It is with saddened hearts, that we share the passing of John J. Gavern, 90, of Scranton, PA. A resident of Mountain View Care Center for approximately three months, he passed on May 3rd 2020, after a brief battle with the coronavirus, COVID-19. His wife of 32 years is Gail A. Gavern.
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Born in Scranton, John was the son of the late Peter J. and Francis (Caizzo) Gavern. John was of the Roman Catholic faith, and a life long parishioner of Saint Paul of the Cross, South Scranton.
John was a veteran of the US Marines, having served from 1948-1951. AAfter his service, John was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot until retirement. He also was a self-employed barber “Johnnies Barber Shop”, for years in South Scranton. John was very loving and caring, and will surely be missed by all. One of John’s greatest joys was to walk the neighborhood daily. He would walk 26 blocks and always stopped to chat with all along the way, especially his life-long friends, Tony, Jimmy, and Billy Jordan and crew. With his loving dogs Missie and Peanuts always by his side.
John is survived by four step-children; Debbie(Mark) Alinoski, Tunkhannock, PA; Alice(Michael) Reuther, Seminole, FL; Linda(William) Walsh, Madison Township, PA; and Gail(Sean) Georgia Carlisle, PA; 9 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great grandchild; and sister-in-law Waltha Smith, Endicott, NY; several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by four brothers and spouses; Nick(Ruth); Louis(Francis); Pete(Marion); Frank(Mary); sister and spouse, Mary (Sandy) Tutino; and brother-in-law, Arthur Smith.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mountain View Care Center. We are eternally grateful for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to John during his time with them.
Due to the current health crisis, the family will have a mass/memorial at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave. Scranton.