Richard R. Gola, 65, of north Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life unexpectedly Wednesday at his residence.
Born Jan. 15, 1948, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son to the late Ignatius and Anna (Havira) Gola. Educated in the city schools, Rich was a member of the 1965 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Following his education, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army as a military police officer during the Vietnam Conflict.
Until retirement, Mr. Gola worked as the head mechanic for the city of Wilkes-Barre in the Department of Public Works garages for 30 years, repairing all the city vehicles.
He was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish of northeast Wilkes-Barre, having attended the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church all his life.
He also held membership in the teamsters local No. 401 and participated in a traveling dart league with his brother, Bob, for several years.
He, along with his late father, is remembered as being an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan.
In addition to his parents, Richie was preceded in death by a brother, James Gola.
Surviving are brothers, Robert C. and his wife, Arlene Gola, Wilkes-Barre, Joseph T. and his wife, Martikay H. Gola, Mountain Top, and David J. and his wife, Kaye E. Gola, Whitehall; sisters, Louise P. Brown, Jackson, N.J., and Philly G. and her husband, Eugene Walker, Wyoming; his loving companion and friend, Doreen Bawiec, Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services for Rich will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday from the north Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will be celebrant. Interment with rites of committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township. Relatives and friends may join the Gola family for visitation and remembrances 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To send Richie's family online words of comfort, support and friendship at this time, please visit the funeral home's website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.
John V. Morris Funeral Home
625 N. Main Street Wilkes Barre, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2013