Phillip Richard Scavone

Phillip Richard Scavone, 81, of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born March 29, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Phillip E. and Mae Gately Scavone.

A 1949 graduate of Lehman Township High School, Phil was recruited for his baseball talent and immediately left to play for the Philadelphia Phillies. He later continued his education, studying electronics engineering at Penn State University.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he attained the rank of staff sergeant while serving with the Signal Corps.

On Oct. 31, 1952, the day before he was deployed for Korea, he married the love of his life, Joan Fay McHenry.

Before retiring, Phil was an electronics engineer at Tobyhanna Army Depot for 35 years.

Phil enjoyed hunting and fly fishing, for which he made and sold his own lures and ties. His passion was for baseball and he was, naturally, a Philadelphia Phillies fan. He shared his knowledge and love of the game as a past president and coach for St. Therese's Little League Baseball and a coach for South Wilkes-Barre Teener League Baseball, where he would always be found with his signature cigar in his mouth and cap on his head.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 60 years, the former Joan Fay McHenry; children, Phillip G. and his wife, Christine Scavone, Edwardsville; Gary H. Scavone, Kingston; Joann Fay and her husband, Albert Vosburg, Tunkhannock; Pamela and her husband, Peter Monka, Wilkes-Barre, and Megan and her husband, John Nargoski, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Kristen Lanzilotta; Phillip Scavone; Albert, Adam and Austin Vosburg; Erin McGavin; Peter Monka; Brynn and John Nargoski; great-grandchildren, Phillip Declan and Teagan Scavone, and Drew and Dani Lanzilotta; siblings, Catherine Masters, Patrick Scavone, Donald Scavone, Rose Mary Capone, Richard Scavone, John Scavone, Linda and Leonard Scavone; nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Celebration of Phil's life will be led by the Rev. James C. Quinn at 10 a.m. Thursday at McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Park, West Wyoming. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Phil's family at

Funeral Home

McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-4567

Published in Times Leader on May 21, 2013