"His heritage to us wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a Christian, husband, father and a man."
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Thomas Patrick Walsh, 64, of Blakely, went to be with the Lord Jesus on Friday, June 28, 2013, but not before leaving us with many intangible treasures.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Thomas and Margaret Walsh, he was a graduate of Emmaus Bible College, which he attended on the G.I. Bill after proudly serving his country in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his graduation, Emmaus created and awarded him the first-ever Christian Service Award, in recognition of his door-to-door evangelism throughout the city of Chicago. As a young man, he gave much of his time at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago providing for the physical and spiritual needs of the less fortunate. His life was the subject of an episode of "UNSHACKLED!", a radio series chronicling the changing power of Christ's love in an individual's life. He participated in missions trips with Operation Mobilization in Mexico and Europe. For many years, he taught adult Sunday School and children Super-Church at Peckville Assembly of God. More recently, he ministered at Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance and held weekly home bible studies. He was employed and made many great friends for nearly 15 years as a computer technician at Keystone Automotive Operations, Exeter. Next to spending time with his family, he enjoyed fishing, his wife's cooking, studying the Bible, helping others and sharing his love for Christ at every opportunity. Everyone who knew him was touched by his endless generosity and his deep faith. His final selfless gift to others was through the Gift of Life Foundation as an organ donor.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Laurie Angelbeck Walsh, whom he met while serving as assistant pastor at Grace & Peace Fellowship, Cranford, N.J.; and his pride and joy, his three children, Francis (Frank), Rebekah (Becky) and Hannah. Also very close to his heart were his sister, Margaret Ann Walsh and her daughter, Brittany Piowarski; aunts, Ann Nichols and Alice Torba; as well as his in-laws, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and elder brother, Francis.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Hudak-O'Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant, by the Rev. Ernest W. Drost. Interment will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Scott Twp.
Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance, 8 W. Olive St., Scranton, PA 18508.
If Tom were asked to summarize his life in one sentence, he would say, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!" To learn more about Christ and how he can change your life, please call 1-877-772-4559.
For directions or online condolences, please visit www.hudak-osheafuneral home.com.
Hudak-O'Shea Funeral Home, Inc. - Olyphant
115 Garfield Avenue
Olyphant, PA 18447
Published in Scranton Times on June 30, 2013