Gary L. Cangemi, 62, of Scranton, died Saturday at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
Born on April 29, 1954, in Arlington, Va., to the late John and Ethel Cangemi, he graduated from Peary High School, Rockville, Md., and earned his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Scranton. Gary was an extremely talented artist, writer and cartoonist who inspired countless people through his work. He was the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Umbert, comic books, trading card series and recently published his first children's book.
Gary loved his community and endlessly volunteered. He was a Boy Scout leader for more than a decade and an avid sports fan. He started the soccer program at West Scranton High School, coaching for six seasons. Most of all, Gary was a kind, caring soul and dedicated family man who loved to entertain others through stories, art and music, and especially with his children and twin granddaughters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Nancy Watkins Cangemi; his children, Peter Cangemi and wife, Lauren; and their children, Madison and Evelyn, Houston, Texas; Katherine Cangemi and fiancé, Matt Albracht, Philadelphia; and Becca Cangemi, Scranton. He is also survived by three sisters, Donna, Kelly and Angela; three brothers, John, Mike and Chris.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Steve.
Gary's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Regional Hospital of Scranton for their kindness and caring.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton. Viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private.
Published by Scranton Times on Mar. 20, 2017.