Patrick F. Gerrity, 64, Moosic Lakes, Jefferson Twp., Pa., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth Hennigan Gerrity.
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Born in Scranton, Pat was the son of the late John and Ellen Miskell Gerrity. He graduated from Central High School and Keystone College.
Pat can best be described as a gentle man, quiet and unassuming. He was a man of quick wit, an artist and a prolific reader. His most endearing quality of all was his devotion to his family. Honor, courage and commitment - he lived his life based on his beliefs: love of family, love for and loyalty to his country, followed by "everything else."
Pat's deep insight and creativity led him to a professional career as an electrical designer. His career began with Thunder Projects, Vestal, N.Y. His twenty-year experience with the firm and the expertise he demonstrated there subsequently led to his association with Highland Associates, Clarks Summit; GSGS & B, Clarks Summit; CEE, Pittston; Greenman Pederson, Moosic; and Arris Engineering, Wilkes-Barre.
Forever proud of his country, Pat served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Nitro AE-23. These years of service left a strong and lasting impression, defining his principles and guiding how he lived his life and raised his sons.
Proud father of three sons, Patrick, Brendan and Michael, his family was his life. He became a loving and doting grandfather to Mikey, Aiden and Cole.
A man with a passion for the arts, he himself was a talented artist and oil painting became his love. He was a prolific reader and a self-taught art historian. He greatly admired the Impressionist painter, John Willard Raught and the other Pennsylvania Impressionists. Pat found great solace and peace in the subtleties, color and graceful nuances of nature. Its beauty, depth and majesty were creatively captured in his own paintings. His interests were varied and also included politics, world history and family genealogy.
His family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to Edward Dzielak, D.O., Scranton, and the doctors and nurses of the Fox Chase Cancer Center: Walter J. Scott, M.D., Prashant Shah, M.D., Robit Kumar, M.D. and Srikanth Parsi, M.D.
Also surviving are three sons, Patrick and his wife, Jennifer of Scranton; Brendan and his wife, Sarah of Media, Pa.; and Petty Officer First Class Michael Gerrity, San Diego, Calif.; a brother, John "Jake" Gerrity and his wife, Kathy of Conshohocken, Pa.; sisters, Joanne Gerrity Gleason of Scranton; Ellen Gerrity McCormick and her husband, Peter of Collingswood, New Jersey; and Karen Gerrity of Dunmore; beloved grandsons, Mikey, Aiden and Cole; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jimmy Gleason.
Everyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Interment with military honors, Dunmore Cemetery.
Due to the generosity and support shown to Ruth and Pat during his illness, well wishers are encouraged to send donations in honor of Patrick Gerrity to the
, 110 West Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012.
For directions, to share a memory or leave an online condolence, please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.
Vanston & James Funeral Home Inc
1401 Ash St
Scranton, PA 18510
Published in Scranton Times on May 1, 2014