Thomas Jeff Kanton, 64, of Scranton, died Thursday evening at the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. His wife of 41 years is Patricia Burke Kanton.
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Born July 4, 1946, in Scranton, son of the late John and Dorothy Tomasaitis Kanton, he served with the Army and Pennsylvania National Guard from 1967 through 1972. He was educated in the Scranton School District and received his G.E.D. from the Army. Tom received a degree in air conditioning and refrigeration from Lackwanna County Vocational and Technical School. Before his illness, he was employed by Preferred Meal Systems, Moosic. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral. Tom liked to keep up on the news and especially enjoyed politics. He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing, and liked to frequent the Circle Flea Market with his friends. The family thanks the D Wing staff of the Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center for the care and kindness shown to Tom.
Also surviving are a daughter, Amanda R. Evans and husband, Jonathan, Old Forge; a son, Thomas J. Kanton and wife, Meredith, Scranton; two granddaughters, Adelaide Jeff and Odessa Lynn Snow; two sisters, Lorraine Borgia and husband, Tony, Factoryville; and Mary Kanton, Scranton; four brothers, Gerald Kanton and companion, Karen, Lake Carey; Robert Kanton and wife, Johanna, Throop; James Kanton and wife, Sharon, Dickson City; and William Kanton and wife, Ellen, Nicholson; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John J. and Francis Kanton.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Leon S. Gorgol Funeral Home, 1131 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with Mass at 10 in St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral, Scranton. Interment, parish cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the
, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 8, 2011