John T. Walsh

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John T. "Jack" Walsh, 92, of Scranton, died Thursday in his home.

Born in Scranton, son of the late John T. and Mary Malone Walsh, he enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from Holy Rosary Catholic High School. He served his country during World War II as a technician fourth grade, Company B, 3186th Signal Service Battalion. Returning home to North Scranton after the war to care for his ailing mother, he worked for PPG Industries for 20 years and consistently won top salesman honors before leaving to join the federal government at Tobyhanna Army Depot, from which he retired many years later.

Proud of his Irish heritage — his parents hailed from Ireland — he was also a lifelong devoted member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and supported his parish with pride and generosity.

Always ready with a hearty greeting and a heart-felt smile, Jack took delight in personally knowing hundreds of Lackawanna County residents by name and a thousand more by face. Known for his gentle sense of humor, sharp, detailed memory and diplomatic eloquence with the spoken and written word, he was a lifelong student of American history who loved gardening and Notre Dame football.

Surviving are his sister-in-law, Mary Walsh, Harrisburg; four nephews, John T. Coggins, Valparaiso, Ind.; Mark J. Walsh, Richmond, Va.; Paul M. Walsh, Dillsburg; and Gerard B. Walsh, Harrisburg; three nieces, Anne M. Coggins Humphrey, Naperville, Ill.; Colleen C. Coggins Carroll, Schaumburg, Ill.; and Laurie Walsh, Audubon; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Martin F., Thomas and Robert E. Walsh; and two sisters, Margaret "Peg" Coggins and Mary "Mae" Walsh.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 320 William St., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 8 until the time of Mass. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton, PA 18508. Arrangements, Knight-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., Scranton.
Published in Scranton Times on June 10, 2009