Lt. John T. Allardyce, Navy retired, Lake Ariel, died Saturday morning in Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. His wife of 45 years is the former Jane Wescoe.
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Born in Newark, N.J., he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret O'Malley Allardyce. He was a member of St. Thomas More/St. Mary's Parish Community, Lake Ariel. Before retirement, he had served in the Navy for 29 years. During his service, he earned a Bronze Stars with a "V" for valor for saving the lives of several crew members when his ship, the USS Higbee, was bombed off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. He was past commander and member of Paul A. Sweeney American Legion Post 807; a life member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, as well as the Fleet Reserve Association.
Also surviving are daughters, Kristen Sweeney and son-in-law, John Schwartz, Hawley; and Sonja Allardyce, Lake Ariel; a son, Michael and wife, Darla, Camp Hill; a stepson, Keith Brislin, Honesdale; a sister, Sonja Jacobs, Florida; a brother, Michael, Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, John, Sean, Ryan and Audrey; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Staff Sgt. Paul A. Sweeney, who died in Afghanistan on Oct. 30, 2003, while serving with the Special Forces Airborne Division.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel. All who plan on attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Cremation will follow the Mass in Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ledgedale. Military services will be conducted by members of Paul A. Sweeney American Legion Post 807.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Staff Sgt. Paul A. Sweeney American Legion Post 807, c/o Jim English, 851 Easton Turnpike, Lake Ariel, PA 18436, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 26, 2012