Thomas P. Henry

Thomas Patrick Henry, 78, of Indian Trail, Jim Thorpe, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. He was married to the former Dolores Tarone for 49 years.
He was a heavy equipment operator for Kingston Traprock, Kingston, N.J., for 10 years, and then was employed by the Orkin Structural Steel Co., Slatington, for 25 years before retiring. He later was a part-time janitor for St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
Born in Hazleton, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Duffy) Henry, and was a lifetime resident of the Jim Thorpe area.
He was a graduate of the former Mauch Chunk Catholic High School and the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport.
Henry served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe.
He was a leader with the Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years and a scoutmaster for 18 years. He was co-founder of Troup 555.
The deceased was a home association member of the Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, and a charter member of the Penn Forest Fire Co.
He was a seventh and eighth grade boys' basketball coach for the Catholic Youth Organization for eight years; a director of the Bear Creek Lakes Civic Association for 21 years; and a member of the Jim Thorpe Area School Board for 12 years.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Patrick, and his wife, Carla, of Nazareth, and William, and his wife, Melanie, of Orangeville; a sister, Ellene Hrinda of Jim Thorpe; and three grandchildren, Nicole, Sam and Jacob.
He was also predeceased by a brother John; and a nephew Fred Hrinda.
Service: Mass of the Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim Thorpe, with the Rev. Francis J. Baransky officiating. Interment with military honors, parish cemetery, Jim Thorpe. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday in the church. Arrangements by Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Contributions in his name may be made to a .

Published in Times News on Jan. 4, 2013