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Wayne R. Hiller, 66, died Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after a courageous health fight. He was
the husband of Nancy (Burke) Hiller. The couple have been married over
Born in Scranton, Wayne was the son of the late James and Mabel
(Dommes) Hiller. He graduated from Central High School and furthered
his education at Penn State University.
Wayne began his professional career having worked at Haddon Craftsmen
Book Binding Company, Scranton, where he was a supervisor and oversaw
special projects. He was employed by Lackawanna County having begun
with the Sewer Authority, Emergency Management Department and most
recently as the Electric City Trolley Museum and facility director.
In 2008, Wayne took over supervising the Electric City Trolley Museum
and turned it into one of the top tourist attractions in Lackawanna
County. Despite his health battle, he still went to work every day and
put every ounce of his pride into his job.
Year after year he continued to grow the popularity of the trolley by
coming up with innovative ideas to promote tourists at the museum and
riders of the trolley. He worked and supported the Electric City
Trolley Museum Association.
Active in politics, he was a proud Democrat who served as a committee
chair on East Mountain for years.
He was a member of the Waldorf German American Federation, the Waldorf
Golf League, Waldorf Hunting Club, South Side Bachelor’s Club, and was
a devoted Yankees fan who enjoyed annual trips to Yankee Stadium with
his wife, Nancy. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed his weekly golf
league and weekend outings with his golf buddies. He also enjoyed
hunting, often acting as a guide at the Blooming Grove Hunting &
Fishing Club where he led parties on turkey hunts. Wayne’s true
passion though, were his girls and Nancy. His daughters were the light
of his life, his pride and joy and he would drop anything at a
moment’s notice for them.
A man with integrity, honesty and friendly manner will be sadly missed
by all who knew and loved his gentle smile and great sense of humor.
In addition to his wife Nancy, surviving are two daughters, Joanna,
companion, Andrew Scotchlas; and Andrea Hiller; both of Philadelphia;
a sister, Wendy and husband, Tohme Tohme, of Los Angeles, Calif. He is
also survived by loving in-laws, Don and Kate Burke, Alice Burke
Krayer, Noreen Burke, Mary and CJ Hughes; and numerous nieces and
The funeral will be Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.
from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, to be
celebrated by the Rev. Richard Fox, pastor. Interment will be private
at a later date in Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp. The
family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at
Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave.,
Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
In honor and remembrance of Wayne, the family asks that you perform an
act of kindness and consider registering to be an organ donor. This
gift could save a life, as Wayne awaited his to be saved.