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Francis J Gavin

August 2, 1933 — December 13, 2013

P. Dean Homer Funeral Home J. Jeffrey Homer, Supervisor 1 Grovedale Lane Wyalusing, Pennsylvania 18853 Tel 570 746-1444 Fax 570 928-8116 Email OBITUARY Francis J. (Frank) Gavin, age 80, of Stevensville, Herrick Twp, PA passed away on December 13, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Frank was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 2, 1933, 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 Corp and was sent to Korea as a radio telegraph operator. Upon return 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. Frank 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, PA; a son and daughter-in-law Mark and Virginia, of Alden, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law William and Valerie, of Westminster, MD; John and Melinda of Willow Grove, PA; a sister, Catherine Pyne, of Malvern, PA; and a brother-in-law Joseph Kotnarowski, of Old Forge, PA. 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 fund raising 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, December 18th, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Route 6, Wyalusing, PA with the Rev. Joseph Manarchuck presiding. Friends and family may call from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 and on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA. 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 To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Francis J Gavin, please visit our flower store.


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