Robert David Lorah, 62, of Plum died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, while surrounded by his family at Canterbury Place Hospice Unit, Lawrenceville. He was diagnosed with melanoma in July 2012 and received treatment at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh. He had relocated from Trucksville in June 2012.
Born Dec. 20, 1949, in Kingston, he was a son of the late James Kenneth and Arlene Glass Lorah.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Ann Nagle Lorah; sons, Robert Kenneth and wife, Nicole, Verona; Richard Patrick and wife, Emily, Penn Hills; and Jonathan David, Plum; and three grandchildren, Taylor Helene and Luke Robert Lorah, and newborn Harlyn Ann Lorah. He is also survived by a brother, James Kenneth Lorah and wife, Joyce Ann, Shavertown; and sister, June Shirley Lorah, Forty Fort; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert was a 1967 graduate of Kingston High School and an alumni of the Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing.
After joining the U.S. Air Force
, he completed additional training at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Anesthesia and enjoyed a highly successful career of 37 years in nurse anesthesia practice, both in the Wyoming Valley and recently at the UPMC East Hospital, Monroeville.
He was a life member and past president of the Columbian Volunteer Fire Department, Kingston, and an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas.
He was a devoted husband, proud father, committed family man, dear friend and compassionate health care provider. He will be remembered always for his endless sense of humor and love for jokes, uncanny ability to tell a good story, his love for the outdoors and sports, and passion for Lionel trains and Corvettes.
At his request, a memorial church service will be held in his honor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas, at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Charles H. Grube officiating. A fellowship luncheon will follow on site. Friends, family and former colleagues are welcome.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center of UPMC, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232, or St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, P.O. Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 N. Second Ave., Elizabeth, PA 15037.
Condolences may be offered at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com