Richard Gawel Sr.|
Richard Gawel Sr., 53, of Drums, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 25, in the Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after becoming ill while vacationing with his family. He was the husband of Robin (Davis) Gawel. They would have observed their 22nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 19.
Born in Taylor, he was a son of Josephine (Zimak) Gawel of Old Forge and the late Frank Gawel.
He was a 1978 graduate of Old Forge High School and a 1982 graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.He began his career with Carolina Power and Light, Roxboro, N.C. He was a plant manager for the former Constellation Energy, first at its Archbald Cogeneration Plant and later at its Panther Creek Energy Facility, Nesquehoning. The company later merged with Olympus Power, which he retired from in December, 2012. Throughout his career, he authored many technical papers on power plant operations.
- He spent the past 22 years residing in Drums after moving from Old Forge.
He was also a co-owner of Maximum Impact Sports Training, Wilkes-Barre, and was the owner of Gawel Leasing, Inc.
He loved to travel with his family and enjoyed watching sporting events, especially those in which his son participated.
He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Sugarloaf.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are a son, Richard Jr., who will be an incoming freshman at Gettysburg College in the Fall; a brother Frank, and his wife, Darice, of Old Forge; a sister Elaine, wife of Jeffrey Kile of Berwick; two nephews, Frank and Derek Gawel; and a niece, Maya Kile.
He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Ann.
Service: Funeral service 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums; Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 573 State Rt. 93, Sugarloaf. Interment, Bloomingdale Cemetery, Bloomingdale. Call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions in his name may be made for acute leukemia research to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave. No. 202, Wilmette, Ill. 60091, or online at www.leukemia-research.org. Online condolences can be offered and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com.
Published in Times News on July 28, 2014