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WEST PITTSTON — McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!

Kevin J. McGroarty, 53, of West Pittston, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after battling a long fight with mediocracy.

Born 1960 in the Nesbitt Hospital, he was the bouncing baby boy of the late Lt. Col. Edward M. McGroarty and Helen Jane (Hudson) McGroarty, whom the New York Times should have noted as extraordinary parents.

He was baptized at St. Cecilia Church, Exeter, which later burned to the ground, attended Butler Street Elementary, which was later torn down, and middle school at 6th Street in Wyoming, now an apartment building.

He enjoyed elaborate practical jokes, over-tipping in restaurants, sushi and Marx Brother's movies. He led a crusade to promote area midget wrestling, and in his youth was noted for his many unsanctioned daredevil stunts.

He was preceded in death by brother, Airborne Ranger Lt. Michael F. McGroarty, and many beloved pets, Chainsaw, an English Mastiff in Spring 2009, Baron, an Irish Setter in August 1982, Peter Max, a turtle, Summer 1968; along with numerous house flies and bees, but they were only acquaintances.

McGroarty leaves behind no children (that he knows of), but if he did their names would be son, "Almighty Thor" McGroarty; and daughter, "Butter Cup Patchouli."

McGroarty was a veteran of the advertising industry since 1983. McGroarty was a pioneer in Apple computing, purchasing one of the first in the Wyoming Valley in 1985. He would like to remind his friends: "Please, don't email me, I'm dead."

McGroraty was a founding partner of Pyramid Advertising, and finally principal owner of award-winning Rhino Media until 2006. He was also an adjunct instructor at Luzerne County Community College, from 2005-2009.

He will be laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery, section 7N. He asks to please make note of his new address. McGroarty's headstone reads: "I'll Be Right Back," one of his favorite sayings. He leaves this world with few regrets, one being told in grade school, his adult life would see the Hershey candy bar rise in cost to over a dollar. He maintained given the resources and initiative, he would rally the good citizens of the Commonwealth to a revolution that would force that price to its original 35-cent market value, a dream he was not able to fulfill, by his own admission the reason: "I was distracted by many beautiful women."

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to please give generously to the Pennsylvania State Police Troop "P" Camp Cadet Fund.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Cecilia Church of St. Barbara Parish, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, following a brief rant of how the government screwed up all of the Bugs Bunny cartoons trying to censor violence. This will be presented by his attorney, Bret Zankel, Esq. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday in the church.

McGroarty leaves behind a thought for all to ponder, given years of gathering wisdom from different religions and deep study of the Greek philosophers: "It costs nothing to be nice" and "Never stick a steak knife in an electrical outlet."

Arrangements by the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.



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Published in Times Leader from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2014.
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July 24, 2020
Kevin,
Six years.
Miss you dear friend.
XO
dd
July 23, 2019
Five years ago you passed and your obituary spread because of its uniqueness. I stumbled upon it, and I passed it along to family and friends because of the humor and the example it created. It marked a sad day, but included some major life lessons....to appreciate life, to take time to cherish each moment and every person, and most of all to find the humor in every day. You have been a reminder of those tenets whenever you come to mind. Those five years have been filled with many challenges and changes in our lives, as I am sure that they have been for many others as well. It is interesting that you have left such an amazing impact with your words, and that you continue to make the world a better place, even in your absence. Where ever you may be in spirit, may you be at peace and find joy in that impact.

Thank you....from one of the many who can only wish they had known you. The people in your life were the truly lucky ones.
July 23, 2019
Five years ago you passed and your obituary spread because of its uniqueness. I stumbled upon it, and I passed it along to family and friends because of the humor and the example it created. It marked a sad day, but included some major life lessons....to appreciate life, to take time to cherish each moment and every person, and most of all to find the humor in every day. You have been a reminder of those tenets whenever you come to mind. Those five years have been filled with many challenges and changes in our lives, as I am sure that they have been for many others as well. It is interesting that you have left such an amzing impact with your words, and that you continue to make the world a better place, even in your absence. Where ever you may be in spirit, may you be at peace and find joy in that impact.

