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Jack T. Harte

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Jack T. Harte, 67, of Clarks Summit, died Friday in the VNA Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Diane Oxley Harte; they had been together for 33 years.

He was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Scranton, son of the late Charles "Chick" and Lillian Brombacker Harte. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, Keystone Junior College and the University of Scranton and took master's classes at Penn State University. He was employed by the Scranton School District for 30 years, where he taught government and history and coached basketball and golf. Upon retiring from teaching, he became an admissions counselor for Marworth Treatment Facility, Waverly. He was at Marworth for 17 years and was loved there, just like he was loved by his students. He was known as the "Mayor of Marworth." He spent four years on Scranton City Council; he loved politics just as much as his father had. While on city council, he was instrumental in closing Linden Street to make a more campus-like setting for the University of Scranton. For 20 years, he was everyone's favorite waiter at the Ryah House in Clarks Summit. He attended Faith Community and Parker Hill Community churches. He was a faithful friend of Bill Wilson's, loved golf, was an avid reader and was a die-hard New York Yankees fan. He loved Cape Cod, Culver Lake and the beach; he put ketchup on everything and used sugar in everything he could. His boyhood idols were Mickey Mantle and Jack Nicklaus. But above all else, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, grandfather and a true friend. He was charismatic, compassionate, sensitive, honest, generous, humorous, a teacher of life, empathetic and everything came directly from his heart. He loved spending time just being with his family and his two beloved dogs, Penny Lane and Harley.

Also surviving are a daughter, Traci Kate, Clarks Summit; two sons, David and wife, Kathy, Scranton; and Christopher, Dunmore; a brother, Charles and wife, Cheri, Boalsburg; a sister, Margaret, Scranton; two grandchildren of whom he was very proud, Alison and Matthew Harte; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Parker Hill Community Church, 607 N. Abington Road, Clarks Summit. Interment will be in Evergreen Woodlawn Cemetery, Factoryville.

Friends may call today, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Anthony P. Litwin Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds St., Factoryville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marworth Scholarship Fund, c/o Marworth Treatment Center, P.O. Box 36, Waverly, PA 18471. Directions or condolences: aplit winfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times from June 11 to June 12, 2011
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