Thomas B. Gaylets, 82, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died Monday morning at home. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Eleanor Taroli Gaylets. Wed on Feb. 6, 1954, the couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last Wednesday.
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Born on Feb. 9, 1931, son of the late Andrew and Annetta Johnson Gaylets, Thomas was a graduate of Old Forge High School, class of 1950. A proud and highly decorated Army veteran and P.O.W. of the Korean War, among many accolades he received was the Bronze Star with a V for valor. He was also a member of the P.O.W., Keystone Chapter; the VFW and the American Legion of Edwardsville. He worked as a mason for Taroli Builders; in maintenance for the Pennsylvania Turnpike; and retired as a postal clerk for the Postal Service.
His favorite hobby was woodworking, a pastime he was passionate about. He was a devoted husband and a loving father and the biggest fan of all of his grandchildren.
He is also survived by three children, Raymond Gaylets and wife, Mena, Throop, and their children, Tyler and wife, Eryn; Ryan and Stephen; Thomas Gaylets and wife, Tina, Kingston and their children, Christopher and Brianna; and Mary Biscotti and husband, Dr. Mauer Biscotti, Kingston, and their children, Dr. Mauer III and Matthew; many nieces and nephews.
Many siblings also preceded him in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. Louis T. Kaminski, pastor. Private entombment with military rites by AMVETS honor guard will follow at Fairview Memorial Park Mausoleum in Elmhurst.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KN 66675.
Visit www.KearneyFuner alHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 12, 2013