Robert J. Payne, 60, of Scranton died early Thursday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma spanning almost four years. His loving wife, best friend, and caregiver, Victoria Payne, the former Victoria Jenkins, was by his side. The couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on June 30th.
Born in Scranton of the late William and Adele Gedraitis Payne, he was a 1976 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a hard worker, employed by Snap-on Tools for twenty-five years. A wise outdoorsmen, Bob enjoyed time spent in nature; fishing, gardening, and birdwatching. A charismatic and caring man, he loved spending time with friends and gathering over a good puzzle. Bob was a family man and a proud papa to his grandson, Eli.
He is also survived by a daughter, Michelle Dargatis and her husband, Michael D. Dargatis II, Clarks Green; son, Matthew Payne and grandson, Elijah Payne, Scranton; his brothers, William Payne, Jr. and his wife Jeanie, John Payne and his wife Debbie; and three sisters; Lynn Hamilton and her husband Thomas, Judy Bennett, and Kristeen Smith.
Bob’s family wishes to thank Dr. William J. Heim, Dr. Madhava Baikadi, and all of the doctors, staff, and volunteers at Hospice of the Sacred Heart. These individuals were instrumental in the exceptional care that Bob had received.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, 157 S. Main Avenue, Scranton. Carl J. Savino, Supervisor. Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, 18510.