Dr. Alan Popick

Dr. Alan Popick, of Scranton, passed away on New Year’s Day at Regional hospital after fighting an illness. 

Born in 1948, in Brooklyn New York,  where he was raised,  Alan was the son of the late Harry Popick, and Adele Lesternick-Popick.  Educated in the Brooklyn school system, Alan graduated from Erasmus High School where he met his wife, the former Carol Hechtman, of 51 years. He went on to graduate from the New York Institute of Technology and then the College of Osteopathic Medicine and surgery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Alan Popick was an excellent and extremely caring physician. He always had a special place in his heart for his patients and took great pride in his ability to heal. His rapport with his patients was always beyond reproach.  Dr. Popick will be missed not only by his friends and family, but his patients as well. He was known for his kind demeanor, sense of humor, and his willingness to give to anyone in need. He was of the Jewish faith.  

Also surviving are his loving daughters: Elizabeth Popick-McPhillips, and her husband Chad, of Roaring Brook Township; Carri Popick-Newcomb, and her husband Charlie, of Scranton; Gennifer Popick-Bakaysa, and her husband John, of Plymouth meeting; and a sister; Donna Popick-Jonas, and her husband, Marc of Utica, New York, and his grandchildren: Dylan, Collin, Paige, Ryan, Alison, Kyah, and Jonah.

An interfaith service will be held Sunday, January 9th at 2pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton with Rev. Fr. William Mentz, offictiating.

Friends may call Sunday from noon until the time of the service.


  1. Gail Oliver

    My heart goes out to Carol and family. Allan was an amazing man. I remember our trips we took on cruise ships. The 4 of us enjoyed spending time together and on the many crazy excursions we took. One in particular stands out…the crazy trip to the volcano and mud bath. We had so much fun. Then came time to go wash off….the was quite the experience. Hey Carol remember the white water rafting in Jamaica. We were a crazy bunch. Remember the good times and the great family times. I send my love to all of you. Stay strong Carol. You are a strong woman..

  2. Ann Trombley

    I am sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time. Your family was a great asset to Monticello.

    • Carri

      Ann. Thank you so much. You were such an important person in my life. I know you have known my family for so many years. Thank you for your kind words and condolences. Love to your family.

  3. Sheryl Manz

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort at this difficult time. Sending sympathy, love, and prayers.

  4. Stan and Enid Hersh

    It is with sadness that we acknowledge the Death of Alan. He was caring and kind to those he encountered. His skills as a physician were always on target and with good results. His later years in specializing in working with a special population added to his service to those he came to serve. Carol and the girls I know you will miss him, but the memories will wrap you in a life well served with you Carol, the children, and grandchildren

  5. Lois Kaufman

    I am so sorry for the loss for the loss of Alan.

  6. Barbara Zeitlin Leviton

    Dear Carol and your beautiful family. I was so so sorry to hear of the passing of Alan. We haven’t been in touch really for more years than I would like to admit. For your beautiful girls, I was a friend of your moms in high school in Brooklyn. I so fondly remember sleeping over and looking forward to the bagels and bacon your grandmother would make. Your mom and dad were truly high school sweethearts, and I am so happy they built such a beautiful life together. Carol, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. There really are no adequate words. I just want you to know I am thinking of you and sending as much healing energy as I can. 💜

  7. James Marder

    Alan was a good friend many years ago as we grew to adulthood. I am not surprised that he made a career of helping people. I know that the good memories will eventually cancel out the sadness we all feel now.

  8. Mark Schaffer

    I met Alan in 1958 when I came to Brooklyn. We were close friends in the 60s for 12 years until we went our separate ways…Saw each other a few times after that. When I heard of his passing, all the memories of our Brooklyn boyhood flooded back- memories that will live forever – Afternoons in the park, Sunday afternoon football games, Mike and Carl’s, the Foster Deli, the Roach, Tuna on toast, the junction, movin’and groovin’, golf at Ft. Tilden, the stuff of life…the laughs, the friendship, the wild times..Condolences to Carol and Alan’s entire family…Be strong..

    • Elizabeth McPhillips

      Mark, my dad talked about you all the time! I so wish we could have met!

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