On Wednesday, a stunning fall morning, Danny Corby passed away while out for a walk with his best 4-legged buddy, Kerri …exactly one week after his 71st birthday.
Always sharply dressed, Paddy’s in hand, Danny’s smile, sparkling blue Irish eyes, and hilarious personality lit up any room he walked into. His sense of humor was unmatched, right up until what he was wearing the day he died. His love for his family, extended family, (The Kerrigans, McIntyres and Zangs), and friends- and theirs for him- was evident to anyone who had the true pleasure of knowing him.
Born in Scranton, a 1963 graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Danny served the city of Scranton as a patrolman for many years, retiring from the Scranton Police Department as a detective. He served his country for four years in the United States Air Force. He served his friends and family on a daily basis, constantly running errands for them or driving them to doctors’ appointments. Most importantly, Sandy (Montalbano), the love of his life for nearly 45 years of a loving and happy marriage and his two daughters, his namesakes, Danielle and Michelle for their entire lives. He was an incredibly proud father and uncle. Continuing his service to others he committed one last act of generosity. After his passing, Danny donated his corneas so that another may see this beautiful world he enjoyed living in so much. Danny had many pets throughout his life, who he must be elated to be reunited with, especially his Cuddles, Luna, and Luci. He loved to travel with his family, extended family, and friends. He especially enjoyed his “trip of a lifetime” to Ireland and most recently a breathtaking, “preview of Heaven” cruise to Alaska.
Despite being a true Irish leprechaun he loved pizza and his Bum’s sauce and meatballs. He was a member of the VFW 6528, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Quiet Man Society with which he joyfully marched annually in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Danny leaves behind, his heartbroken girls- his wife, Sandy and daughters Danielle King of Scranton, and Michelle Corby and her fiancée, Joanne DeCheser of Easton and his beloved pup, Kerri. Also surviving are his brother Jimmy and wife Irene, his nieces Stacey Moyer and husband Walt, Jennifer Lohr and husband Mike, nephew Cpl. Patrick Corby, PSP and wife Leslie, several grandnieces and nephews and many cousins. He also leaves behind his Italian side of the family Ben and Pam Montalbano and Bobby and Patti Montalbano, Ruth Montalbano, three nieces and a nephew and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Mae Holmes Corby, his brother, John “Matt” Corby and brother –in-law, John Montalbano and his lifelong friend, Bobby Kerrigan. He was a wonderful son-in-law to his late in-laws, Ben and Lucy Montalbano.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30am in Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Scranton, Pa.
All attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Sunday from 1-4pm in the Vanston & James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton
Cremation to follow in Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.
In lieu of flowers, Danny would have appreciated monetary donations to an animal rescue of your choice or to Holy Rosary Church, Scranton.
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