Nov. 3, 2012
Robert David Lorah, 62, of Plum, Pa., died on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 while surrounded by his family at the Canterbury Place Hospice Unit in Lawrenceville, Pa. He was diagnosed with melanoma in July of 2012 and received treatment at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh.
He had relocated from Trucksville in June of 2012. Born Dec. 20, 1949 in Kingston, a, he was a son of the late James Kenneth and Arlene Glass Lorah.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years Patricia Ann (Nagle) Lorah; sons, Robert Kenneth and wife Nicole of Verona, Richard Patrick and wife Emily of Penn Hills, and Jonathan David of Plum; three grandchildren, Taylor Helene and Luke Robert Lorah, and newborn Harlyn Ann Lorah. He is also survived by a brother James Kenneth Lorah and wife Joyce Ann of Shavertown and sister June Shirley Lorah of Forty Fort, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Robert was a 1967 graduate of Kingston High School, and alumni of the Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing. After joining the United States Air Force, he completed additional training at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Anesthesia and enjoyed a highly successful career of 37 years in Nurse Anesthesia practice both in the Wyoming Valley and recently at the UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, Pa.
He was a lifetime member and past President of the Columbian Volunteer Fire Department in Kingston and active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dallas.
He was a devoted husband, proud father, committed family man, dear friend and compassionate health care provider. He will be remembered always for his endless sense of humor and love for jokes, uncanny ability to tell a good story, his love for the outdoors and sports, and passion for Lionel trains and Corvettes.
At his request, a memorial church service will be held in his honor at the St Paul's Lutheran Church in Dallas, 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the Rev. Charles H. Grube officiating. A fellowship luncheon will follow on site. Friends, family and former colleagues are welcome.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center of UPMC (UPMC Cancer Pavilion), Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232) or St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dallas, PA (RR#4 Box 627A, Dallas, PA 18612). Arrangements are by the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, PA 15037. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.