Robert W. Davis, North Scranton, died Monday April 1, 2013 at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center following an illness. His wife, the former Sabina Noone, died July 30, 1993. The couple was married for over 51 years.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Gaffney Davis; a graduate of Scranton Central High School, prior to his retirement he was the Wire Editor and Boxing Columnist at the Scranton Times for over 38 years.
He was an avid sports fan; he enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees, loved to dance and attending all sports activities involving his grandchildren; he was a regular at Neen's and Dougherty's restaurants, where politics would often be discussed. His artistic way of dressing caught the eye of many; he was loved and will be missed by all that knew him.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at VNA Hospice for the wonderful care and great concern.
Surviving are six grandchildren, Kevin and wife, Christina; Kelly Britt; Donald and wife, Jennifer; Brian and wife, Mary Ann; Christopher; Stacy Bell and husband, Jamie, all of Scranton; twelve great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kevin, Corey, Colin, Courtlind, Carlon, Finn, Jayden, Rhylee, Mark, Jocelyn and Jeremy; two nephews, Marshall Davis, Harrisburg; and Ronald Davis, Fort Myers, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald; a sister, Mary Davis; two brothers, Gerald and Ronald Davis.
The funeral will be conducted on Friday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 North Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447; or Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St., Scranton, PA 18508.
Please visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to send an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 3, 2013