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John Arthur "Jack" Granahan

December 26, 1933 ~ November 2, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

John Arthur "Jack" Granahan Obituary

John Arthur "Jack" Granahan, 89, of Scranton, died Thursday at Allied Services Hospice Center. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Susan “Liz” Granahan.

Born in Scranton, son of the late John J. and Mary Williams Granahan, he was a graduate of St Patrick’s High School. Upon returning from military service, he worked at ICS as an English instructor and political speech writer and ultimately attained his degree in Accounting from the University of Scranton. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the Auditor General’s office overseeing hospital audits across the eastern half of Pennsylvania. He was a long-term Board member of St Francis of Assisi Kitchen and the Scranton/Lackawanna Health & Welfare Authority. A life-long member of St Patrick’s Church, he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.

Jack considered P. J. Scanlan’s Restaurant in downtown Scranton and Carmella’s Italian Deli in West Scranton extended family. He could be found daily at either venue (or both), dispensing opinion, life-coaching, college football statistics, and occasional sarcasm (mostly) free of charge. Few who met him are at a loss for Jack stories, “Jackisms” or a lunch tab Jack picked up. He was as colorful as he was unforgettable.

Jack loved Notre Dame football and Ireland in equal doses. He was an excellent cook, home canner and host. He and Liz were well known for their Christmas parties and collection of Irish Whiskeys. They traveled extensively with their ND “Roadie” friends, and made new ones everywhere they went. They will be sorely missed.

We cannot thank enough the owners and staff of P.J. Scanlan’s and Carmella’s for their true and loving friendship, his caretaker and friend Diane Nerad for her many years of devoted service, Dr Thomas Roe of LVHS for his impeccable attention to Jack’s care, the fourth floor nursing staff of Regional Hospital for their astounding kindness and Allied Services Hospice Center for being there at the end of Jack’s incredible run.

Surviving is a daughter, Lauren DiBileo, Scranton; a son, Thomas B. Kramer, Emmaus; and from his previous marriage, a son, Atty. Sean Granahan, Montrose; Jack’s beloved and adored grandchildren, Dr. Angela Kalinowski and husband, Colby; Caitie DiBileo, R.N.; Dr. Griffin DiBileo and Grace DiBileo; and great-granddaughters, Chloe and Maeve Kalinowski; and several nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Jackson Street, Scranton. Family and friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

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November 7, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Patrick s Church, Jackson St, West Scranton

Mass of Christian Burial
November 7, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church
1403 Jackson Street
Scranton, PA 18504


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