Paul Anthony Barrett

Paul Anthony Barrett, 84, of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, died unexpectedly on Sunday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born Nov. 20, 1928, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late John J. and Mary Baltes Barrett.

A graduate of St. Nicholas High School, Paul continued his education at Penn State and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. A Coast Guard veteran, he honorably served our country from 1946 to 1950.

Before retiring, Paul was a postal clerk in the Plains Township office of the U.S. Postal Service for more than 35 years.

Paul was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was an enthusiastic fan of Notre Dame football and New York Yankees baseball.

His sister, Marie Barrett, died in 2003.

A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, the former Amelia "Polly" Rushton; children, Karen Rittel of Luzerne; and Kevin and his wife, Mary Barrett, of Nanticoke; grandchildren, Shawn, Bob, Brad and Ben; great-grandchildren, Riley, Brandon and Cora; a brother, George, and his wife, Rita Barrett, of Mechanicsburg; and nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Paul's life will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of Holy Saviour. Entombment will be in the Mary, Mother of God Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township. Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin's.

Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Paul's family at www.celebratehislife.com.

Published in Times Leader on July 9, 2013