David L. Stroud Sr., 69, of Harding Street, Dupont, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at the Hospice Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre after a long and courageous battle with sarcoma cancer.
David was born in Kingston to the late Raymond and Marion Sterns Stroud on Oct. 21, 1943.
He was married to Ann Marie Cumbo Stroud. He attended Dallas schools and graduated from Westmoreland High School, Class of 1961. He then became a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
David was blessed with a beautiful family. He had two sons, Christopher Stroud and wife, Christine, Swoyersville; and David Stroud and wife, Jennifer, Bear Creek. He also had three stepchildren, Thomas Orzello and wife, Joan, Scranton; Dawn McDavitt and husband, Dwayne, Larksville; and Toni Kenney and husband, Joe, Jessup. He also had 11 beautiful grandchildren whom he loved and adored so much.
David's family also included four siblings, sister, Virginia (Ginny) Tompkins and husband, Wayne, Horseheads, N.Y.; and brothers, Ray Stroud and companion, Ellie Banford, Tequesta, Fla.; Donald Stroud and companion, Barbara Kruk, Somerfield, Fla.; and Gary Stroud and wife, Cheryl, Harrisburg.
David had a long career in the retail business, beginning with managing McCrory's Store in Shavertown to W.T. Grant Store in Lebanon. He then managed the family-owned store, Stroud's Distribution, until its closing in 1996.
He then followed a path in communications, working for many television and radio stations, the last of which was Shamrock Communications, Scranton. He loved all of the people at Rock 107, but he especially loved being the host of the VIP section at the Rock 107 Birthday Bash at the Woodlands Inn.
David was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a New York Yankees fan. He was also a great fan of his three beloved cats, who will miss him terribly. David participated in many marathons and was most proud of his accomplishment of completing the New York City Marathon.
David was an active member of the Forty Fort Lions Club, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and was an active member of Forty Fort Methodist Church.
This has been quite a journey for David, because along the way he was able to leave an impression on so many people. An impression of love, courage and the ability to make light of a tough situation. David's family would like to thank everyone who helped him.
Memorial contributions may be made in David's name to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Attention: Development Office, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.
A viewing will be held at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be at Forty Fort United Methodist Church, Wyoming and Yeager avenues, Forty Fort, at 1 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Dr. Philip T. Wanck officiating. The interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kingston Township.