Thomas R. Melvin

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CLARKS SUMMIT — Thomas R. Melvin, of Clarks Summit, died unexpectedly on Friday morning, July 11, 2014, at Commonwealth Hospice, Scranton. He was preceeded in death by his beloved wife, Anne Tolan Melvin, who passed on April 19, 1990.

Tom was born in the "Marvine" on Feb. 2, 1932, a date which hr would jokingly refer to as the "World's First Groundhog Day." Tom was a son of the late Joseph J. Sr. and Margaret Cavanaugh Melvin, and was the second oldest of four brothers.

When Tom was eight years of age, his dad died, leaving a mother with four young boys. His mother enrolled Tom and his two younger brothers in Stephen Girard College in Philadelphia. Regrettably, his older brother did not meet the age requirement for all four brothers to attend together. Tom graduated from Stephen Girard College in January of 1949. Coincidently, the first school all four boys had attended in Scranton was No. 26 Stephen Girard, on Hollister Avenue. Tom felt that being given the opportunity to attend Stephen Girard College in Philadelphia was "the best thing that ever happened to me, along with the birth of our five children."

Tom's first job was carrying milk from a horse-drawn carriage to the porches of customers. He had many jobs following this, from a huckster, selling produce door-to-door, a bundle boy at a snowsuit factory, a mailman, a bookkeeper and a salesman at Kelleher Pontiac. Tom then became an owner-partner of Catalina Motors, Boulevard Avenue. His final employment was DeFazio Express, Moosic, where he initially began as an office manager, then became secretary treasurer, followed by executive vice president and ultimately president.

During his employment at DeFazio Express, Tom had the honor of receiving a personal invitation from President Ronald Regan and met with him at the White House, along with a small group of other trucking executives, to discuss various issues regarding the trucking industry.

Tom was fortunate enough to retire early and enjoyed his winters in Hawaii Kai, Oahu. He looked forward to each winter and having his family visit him for their annual winter vacation. Tom was an avid golfer, who enjoyed playing golf with his family and golfed at some of the most beautiful courses throughout the Hawaiian islands and many courses in other states, most of them in Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed playing basketball at Weston Field and, at one time, was a member of the Senior Olympics Basketball Team, the Pennsylvania Coal Crackers.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph; his oldest son, Mark Patrick; and by three grandchildren, Abigail Adcroft, Baby Cherundolo and Phillip Cherundolo.

A member of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Tom is survived by four children and their spouses, his son,Thomas Timothy and his wife, Pam, Virginia, his daughter, Diane Cherundolo and her husband, David, Old Forge, his daughter, Sharon Deininger and her husband, Jerry, Waverly, his daughter, Marjorie Adcroft and her husband, Joe, Clarks Summit; and four grandchildren, Mark T. Melvin, Montana, Kaitlin Cherundolo-Valliere and her husband, Paul, Royersford, Anne Cherundolo and Sarah Cherundolo, Old Forge. He is also survived by his brothers, Donald, Scranton, Robert and his wife, Mary Ann, Paoli; his sister-in-law, Mary Meyl and her husband, Jim, Clarks Summit; brother-in-law, Thomas P. Tolan and his wife, Mary Anne, Scranton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Tom's request, private funeral arrangements were conducted at the convenience of the family by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, Clarks Summit. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of the Snows, concelebrated by Father Jeff Tudgay, Monsignor James McGarry and Father John Lapera. Pallbearers were Jerry Melvin, Danny Melvin, Bobby Melvin, Thomas Tolan, Timothy Tolan, Teddy Tolan, Vincent Arcieri, Sam Arcieri and honorary pallbearer, Terry Melvin. Entombment was in Cathedral Cemetery. Following the services, a family luncheon was held at the Tripp House, the home where Tom and Anne lived after being married. Three of their five children were born while living there. Tom's mother had also lived at the Tripp House.

Tom's favorite quote is from Stephen Girard, "My deeds must be my life. When I am dead, my actions will speak for me."

Anyone wishing to make donations in Tom's memory are asked to do so to their favorite charity. Acknowledgment of the donation should be mailed to Deininger, P.O. Box 511, Waverly, PA 18471.

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Published in The Abington Journal from July 23 to July 24, 2014
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