Francis P. Karam, 85, died at home, surrounded by his family, on Christmas Day. His wife of 58 years is the former Alice Cotter.
Son of the late Soloman and Hesna Karam, he was a member of Saint Ann's Maronite Church, Scranton, and was a daily communicant for more than 50 years at Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. He was a graduate of Saint Paul's High School, Scranton, and the University of Scranton, class of 1961. He was an Army
veteran with a commendation for exemplary conduct.
Following his service in the Army, Frank served as a Scranton city police officer
for 44 years. He rose through every rank, from patrolman to the superintendant of police. He was the first Scranton policeman to receive a college bachelor's degree. His continuing education in law enforcement also included extensive training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. His many honors and commendations included receiving the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign War, the Citizen of the Year from the Scranton Elks Lodge
, the Champion of Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Gov. Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service from Neighborhood Housing Services. A Knight of Columbus of the Fourth Degree, he served on numerous law enforcement, civic and charitable boards.
Frank was a kind and gentle man who respected all those he met. His life was centered on faith, family and friends. His passing on Christmas was truly fitting given his great faith.
He is also survived by his three sons, attorney Francis P. Karam, and wife, Lisa, New York City; Thomas Karam and wife, Flora, Waverly; and attorney Gerard Karam and wife, Dawn, Dickson City; eight beloved grandchildren, Nikolas, Benjamin, Sophia, Elizabeth, Thomas, Camille, Francis and Alexander Karam; eight brothers and sisters, Sally Yovish, and husband, Robert, Dunmore; William Karam and wife, Marie, Waverly; Joseph A. Karam, Scranton; Theresa Zuerblis and husband, William, Clarks Summit, Mary Ann Horutz and husband, Robert, Clarks Summit; Marlene Karam, Scranton; Albert Karam and wife, Marie, Chapman Lake; Evelyn Karam, Scranton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Karam.
His family would like to express its gratitude to Dr. Arthur Jordan, a kindred spirit, for providing daily communion and spiritual companionship during Frank's illness. They also thank Dr. Anees Fogley for his years of compassionate care and friendship.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 8:30 a.m. from the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Interment with full military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Scranton.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday between 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank's name to either the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 609 Ash St., Scranton, 18510, or to Saint Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.
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