 1952, Tom was the son of the late Thomas A. Gavin and Gloria (McAndrew) Gavin of Scranton. He was a graduate of the former Central High School, class of 1970. He continued his educational career at Lackawanna Business College, earning his associate's degree. While at Lackawanna, he was recognized in "Who's Who in American Colleges" and distinguished himself as a basketball stand-out and became captain of the varsity basketball team. He attended Mansfield University and then returned home to attend the University of Scranton. For many years, Tom served as owner and operator of Jimmy's Place in Dunmore. He was presently employed by N.J. Transit as a conductor. A former Eagle Scout, Tom was a passionate sports fan. He was a die-hard fanatic of the New York Yankees and the N.Y. Giants, and he enjoyed playing baseball and golf throughout most of his life. His greatest love, however, was his family. A loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle, Tom leaves behind a legacy of his selfless and caring nature, always putting everyone before himself. He will be forever missed. He is also survived by his adored children, Christopher Brown, of Slocum, and Brandon and Summer Gavin, both of Mountain Top; his siblings, Mary Ann Sintich and husband, Charles Jordan, of Westfield, N.J., Michael Gavin and wife, Diane, of Taylor, Judy Prisco and husband, Dr. Sam, of Moscow, Jean Tomaine, of Dickson City, and John Gavin and wife, Anna, of Hawthorne, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death were siblings, William (Bill) Gavin and Attorney Peggy Gavin. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday in St. Ann Basilica, 1250 St. Ann St., in West Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Jack Connor, C.P., Tom's first cousin. Interment will be private. Relatives and friends may pay their respects upon the conclusion of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to the donor's favorite charity. Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Please visit the funeral home's website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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