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October 21, 1947 - May 19, 2016
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Gerald (Jerry) Kanton, age 68, of Lake Carey, passed away Thursday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his beloved companion and best friend of 34 years, Karen Gorolis.
Born on October 21, 1947, and raised in North Scranton, Jerry was the son of the late John and Dorothy Tomasaitis Kanton. Educated at the former Scranton Technical High School, he worked for Speranza Construction and as a driver for Stroehmann Bakery, prior to his long-fought battle with illness.
He enjoyed fishing and gambling and, an animal lover, he adored his pups, Black Jack and Princess. He was a jokester with his friends and loved to laugh. He will forever be missed and remembered by his family and friends.
He is also survived by five siblings, Robert Kanton and wife Joanna of Throop, James Kanton and wife Sharon of Dickson City, William Kanton and wife Ellen of Nicholson, Lorraine Borgia and husband Tony and Mary Kanton, both of Thompson; Gene Gallagher of Clarks Summit, who Jerry considered a second father; a sister-in-law, Patricia Kanton of Scranton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Three brothers, Francis, John and Thomas Kanton, also preceded him in death.
His family would like to thank Drs. Kurt Moran, Christopher Peters, Dr. Kishori Veerabhadrappa and Richard Emanuelson for their collective care and compassion given to Jerry and his family through his illness.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 27th, at 9:30AM at Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William Street in Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Cyril Edwards, Pastor. Private interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton.