Thomas J. Gilbride

Thomas J. Gilbride, 73, of Scranton, died Friday at home. He and his wife, the former Barbara Pivovarnik, celebrated 45 years of marriage on July 4.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Francis and Alice Walsh Gilbride, he attended North Scranton Junior High School and Holy Rosary Grade School. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the Air Force who was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, where he was an instructor in the boot camp obstacle course. Before retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for HCSC, Scranton. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. He was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Teamsters Union Local 229 for more than 40 years. For 18 years, he served as a state constable and was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was a friend to many who showed his love for you by joking, and was always willing to lend a hand without being asked. To know him was to love him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank all family members and friends for their love and support during this difficult time. Also, Commonwealth Hospice nurse Donna Colburn and nurse's aide Nancy Mattioli. Also, Drs. Liptock and Gilhooley and their staffs.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas J. Gilbride and wife, Doreen; two daughters, Alice Marie McDermott and husband, Michael; and Barbara Ann Gilbride; two granddaughters, Marissa McDermott and Brianna Habeeb; three grandsons, Michael McDermott, Connor and Brian Gilbride, all of Scranton; a brother, Duke Gilbride and wife, Laura, Holiday, Fla.; a sister, Mary Margaret Hall and husband, Donald, Scranton; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Gilbride.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., Scranton, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, William Street, Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Friends attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

Viewing, Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church or Commonwealth Hospice.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 13, 2013