Joseph P. Perrone

Joseph P. Perrone, Dunmore, passed away Thursday at home after a brief illness surrounded by family. Born March 21, 1948 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Samuel Perrone and Anna Noto Perrone. He graduated president of his class from Old Forge High School and Kings College. Joe retired Sergeant First Class from the United States Army Reserves. He retired from the Lackawanna Human Development Agency. He was actively involved in the Mended Hearts Organization and an avid New York Yankee Fan. He had a passion for politics evidenced by his many years serving as Judge of Elections for the Borough of Dunmore.

Joe was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Paul’s Church. Poppy, as he was known to his grandchildren, family and friends was one of the most selfless people you could hope to meet.He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, a kind, loving, hardworking soul. Joe may have been born with a weak heart, but he had the largest heart and lived a life of love for all. 

The family wishes to thank the entire ICU staff and resident doctors at regional Hospital and traditional home Health and hospice for their unending care and compassion for Joe during his illness.

Surviving are his son JJ Perrone and his fiancé Nicole Finnerty; daughters Heather Perrone McGrath and her husband Tim, Mandi Perrone Boyanoski and her husband Jeff and Maggie Perrone Boyanoski and her husband Brandon all of Dunmore;  brothers Paul, Moscow; Tom, Old Forge; sister Marie Jo Perrone Sacco, Oceanside, California and his ex-wife and best friend Mary McGrath Perrone, Dunmore. Also surviving are his grandchildren T. Burke, Grace, Max McGrath; Ben, Nate, Anna Boyanoski; Chloe Ondek, Ella Boyanoski and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30am in St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Ave. Scranton. Friends may call Monday morning from 9:30 until time of Mass at the church.

All CDC guidelines including the mandatory use of facial coverings as well as proper social distancing will be strictly enforced. 

Please be prepared to pay your respects in a timely manner while refraining from physical contact.  Those staying for the Mass are asked to immediately take their seats in the church while adhering to social distancing guidelines.  Those paying their respects and not staying for the Mass are asked to pay their respects and exit the church.

Interment with Military Honors in Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family strongly encourages memorial contributions be made to the St. Paul’s/St. Clare’s Church Food Pantry.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.

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  1. Jeanie hessmiller


  2. Joseph. Chomack

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. A great man he will be missed

  3. Bill, Mary Beth, Amy Letwinsky

    Our condolences to all the Perrone family.

  4. Nikki Shumsky


  5. Eileen L Varady

    My deepest sympathy to all of you and may he RIP


  6. Carroll Terruso

    Deepest sympathies to the entire Perrone family. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Rocco and Angela Valvano

    Dear JJ,Heather,Mandi and Maggie, we are so sorry for your loss of your Dad.
    We have so many memories from years ago.One thing I will always remember is what a kind,caring Dad he was.He was without a doubt a wonderful and one of a kind Dad!!! May he RIP 🙏❤️

  8. Mary Jones

    I extend my deepest sympathy to Joe’s family on his passing. I worked with Joe for many, many years at Old Forge Bank and he was such a great guy! He was always so kind, considerate and such a fabulous gentleman to everyone. May he rest in peace.

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