Robert M. Meckwood of Scranton died Friday after an illness. His wife is the former Philomena (Dolly) Muracco. They would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary Oct. 20.
Born in Scranton, son of William Meckwood and Ann Andrules, Bob was a 1956 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and a 1960 graduate of the University of Scranton, where he excelled in academics and athletics. In his junior year, he was the recipient of the Les Dickman Award as the University of Scranton's Most Outstanding Player, and led the nation in strikeouts as a pitcher. Upon graduation, he signed with the San Francisco Giants.
He was a Spanish and Latin teacher at Riverside High School for 28 years. He coached Cathedral High School to the 1968 Pennsylvania PCIAA state basketball championship and Riverside High School to four Lackawanna League championships. He was inducted into the University of Scranton's Wall of Fame in 1981. Bob was also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for the excellent care they had provided him for the past year and a half and the nursing staff at Regional Hospital of Scranton for the wonderful care he received the week before his death.
Surviving are three daughters, Lisa Meckwood Gilroy, Shelly Meckwood-Frendick and husband, Jay, Scranton; and Kimberly Meckwood, Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Matthew Meckwood, Kelsey and Robert Gilroy and Jack Fendrick; nieces, Deborah Smith, Ellen Jennings, Diane Prislupsky and Donna Krupski; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Gertrude Meckwood; and brothers, Bernard Meckwood and the Rev. Leonard Meckwood.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. Interment with military honors, in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Visit www.sol fanellifiorillofuneralhome.com
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