Theodore "Ted" James Summa Jr., 46, of Clarks Summit, died Tuesday evening at Regional Hospital in Scranton.
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Born in Scranton on Aug. 15, 1967, son of Barbara Schmitt Summa of Dunmore; and the late Theodore James Summa Sr., Ted was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, class of 1985. After an honorable discharge from the Army National Guard, he owned and operated several local businesses including his personal favorite, Bagel Boyz of Tunkhannock. An accomplished offensive lineman on the football field, he had played with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Eagles; the semi-pro New Jersey Panthers and for the New York Giants during the NFL players' strike.
An avid baseball fan, who cheered on the Boston Red Sox, he was also a talented artist. A former firefighter for the Tunkhannock Hose Company, he also regularly attended Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. He will be dearly missed by all of his relatives and friends who loved him so much.
He is also survived by his son, Ryan Aulisio of Tunkhannock; brother, Timothy Summa and wife, Gloria, of Clarks Summit; sisters, Lisa Woodruff and husband, Darrin, of Harding; Melissa Sherman and husband, David Jr., of Dunmore; Jennifer Hertwig and husband, Karl, of Emmaus; Kimberly Rasmus and husband, Jason, of Mountaintop; Denise Summa of Allentown; and Mary Summa and fiance, Stephen Williams of Scranton; his fiancee, Kimberly Gabriel of Clarks Summit; many nieces and nephews.
A beloved brother, John Summa, also preceded him in death.
Blessing services are scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., West Scranton. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ted's name to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington Twp., PA 18411.
Visit www.KearneyFune ralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 11, 2013