George Joseph Brocavitch

George Joseph Brocavitch, 91, of Scranton, died Sunday at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, on Jan. 23, 2012.

Born in Clarks Summit, son of the late Joseph and Anna Andrulavage Brocavitch, he was educated in Clarks Summit schools and attended St. Peter's Cathedral. George was a decorated veteran of World War II. He served in the Army from July 1942 to December 1945. George and Gladys were the successful owners and operators of George's Lunch, a popular restaurant in Scranton's South Side. George and his wife worked side by side for more than 50 years. George was an avid golfer and served on the Scranton Municipal Golf Commission and was a member of Elmhurst Country Club, where he won numerous golf tournaments. He also enjoyed bowling and fishing with his children and grandchildren.

Also surviving are two daughters, Denise Lynott and husband, Francis, Clarks Summit; and Sharon Gattens and husband, Tom, Scranton; grandchildren, Jeffrey Gattens and wife, Shannon, and their three children, Caleb, Noah and Eliza, West Orange, N.J.; Brian Lynott and wife, Maggie, and sons, Patrick, Brendan and Jonas, Clarks Summit; Todd Gattens and wife, Ellen, Raleigh, N.C., and their children, Ireland, Cashel, Emerson and Cian; Kelly Sandone and husband, Patrick, Waverly, and their two sons, Maximus and Marek; a nephew, Edward Campbell and his wife, Cleo and daughter, Lindsey, Binghamton, N.Y.; a sister, Johanna Petranchak; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

For the past year, George was a resident of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. The third floor became his home, and the caregivers and patients became his extended family. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more caring, and their kindness will always be a comfort to his family. A special thank you to them and also Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18503. Per the request of the deceased, private services were held at the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 16, 2013