Edward F. Reap, 90, died peacefully in his sleep early on Friday morning at his home in Scranton. He and his wife, the former Sylvia M. Rodrigues, were married for sixty-four years.
Originally from the Pinebrook section of the city, he was the son of the late Edward K. Reap and Christine Steen, and was baptized and raised in the Methodist Church.
Ed was educated in the Scranton public grammar schools and attended Scranton Central High School. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII under Gen. George S. Patton, and was a member of American Legion Post 920.
He was employed for many years as a driver for trucking firms, J. P. McCrone and Eschenbach & Rodgers, and as a supervisor for the A&P Grocery Warehouse. Prior to retirement, he worked as a clerk in shipping operations for LeShore Calgift Advertising.
For many years, Ed volunteered at the West Side United Neighborhood Center and at the Providence Methodist Church’s fundraising dinners.
An avid reader of books on history, trains, and politics, he also enjoyed watching professional and college sports, and visiting Penn State University. He was proud of his Scranton heritage and took a strong interest in local politics. These two interests came together for Ed while working tirelesly for his son’s two successful politcal campaigns.
Ed was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.
Surviving are two children, Deborah M. Santini and husband, Frank V., Archbald; Brian J., and wife, Lynne (Sunday) Reap, Scranton; three grandchildren, Cara (Reap) Raymond and husband, Charles, Plymouth Meeting, PA; Kyle Reap, Scranton; Christopher Santini, Washington, D.C., and nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brother, Peter Reap, a sister, Arlene (Reap) Szabo and his grandson’s wife, Kaitlin (Hennemuth) Reap.
The Reap family would like to thank the many physicians who provided Ed with excellent care, and Mary Kay, Andrea, and all of the other nurses from VNA Hospice Home Heath, Olyphant, for their kindness and compassion.
Private funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Davis, pastor of the Asbury United Methodist Church, with interment at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Arrangements have been entrusted and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St, Scranton.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave, Scranton, PA 18503, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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