Jay Saunders

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Jay Saunders, 47, of Scranton, passed away on November 12, 2012, after a two-year amazing and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the Hospice of Community Care, where he was surrounded in love by his family. His loving and devoted wife and caretaker is Tammy Wilkes Saunders. Although the couple celebrated their 13-year wedding anniversary on October 8, they have been a part of each other's lives for 26 years.

Jay was adored and loved by so many. Jay lived life passionately and with love. He had a great love of sports, golf and politics. Jay was loved for his sense of humor, his compassion and kindness, and prolific story-telling. He was full of life and charm and always left you smiling. Jay was a gift given to each and every one of us — he was a true blessing. He had a genuine, deep love for friends and family, especially his children and wife. His death will leave a void in our hearts, but his spirit has left a lasting imprint on our souls.

Born in Scranton, on August 16, 1965, he was the son of John (Jack) and Carol (Palevich) Saunders. Jay was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Mansfield University, where he received a degree in criminal justice. Jay spent part of his career at the Lackawanna County Prison as a sergeant and training coordinator. Later, in a position he immensely enjoyed, he served as the City Clerk for the City of Scranton. Most recently, he served as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals, a job he excelled at, winning numerous awards for his excellence in sales.

The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Jay. He received excellent medical care and treatment both locally and out of state. The family would like to thank all the staff at Traditional Home Health and Hospice and Hospice Community Care. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Lisa Thomas, Linda Ferrari, R.N., and Kelly Langan, R.N., for their unending compassion and loving care and support not only to Jay but to his wife as well. The family would also like to thank Dr. Oliver Morgan and Sister Ann Perrin for their dedicated counseling and supportive services.

Also surviving are his two beloved children, Jason and Sienna; a brother, Christian and wife, Stefanie; a sister, Jacque; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sheila and Pete Wilkes; sisters-in-law and husbands, Dr. Shelly Wilkes-Carilli and Dr. Vincent Carilli, and Chantal (Wilkes) Vietmeier and Sean Vietmeier; nieces and nephew.

The funeral will be conducted Friday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. Everyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to church. Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in memory of Jay at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Please visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhome.com for information directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 14, 2012
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