Francis J. (Frank) Gavin, 80, of Stevensville, Herrick Twp., PA, passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
Born in Philadelphia on Aug. 2, 1933, he was the son of the late James T. and Agnes Moran Gavin. He attended Germantown High School and Dobbins Vocational School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was sent to Korea as a radio-telegraph operator. Upon returning to the states, he went to work for Capital Airlines in Harrisburg before transferring to United Airlines in Philadelphia where he met and married the former Mary Ann Kotnarowski on July 13, 1957. They just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this past summer. He worked various jobs throughout his career, ending as construction manager with Trane Thermal of Conshohocken, PA, from which he retired in 1985. Projects throughout his career allowed him to travel far and wide—from winters in Thule, Greenland and Nome, Alaska, to summers in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and just about everywhere in between.
Frank was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972. Through the years, even though the activities of daily living became more and more difficult, he fought hard against the disease. He and Mary Ann were active in their local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and worked with others living with this disease.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, watching news and sports and playing toss with his faithful dog Molly.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Linda Vincent of Pocono Lake; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Virginia of Alden; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Valerie of Westminster, MD, John and Melinda of Willow Grove; a sister, Catherine Pyne of Malvern; a brother-in-law, Joseph Kotnarowski of Old Forge; numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Mary Ellen Didden, who, with her father, Bill Gavin, is actively involved in the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For the past 20 years, they have participated in walks and fundraising for MS awareness and the search for a cure.
Frank’s two older brothers, James and Thomas Gavin, are deceased.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Rt. 6, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joseph Manarchuck presiding.
Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, 2219 York Road, Suite 302, Timonium, MD 21093.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.