Gary J. Serafine

CARDIFF, N.J. — Gary J. Serafine, 63, of Cardiff, N.J., and formerly of Exeter, passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, following a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.

He was the son of Madeline (Ripa) Serafine, Pittston, and the late Virgil Z. Serafine. He was a 1968 graduate of Wyoming Area High School and received his bachelor's degree from King's College.

Gary was one of the first employees of the former Claridge Hotel and Casino, where he was the director of advertising. He later worked in the marketing and advertising department of the Sands Hotel and Casino. Prior to his illness, he was an IT consultant in the Atlantic City area and most recently the manager at Atlantic City Billiard Club.

He was an avid and accomplished billiards player and competed in a number of national team tournaments in Las Vegas.

He is survived by his mother, Madeline Serafine, Pittston; sister, Joyce, and her spouse, Albert Vitelli, Pittsburgh; daughters, Amy Serafine, Drums; Dana Serafine Rogers and her husband, Patrick, Philadelphia; Lori Beth Serafine, Somerville, N.J.; son, Jeffrey Serafine, and his spouse, Bonnie, California; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins in the Wyoming Valley.

Gary had developed a large circle of friends who were very supportive to him during his long illness. The family acknowledges the kindness and consideration of these friends as well as the staff of Compassionate Care/Hospice, Marmora, N.J., who provided excellent care to Gary.

A private service will be arranged at the convenience of the family.

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Published in Times Leader from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014