Harold Kaplan, of Naples, Fla., and Dalton, Pa., passed away in flight to China on Monday, April 21, 2014. Surviving him is his wife Nancy, formerly Nancy Chamoni.
Born in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Isadore and Freida Smertz Kaplan.
He graduated from Syracuse University in 1956, and had been integral to his family's meat packing business for many years, where he served as president of the Mid Valley Meat Packing Co., vice president of Northeastern Skins and Hides and vice president of I. Kaplan Inc., all based in Olyphant, Pa. At one time, he served as the president and chairman of Montage Foods, based in Scranton. For many years, he served as a director and president of the National Bank of Olyphant, which is now part of Community Banking Systems N.A., a NYSE-traded bank. He had been a board member of the Lackawanna Jewish Federation and the Collier County Florida Jewish Federation. He had been active with the United Jewish Appeal, Temple Hesed in Scranton and the Scranton Tennis Club. He was also active with the Lackawanna United Way, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, the Scranton Lodge of Elks, Kingsbury Lodge F&AM, the Keystone Consistory, the Irem Temple Shrine, the American Red Cross, the Glen Oak Country Club, the American Meat Association and the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he was a member of the Pelican Bay Country Club, R.O.M.E.O and the International Men's Club of Collier County, all based in Naples. In addition, he was active with Technion, the M.I.T. of Israel. Wherever he resided, he promoted education and goodwill through his philanthropy.
Also surviving are son, Todd and wife, Lisa, Parkland, Fla.; son, Michael and fiancée, Gretchen Adelson, New York, N.Y.; grandsons, Cory and Collin, Parkland; sister, Esther Plotner, Queens, N.Y.; brother, Saul, Scranton; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, Pa., and will be presided by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Interment, Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore. The Kaplan family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
A period of shiva will be observed Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kaplan residence, 1003 Windemere Circle, Dalton. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's
To offer an online condolence or for directions, please visit www.ScrantonJewish