It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Peter Cupple, age 91, announces his passing at home after a
lengthy illness on Sunday January 6, 2019. Peter's vibrant love of life and community will be fondly
remembered by all those who knew him.
A native of Dunmore, Peter attended Scranton Central High, the University of Scranton, and Hahnemann
Medical School, also serving 18 months in the US Air Force. Dr. Cupple practiced family medicine in
Green Ridge for 16 years before completing a fellowship, in 1973, at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric
Institute, including a residency at St. Mary's Hospital in London, England. He became a board-certified
psychiatrist, practicing in this specialty for over 35 years at the Wilkes Barre VAMC, Clarks Summit State
Hospital and CMC Mental Health Clinic, finally retiring at the age of 87.
Peter served his community in numerous ways, both professionally and philanthropically. He served as
Director of Public Health for the City of Scranton as well as Vice President of Social Services Planning for
Lackawanna County. His philanthropic interests and board memberships were many, including:
Lackawanna Arts Council, Architectural Heritage Association, Montage Mountain, Marywood College
Development, Abington Players, Community Concert Association, Scranton Ballet Guild, the Jaycees,
American Red Cross, United Way, United Neighborhood Center, and Unico-International. Recently
Peter, along with his sisters, endowed a scholarship at the Commonwealth Medical School for a student
pursuing primary care medicine, ensuring a legacy of caring for the Scranton community.
Peter was an active participant in community theater through Actor's Circle and Mostly Opera and was
the benefactor of the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery for over 30 years. He enjoyed attending The
Metropolitan Opera and Broadway performances as well as local productions throughout his long life.
His love of the arts and his community was surpassed only by his love for his family. He is survived by his
dear sisters, Flora and Josephine, who cared tirelessly for him in his final years, daughter Jennifer Steele,
son-in-law Alan Steele, grandchildren Matthew, Katie and Julia, many cousins, including Patti Cupple
Moran, and countless colleagues and friends, especially Pat Vaccaro and Sandy and Ignacio Diaz. The
family wishes to extend sincere thanks to all those who helped care for Peter, especially the Interim
Visiting Nurses, Dr. Frank Milani, Dr. Richard Gratz, Maryann Brady, CRNP, Dr. Harold Palevsky and Chris
Archer-Chicko, CRNP at the University of Pennsylvania and the excellent staff of Geisinger CMC cardiac
Funeral services will be conducted Friday from the Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home 120 South Main Ave. with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Ave. Everyone is respectfully invited to proceed directly to church for the Mass on Friday. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends and family will be received Thursday from 4-7 pm in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at the donor's choice, to any of his many