In Remembrance of Harold Seymour Kaplan

Harold Seymour Kaplan

Harold Seymour Kaplan

Naples, FL and Dalton, PA August 28, 1933 ~ April 21, 2014 Date of Service: May 4, 2014

Harold Kaplan of Naples, FL and Dalton, PA passed away in flight to China on Monday, April 21, 2014. Surviving him is his wife Nancy, formerly Nancy Chamoni.

Born in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Isadore and Freida Smertz Kaplan.

He graduated from Syracuse University in 1956 and had been integral to his family’s meat packing business for many years, where he served as president of the Mid Valley Meat Packing Co., vice president of Northeastern Skins and Hides, and vice president of I. Kaplan Inc., all based in Olyphant, PA. At one time he served as the president and chairman of Montage Foods, based in Scranton. For many years he served as a director and president of the National Bank of Olyphant, which is now part of Community Banking Systems N.A., a NYSE-traded bank. He had been a board member of the Lackawanna Jewish Federation and the Collier County Florida Jewish Federation. He had been active with the United Jewish Appeal, Temple Hesed in Scranton, and the Scranton Tennis Club. He was also active with the Lackawanna United Way, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, the Scranton Lodge of Elks, Kingsbury Lodge F&AM, the Keystone Consistory, the Irem Temple Shrine, the American Red Cross, the Glen Oak Country Club, the American Meat Association, and the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he was a member of the Pelican Bay Country Club, R.O.M.E.O, and the International Men’s Club of Collier County, all based in Naples. In addition, he was active with Technion - the M.I.T. of Israel. Wherever he resided, he promoted education and goodwill through his philanthropy.

Also surviving are son Todd and wife Lisa of Parkland, FL; son Michael and fiancée Gretchen Adelson of New York, NY; grandsons Cory and Collin of Parkland; sister Esther Plotner of Queens, NY; brother Saul of Scranton; and several nephews and nieces.  


Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 East Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA and will be presided by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Interment in Temple Hesed Cemetery, Dunmore. The Kaplan Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.


A period of shiva will be observed Sunday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kaplan residence, 1003 Windemere Circle in Dalton.


Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

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Jim Phippard
Posts: 10
Harold Kaplan
Reply #5 on : Mon May 12, 2014, 17:24:27
Dear Nancy and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was a valued member of the International Men's Club of America in Naples. He gave so much of himself to so many causes. We will miss him. Please accept my sincere condolences.
William Vargas
Posts: 10
Our Sympathy
Reply #4 on : Thu May 08, 2014, 10:20:54
To our Masonic Brother, May The Great Architect of the Universe comfort and keep you in His love forever more. You have walked upright by the plumb and stood on the level for your fellow man and society throughout your life. We now know that your acceptance by our Devine Father will have you on the square. farewell, our Brother and may God bless you and yours at this time of sorrow. R.I.P. W. Vargas, Sr. Warden - Kingsbury Masonic Lodge No. 466
Deb and Stan Ostrowski
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Harold Kaplan
Reply #3 on : Wed May 07, 2014, 13:30:37
Dear Nancy:
I do not know if you remember me or my husband Stan, but we both worked at I. Kaplan. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. I met you on numerous occasions, and always thought you were a lovely person, and that you and Harold made a beautiful couple. Your husband was a really great guy, and anyone who knew him enjoyed his personality, and those colorful pants that he use to wear to work. He was a real gem and will be greatly missed. We now live in Lewisburg, and did not know of his passing until today, otherwise, we would have gone to the funeral. Again, please accept our sincerest condolences.
Hank and Nancy Greenberg
Posts: 10
Re: In Remembrance of Harold Seymour Kaplan
Reply #2 on : Sat May 03, 2014, 13:18:37
Dear Nancy;
In the short time that we had to get to know Hal, I found him to embody a rare combination of traits. He was, at the same time, a man of stregth, humor, and compassion; he was inquisitive and understanding,and above all, generous to individuals and causes that needed his help. I especially enjoyed our comeradeship at our "Tuesday lunches". I will surely miss him. Nancy joins me in extending our deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Mike Appleton
Posts: 10
My condolences
Reply #1 on : Fri May 02, 2014, 12:01:39
Mrs. Kaplan and Michael:

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I have the fondest memories of Mr. Kaplan growing up. I still vividly remember him taking us (Michael and I) to Joe Muer's in Boca as a kid and introducing me to stone crabs at a very young age.

Our thoughts and preyers are with you guys at this difficult time.