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July 29, 1935 - September 27, 2020
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Thomas F. Prendergast, age 85 and a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away Sunday at Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an illness. He was preceded in death on January 22, 2007 by his beloved wife of 49 years, Lillian (Butch) Prendergast.
Born on July 29, 1935, and son of the late Thomas J. and Anna (Healey) Prendergast, Tom was educated in Scranton Schools. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War before his honorable discharge from service. A lifelong truck driver, he drove for Fowler and Williams, Yellow Transportation, CEX Trucking and prior to his retirement, ABF Freight.
A handyman, Tom was capable of fixing just about anything. He was a good man with a kind heart who would do anything for his family. Above all else came his grandchildren. Their “papa” loved them dearly.
Now at peace and reunited with his wife, he will long be missed by family and friends.
He is survived by four sons, Thomas Prendergast and wife Jean Marie of Taylor, Charles Prendergast and companion Tommy Possinger of Old Forge, Paul Prendergast and wife Joy of Scranton and Joseph Prendergast and wife Melissa of Scranton; three grandchildren, Chelsea Shipman and fiance Todd Cerniglia, Joey Prendergast and Christine Prendergast; a great grandson, Rune Cerniglia; brothers, Stephen Prendergast of Scranton, Robert Prendergast and wife Pam of Texas, Francis Prendergast of North Carolina, Edward Prendergast and wife Ann of Dunmore and John Prendergast of Moscow; sisters, Rose Zielinski of Scranton, Ann Sherman and husband David of Scranton, Romayne Prendergast of Scranton, Cynthia Prendergast of Scranton, Joan Lescinsky and husband William of Moscow, Mary Flis and husband John of Dunmore and Paula Prendergast of Dunmore; and many nieces and nephews.
Siblings, Patrick, Michael, Gerald, James and Sharon Prendergast and Jean Ann Rupinski also preceded him in death.
His family would like to thank both the staffs of Compassionate Care Hospice and Carbondale Nursing Center for the collective care given to Tom.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Thursday at 9:00AM from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue in Scranton, to be celebrated by Msgr. Neil J. Van Loon, Pastor. Entombment with military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at Fairview Memorial Park Mausoleum in Elmhurst Twp.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday between 4-7:00PM at the funeral home. Please visit the funeral home’s website for directions or to leave a condolence.