Gary J. Spoonhower, age 65, of Spring Brook Township, passed away on Sunday, April 14 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born in Lanesboro, Pa. to Mona and the late Gerald K. Spoonhower. His wife of 39 years is the former Helen Morris. He was a graduate of North Pocono High School, attended East Stroudsburg University and was a member of the National Guard. He retired from Exxon Corporation and was later employed by Petroleum Products Corporation, Venezia Trucking, and Road Scholar Transport before retiring in May 2012.
Gary lived his life with immense love for his family and friends, whom he always put before himself. He was a sensitive man, who would shed a tear every time his daughter's would leave after coming home to visit on the weekends. He never had a problem driving his girls around and picking them up from every dance class, sporting event, and sitting through countless dance recitals. He was known for his positive and carefree attitude and you could normally find him with a great smile, whistling his favorite tune around the garage. Even during his ten month illness, he managed to keep an enduring smile on his face and made a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Gary and his family cherished their summers at Lake Wallenpaupak, where he loved fishing off of his boat and spending time with his "lake friends". During the winter, he enjoyed hunting and taking ski trips with his girls. Being an avid Philadelphia sports fan, Gary never passed up an opportunity to see an Eagles or Phillies game while visiting his daughters and sons-in-laws in Philadelphia. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, especially his hunting and fishing buddies and most of all his family who meant the world to him. In the words of his son-in-law, he was a saint, a legend, and a best friend.
Gary is survived by a brother, Gerald "Sliv" Spoonhower and Tracey Whitford, of Spring Brook Twp.; three daughters, Danielle and husband, Michael Alba of Norristown, Pa.; Noel and husband, Robert Boehm, of Aldan, Pa.; Heather Spoonhower and Michael Bisignani of Hickory, N.C. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Graycen and Reagan Alba.
The Spoonhower Family would like to thank the loving staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital MICU for the amazing care they provided Gary throughout his hospitalization.
A Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Church Street, Moscow, Pa.
Friends may call on Thursday, April 18 from 4-8 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, Pa. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp. For online condolences, go to www.duffyan dsnowdon.com