Barr Gartley

Barr Gartley, a kind and gentle man who lived for his family, lost his battle with cancer Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Barr truly did live for his family and was a fixture at any events involving his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His favorite way to spend time was watching his family, but especially his grandsons, Shamus, Joshua and Ian, participate in sports. He rarely missed a game or match and could always be seen recording the score and information about the event in one of his always present pocket notebooks.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 14, 1933, Barr was the son of the late Edgar and Edith (Barr) Gartley. Following his graduation from Coughlin High School, Barr proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Until his retirement, he was the longtime warehouse manager for the former Pomeroy's Department Store chain and worked briefly for Geisinger. He was a member and Past Master of the Landmark Lodge 442 of the Fraternal Order of Masons. He was also a member of the Polish American Veterans Club and a former member of the Lions Club.

In addition to his parents, Barr was preceded in death by his son, Kevin, in 2011; infant sister, Jacqueline; sister, Shirley (Evans); and brother, Edgar.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 52 years, Mary (Ward) Gartley; his daughter, Lisa Gartley, Wilkes-Barre; his sons, Barr Gartley, Wilkes-Barre; and Scott Gartley and his wife, Tina Gartley, Plains Township. He is also survived by three grandsons, Shamus, Joshua and Ian Gartley, Plains Township; sister, Phyllis Carey, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Margaret Collins, Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.

The Gartley family would like to thank Dr. Edward Stachowiak and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Oncology Associates and Hahnemann University Hospital for their extraordinary care and compassion.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict's Church, Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Shavertown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Barr's love of children, the family is requesting that donations be made to Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, 600 Centerview Drive, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033, for the outstanding care provided to Barr's grandson and great nephew. Condolences can be sent to the family at:

Funeral Home

E. Blake Collins Funeral Home
159 George Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705

Published in Citizens' Voice from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2013