Leo A. (Lefty) Gilroy, 82, formerly of Mountain Top and Lady Lake, Fla., died Saturday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
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Born in Luzerne, he was the son of the late Leo V. and Agnes Gibbons Gilroy. He was a Korean War veteran, serving with the 11th Airborne Division, and a member of the American Legion DAV. A 60-year member of Iron Workers' Local 489, he served as president and business agent for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faith Rozdilsky Gilroy; daughters, Karen Gilroy, Sandra Roessler and Larissa Gilroy.
Surviving are daughter, Diana Viotti, and husband Larry, Wilmington, Del.; son, Leo Gilroy, and wife Lynn, Kingston, Pa.; grandchildren, Michael and Nicole Viotti, Stefan and Jessica Roessler, Liam A. Gilroy; Alex, Elizabeth and Harrison Ray; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey Larissa Keller-Ray and Mina Sandra Roessler.
Mr. Gilroy enjoyed many things. First and foremost, he loved and enjoyed his family. Always interested in their lives; he listened, guided and supported their efforts. His warmth, kindness and quick smile extended beyond his immediate family to even the most casual acquaintances. He was a passionate college football fan and supporter of The University of Pittsburgh's football program. In addition to college football, he enjoyed playing golf, having recorded a hole-in-one at Sugarloaf Golf course in 1985.
His family would like to thank the people and organizations who provided attentive and compassionate care in his final days: Dr. Daniel Rossi, Dr. James Tricarico, Dr. Fariba Modares, Geisinger East Mountain MS4 nursing staff, and Visiting Nurses Association staff, Joan and Loretta.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains, with the Very Rev. David Shewczyk officiating. Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the
, 71 N. Franklin St., Ste. 106, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Published in Times Leader on Aug. 6, 2013