John T. Ruane

John Thomas ‘JT’ Ruane, 77, of Olyphant, passed peacefully on Sunday at
Hospice of the Sacred Heart with his loving family at his side.  

Born March 31,1947, in Scranton, JT was the son of the late Rosemary
Howley Ruane and Joseph Ruane. He grew up in Scranton’s Hill Section and
graduated from Cathedral High School in 1966.  JT earned a bachelor’s
degree from The University of Scranton. He was a veteran of the US Navy
and very proud of his years of service.  JT dedicated 25 years to Procter &
Gamble before enjoying his retirement.

JT will be lovingly remembered as a devoted husband, father, and
grandfather. Though he was quiet and stoic, he could always be counted on to
surprise others with a humorous side comment. He had an endless supply of
Dad jokes. JT had amusing idiosyncrasies and was affectionately teased by
his daughters for ironing his denim. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh
Steelers and Pirates, loved scratch-off tickets, a good hot coffee, and was
known for his artistic talent and love of doodling. JT was dependable, kind,
and always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a creative problem solver.
The last ten years of his life were enriched in the joy of being the beloved,
“Grandpa John,’ to his twin grandchildren. 

He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Judith Evans Ruane; his
daughters and their families – Kerry (Peter) McCarthy of Scranton; Shannon
Ruane (Morris Licciardello) of Jenkintown, PA and their children Carys and
Dominick; Maureen Ruane (Cory Borer) of Monroeville, PA; three brothers,
Joseph (Audrey) of Scranton, James (Lucia) of Miami, Florida; and Thomas
(the late Marilouise) of Scranton; a brother-in-law Robert Evans (the late
Cheryl) of Scranton; five nieces, five nephews, and ten grandnieces and

In addition to his parents, JT was preceded in death by his aunt Anna Jeanne
Howley, his uncle John Howley, sisters-in-law Cheryl Evans and Marilouise
Ruane, and his nephew and godson, Martin Ruane.

Funeral services will be held at the Chapel at Fairview Memorial Park on
Friday, May 10 th  at 11am.  

The Ruane family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Rajan Mulloth, MD;
Hematology and Oncology Associates of NEPA, especially Charlie Lubash
and Dr. Padmaja Bonjanapally; the physicians, nurses, and staff of Lehigh
Valley Hospital – Dickson City; and the nurses of Hospice of the Sacred Heart
for their compassionate care during JT’s final days.

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

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 30 E.D. Preate Drive, Suite 108, Moosic PA 18507

May JT’s memory be a comfort to all who knew him.


  1. Barbara Bell

    My condolences to Judy and family on the passing of John. I remember the last time I saw him and Judy at Walmart. That was around 2 years ago and we all enjoyed catching up on our lives and aches and pains. God Bless.

  2. Laurena Mundey-Mott

    So sorry for your loss Shannon and family I did not know your father personally but I know you., and you are a representative of him. That means he did a wonderful job ( with your Mom’s help) so he was a wonderful man. This is always a hard time but praying for you and sending you hugs and love.

  3. John Wilson


    So very sorry for your loss .
    I wish you and your family well.

  4. Peggy and Charlie Gahwiler

    So sorry to hear of JT’s passing. Charlie and I send our deep condolences to the family. I Peggy(Schmidt) Gahwiler graduated with him from Cathedral High School. We both grew up in the hill section and took the Petersburg bus daily from high school. He was quiet but always had a smile . May he RIP ????

  5. Renee DePietro

    Judy, Kerry, Shannon, Maureen, and Families

    Our most sincere condolences on the passing of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Cherish the memories, they are ours to keep <3

    Renee-Gus DePietro and Family, Barbara Bell

  6. Louise Flannery

    Dear Judy and Family. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sending you our thoughts and prayers, hoping that God’s love will get you through this most difficult time. May your family and friends be a comfort to you in the days ahead.

  7. Anne Ruane Glassman

    My condolences to Judy and the whole family. I have wonderful memories of our cousins, J.T. (we called him Johnny) and his brothers, spending many summer days at our house and our anxiously awaited family trip to their summer cottage at Lake Wallenpaupack! Such special times.
    I hope you all find strength and comfort in your own beautiful, loving memories of such a special person.

  8. Paula (Talerico) Bomboy

    Judy, I so sorry to learn of JT’s passing. I remember him from high school as being quiet but having a dry sense of humor. I also remember his artistic talent and that he did a lot of art work for the yearbook. May he rest in peace. Take comfort in your many fond memories of him. God Bless you and your family.

  9. Mary Jane Ruane Blodgett

    Sincerest condolences on cousin John’s passing to all his family. John, Joe, Jim and Tom are part of very happy childhood memories in Scranton. My brothers and sisters and I looked forward to their visits to our house on Ash St as well as additional fun times during summer vacation. May John’s soul rest in peace, and may his family be comforted knowing he was loved by many.

    Mary Jane Ruane Blodgett and family

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