James E. Saba, 84, of Kingston, died peacefully Sunday morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, after a short illness.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Simon and Emily (Sappe) Saba. Mr. Saba, along with his parents, founded Sanitary Wiping Cloth and Sanitary Industrial Laundry, the largest wiping cloth business in the country. They supplied businesses across the country as well as the U.S. Armed Services with wiping cloths during World War II, Korea and the Vietnam Wars. Later, he and his parents started S & J Enterprises and Meyer/Saba Metal Co., one of the larger scrap metal recyclers in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Saba was a lifelong member of St Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre. Ordained as sub-deacon in 1959, he served under Father Hebert Nahas for 30 years and was instrumental in the building of the new church on South Main Street. He was a Shriner and a Mason and an avid golfer, having helped to grow The Irem Temple Country Club's Golf Course through many years. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying his own plane for pleasure for many years.
Mr. Saba was a family man, raising four sons on Butler Street in Kingston with his late wife, the former Rosemary Corcoran.
He leaves behind sons, Simon Saba and his wife, Merry, of Sparta N.J.; James M. Saba and his fiancée, Theresa McGrane, Harveys Lake; Christopher E. Saba, Swoyersville, and Francis Saba and his husband, Victor Rivera, of Philadelphia and Dallas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; wife, the former Esther Hannon; sister Kathleen Line, Wilkes-Barre, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his first wife, Rosemary, was his sister Shirley Xanthopoulos of Lewistown.
Private Entombment was held at the convenience of the family in St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Cemetery, Hanover Township. Contributions may be made to the Shriner Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 in the memory of James E. Saba. A memorial/reception will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Saba family home, 198 Idetown Road, Dallas. All are welcome. Arrangements are by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains, PA 18705. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.
20 South Main Street
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on Aug. 20, 2013