Robert D. Spagna Jr.

Robert D. Spagna Jr., 65, died this past Saturday in Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pittsburgh after a long and courageous battle with a number of illnesses. He passed peacefully with his family at his bedside and has surely gone to a better place.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Anne Lewis Spagna and Robert D. Spagna Sr., he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, Bucknell University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, he was employed by Gulf Oil in Houston, Texas, and was later transferred to London, England, where he served as a Chief Financial Consultant for several years. Unfortunately, illness started setting in and he was forced to retire, which led to his return to the states and a home in McMurray, Pa.

He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle, who will be dearly missed by both his family and friends. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers and was fortunate to have a chance to share in the happiness that was derived from the success of each team, including multiple championships. He was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and a generous participant in alumni drives and activities of both universities he attended. Knowing he was soon to face the inevitable, he spent the last month of his life attending to all financial matters that would allow his family to be well taken care of, as they were always his first and foremost concern.

He is survived by his best friend and former wife, Helen Spagna, and two loving children, his daughter, Lauren, and his son, Christopher; his phenomenal father, Bob Sr.; his brother, Jeff and his wife, Marlene; his nephew, Jeffrey Jr.; and his niece, Kaitlin.

His entire family would like to thank the Intensive Care Unit staff at Jefferson Regional Medical Center for their compassionate and professional care during the last five days of his life, as well as his great friends of more than 20 years at Rose's, especially Sharon and Dale, who provided a second family when it was most needed.

Bob donated his body to medical science with the sincere hope that discoveries made might help prevent similar diseases to others in the future. He never stopped giving until the very last minute and now leaves his legacy as a humanitarian who continues to strive to help others, even after his passing.

There will be no funeral services.

Memorial donations may be made to Bucknell University and the .

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 12, 2013