Nicholas D. Saccone

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Dr. Nicholas D. Saccone, 91, of South Scranton, died Saturday. His wife of 46 years is the former Jeanne Ryan.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Dominic and Philomena Pinelly Saccone. A member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, he was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School in South Scranton. He completed his pre-dental studies at the University of Scranton and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1944. As a captain in the Army Dental Corps, Dr. Saccone served with the 187th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, in the European theater, for which he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque. After the war, he attended the 1946 war crimes trials in Nuremburg. After returning to Scranton, Dr. Saccone opened the private dental practice he operated for 52 years. Dr. Saccone was a member or officer of numerous professional dental organizations. He served as president of both the Lackawanna County Dental Society and the Scranton District Dental Society; president of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry; and as the Pennsylvania state chairman of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA), an international organization, for which he later served as president. In 2009, his service was recognized by the PFA International Board with their Presidential Award of Excellence. He was also honored by the French Dental Association with their 1996 Gold Medal from Le Conseil National de l'Ordre des Chirurgien Dentistes. His life of service was not limited to dentistry, as he also served on the boards of directors of the United Way of Lackawanna County and the Catholic Youth Center; as president of the Purple Club and the Scranton Country Club; on the board of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; and the University of Scranton Board of Trustees, in addition to others. In his honor, the University of Scranton created the Nicholas D. Saccone Presidential Scholarship and awarded him an honorary doctorate as well as the Frank J. O'Hara Award for University Service. Most recently, the Saccone Laboratory was dedicated in his honor at the Loyola Science Center at the University of Scranton.

Nick was deeply devoted and dedicated to his wife, Jeanne, and they were inseparable through their 46 years of marriage. He was also a deeply devoted and caring brother to his sister, Josephine. A true professional, he never considered his clients as just patients, but also as personal friends.

The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the many dedicated caregivers, especially Carla Menago, who provided care during his later years in life.

He is also survived by a sister, Josephine Saccone of Scranton; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph A. Saccone.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1221 Prospect Ave., Scranton, celebrated by the Rev. Scott Sterowski, pastor, at 10 a.m. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. The family asks that those attending the Mass on Wednesday please proceed directly to the church.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Purple Club at the University of Scranton, P.O. Box 1385, Scranton, PA 18501-9903.

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Published in Scranton Times on July 14, 2013
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