Harold M. Thorpe

Harold M. Thorpe, 80, of Clarks Summit, died Friday evening surrounded by his family. His wife is the former Joan L. Robbins. The couple was blessed with 58 years of marriage.

Born February 16, 1932, in Scranton, he was the son of the late William and Mary Thorpe. He was a 1949 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Prior to retirement, Harold was an officer at the Third National Bank & Trust Company for 44 years. He was a member of the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, where he served as organist for 50 years and held many advisory positions.

Harold served in a variety of capacities with several social, service, civic and educational organizations. Harold was on the board at Moses Taylor Hospital, co-chairman of the United Way, and past recipient of the B'nai B'rith Americanism Award. He was a long-standing member of the Saint David's Society and the Hyde Park Masonic Lodge.

He was an avid gardener and musician. He sang with the Gospelaires and recently served as the organist at the Factoryville Baptist Church. Harold especially loved spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter and four sons: Wayne Thorpe and wife, Sandy of Clarks Summit; Linda Umerich and husband, Dr. Michael Umerich of Clarks Summit; Kevin Thorpe and wife, Amy of Charlotte, N.C.; Gary Thorpe and wife, Kathy of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and Scott Thorpe and wife, Kelli of Clarks Summit; 12 grandchildren, Lauren and Courtney Thorpe, Amy, Julie and Michael Umerich, Jacob and Madison Thorpe, Michelle and Taylor Thorpe, Kayla, Connor and Makenna Thorpe; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and David.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m in the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, S. Abington Twp., Pa., with the Rev. Tony Swartz, pastor, as officiating clergy. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore, Pa.

Friends may call Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m., in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, Pa., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, S. Abington Twp., PA 18411; the Scranton Area Foundation, 321 Spruce Street, Suite 608, Scranton, PA 18503; or the United Way of Lackawanna County, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. For online condolences, go to www.duffy andsnowdon.com.

Published in Scranton Times from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013