Joseph John Gilchrist, 59, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 23, at home.
He was born on December 11, 1953. He was the son of the late Willliam S. Sr. and Rose Marie Ross Gilchrist. Joseph graduated from Old Forge High school in 1971, and later went on to attend Valley Forge Military Academy. He spent much of his younger years working for his family business, Gilchrist Trucking, as a driver and a mechanic. He recently worked as a construction foreman for TSE Inc., Dunmore.
Joseph cherished spending time with his family. He loved vacationing with them in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, especially. He adored his children and grandchildren. Joseph was just filled with love and used his big heart to show it. He would do anything for anyone and would give you the shirt off his back. Just a gentle, kind soul, he was a very loving father to his three children: daughters, Krista and her husband, Eric Bertocki, Duryea; Marisa and her husband, Larry Semenza of Old Forge; and son, Joseph John Jr. and his wife, Paula Gilchrist of Moosic. The happiest and proudest years of his life were when he became a grandfather. He had so much fun spending time with and loved beyond words his grandchildren, Keith, Johnny, Aiden, Adrianna, Gino, Vito, Justin and Madison. His ninth grandchild was just born this past February, Joseph William.
He used many of his own experiences to try his best to help others to get back onto the right path in life, and better the lives of many individuals. The lives of the people he touched are countless. His entire life revolved around helping others. He also had a great sense of humor and you were sure to be laughing in the first few minutes with him; you never left him without a smile on your face and love in your heart.
He was a very loving brother to his sister, Barbara Abbott and husband, Russell of Old Forge, to whom he would call daily just to talk. He also leaves behind his brother, William S. Gilchrist Jr. and wife, Josephine, of Moosic; and his former wife, and very dear friend, Debbie Gilchrist of Pittston. He also had so much admiration for many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Gilchrist.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Parish, in Old Forge, to be celebrated by Rev. Joseph F. Cipriano, former pastor. Those wishing to attend the funeral are asked to go directly to the church. Interment, Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday between 5-8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge.
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