Joseph J. English, a resident of Waverly for the past 45 years, died unexpectedly Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn Holzman English, in 2006.
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Born October 10, 1934, in Scranton, son of the late Harold and Alice Murphy English, Joe served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marines as a Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare Instructor and was present at the testing of the hydrogen bombs in Nevada. He worked for more than 25 years as a sheet-metal worker and served as the Business Manager for Sheet Metal Workers Local 44. Joe was a Waverly Twp. police officer for many years before becoming Chief of Police of Glenburn Twp., a post he held for more than 17 years. Prior to his retirement in 2006, he served as the Chief of Police of Clarks Summit Borough.
Over the course of his career, he also served, with his wife Evelyn, as a Constable in Lackawanna County and they were both very active in the Lackawanna County Republican Party. He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, Northeastern Detachment, Sheet Metal Workers Local 44, the Fraternal Order of Police and a former member of the Lackawanna County Chiefs of Police Association.
An avid hunter, Joe loved to travel out west. He loved to read and could often be found lost in a book, especially anything related to history or trains.
Surviving are a daughter, Cindy Selinsky and husband, Bob, of Olyphant; and a son, John and wife, Cherie, of Scranton; four granddaughters, Kimberly Parry and husband, Chad; Stephanie Brislin and husband, Shawn; Allison Dolinak and fiancé, Steve Neishell; and Nicole Dolinak; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Neishell and Nathan Dolinak; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his wife of nearly five years, Mary Hood English.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph English; brothers, Harold, Donald, Frank and Gerard English; and a sister, Marion Gardner.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Interment with military honors will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps League, Northeastern Detachment, 1340 Alder St., Scranton, PA 18505. Please visit www.sol fanellifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to send an online condolence.
Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home
1030 N Main Ave
Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 30, 2013