First Posted: 3/21/2012
Paul Joseph Gilroy, 90, Clarks Summit, died Monday, March 12, in Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Northeast PA. after a brief illness. His beloved wife of 50 years, the former Joyce Longstreet, died in 2002. Paul’s selfless devotion to his wife was exemplified by the care he gave her during the 5 years preceding her death.
He was born April 24, 1921, in Dunmore and was the son of the late Paul and Josephine Trotta Gilroy. He had lived in Clarks Summit since 1956. He was a 1939 graduate of Dunmore High School. He attended The University of Scranton before transferring to Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc., where he received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949.
Paul was inducted into the Army on August 7, 1942. Honorably serving his country, he sailed to North Africa in 1943 to escort German prisoners of war to Camp Hamilton, N.Y. After returning to North Africa, he traveled to Italy via British ships. On Friday May 19, 1944, Sergeant Gilroy was one of 11 soldiers who rolled into the town of Gaeta, Italy, in a reconnaissance car while Nazi miners and sappers were engaged in sowing boobytraps and other obstacles in the path of the Allied forces. The Germans expected the Allied forces to assault the strong Nazi fort at Gaeta, but instead the fort was bypassed and the town was taken by Sergeant Gilroy and his comrades.
Sgt. Gilroy returned home on leave in 1945 after his service in Italy. The war ended very soon thereafter as did Gilroy’s service to our country.
His professional career as a Mechanical Engineer began when he joined the firms of Dupont, Bellante & Clause, and Babcock & Wilcox, between 1952 and 1957. He continued his career as a Mechanical Engineer, having been employed by VonStorch & Burkavage in 1958, Burkavage & Evans, and retiring from Burkavage Design Associates in 1989.
Paul was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit.
Paul loved baseball and golf and could always be found watching the Golf Channel and reading Golf magazine. His grandchildren were the joy of his life and he loved talking to them and teaching them tricks.
The family would like to thank the physicians and nurses of Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Northeast Pa. as well as the 8th floor of Regional Hospital of Scranton for their kindness and compassion.
Surviving are two daughters, Christine Ann Gilroy, Clarks Summit, with whom he resided; Paula Jean Gilroy and her husband, Philip Patton, Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sisters, Rose Nardozzi and Catherine Pachuk, both of Dunmore; two granddaughters, Noelle and Elise Patton, both of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Greene and Mary Dean.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship House, 1509 Maple St., Scranton, PA 18505
Arrangements are being made by the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. To send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.