Thank you....from one of the many who can only wish they had known you.
July 19, 2019
You agree gone but not forgotten my friend
Bill Brennan
July 19, 2019
Maybe gone but never ever forgotten, Kevin, thinking of you and all the crazy antics we pulled off at Wyoming Business Club Xmas Parties will always bring a smile. We were blessed to have you in our lives.
Hal Flack
Friend
December 15, 2018
Kevin and his lust for life and continuance of life is his legacy.
Live on my friend in peace.
Mel Z
December 14, 2018
Happy Birthday a day late.
Tony B
December 13, 2018
Happy Birthday dear friend!
Miss you!
Hugs, dd
November 12, 2018
Still think of you dear friend. Smile on us who will never forget you.
Bridget Fulkerson
November 2, 2018
I'll meet you one day, maybe we can be friends!
Logan
Friend
November 2, 2018
Seems like a great guy!!!
Logan
Friend
July 24, 2018
Very Clever for Kevin! He kept himself alive through our memories for him!
Ramesh Gupta
July 23, 2018
Think of you often buddy - you are missed by many!
Lynda Frushon
July 22, 2018
Kevin
Miss you kind friend.
XO
dd
July 13, 2018
I feel like I know you... Hell, I probably do! Wait for me by the Woodstock repro cloud... I'll see you there. You'll know me... I'll be the girl peeing behind the fake bushes. See you soon.
Enjoy the music and thanx for the smile...
It's Me Angie.
Angela Baldwin
March 17, 2018
Miss you kind friend!
XO
dd
August 22, 2017
We change our bodies as we change our clothes! Kevin must have known this Truth in his mind and he practiced it and let us all know it !
Ramesh Gupta
August 21, 2017
Miss you!
XO
dd
August 3, 2017
WE LIVE ONLY WHEN WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF DYING ! Kevin proved that he lived his life to the fullest!
Ramesh Gupta
August 1, 2017
Never heard of you ( my sorrow) but love your SPIRIT ! Happy to meet you now
Jane Genet
July 27, 2017
Please watch the following video and let me know what you think of it.
I find that it is a way to keep Kevin alive in his mission: there is a life after death.
https://youtu.be/Ux370P6hPnI
Ramesh Gupta
July 26, 2017
I did not know you which is a shame because as per your obituary we could have been great friends. Be just as wild and amazing in the afterlife..... and thank you for brightening my day even after you are gone!
Lynn Evans
July 17, 2017
Peace
July 14, 2017
https://youtu.be/Ux370P6hPnI
Ramesh Gupta
July 13, 2017
Thank you to whoever is keeping Kevin's Guest Book online. It is such a joy to read from time to time. I hope Kevin knows what an inspiration he's been.
Anna
July 13, 2017
Someday I would like to read an autobiography of Kevin.
Ramesh Gupta
July 12, 2017
Once in a while I tell your story to a special person. I'm about to share your humor and your generosity of spirit once again. As long as your friends remember you will always be with us!
Barbara
July 10, 2017
I am happy to see another entry in this book!
Amazing Kevin who was not afraid of death and he convinced us of the hereafter. Fear of death is more harmful than the death itself. We learned that from Kevin!
Ramesh.
Ramesh Gupta
July 9, 2017
As your anniversary approaches again I can't get you out of my head...I miss how we laughed at the simplest things! You made going to the car wash an adventure...there will never be another you! Xo
March 16, 2017
I like to see a post every day!
This removes the fear of death from our minds. Thanks to Kevin Mcgroarty, the immortal among us.
Ramesh Gupta
March 15, 2017
Kevin, I hope the words to this song are not true. "In heaven there is no beer,
that's why we drink it here."
Bob Meeker
September 21, 2016
I didn't know you, but I think I would have liked you. Keep up the good work wherever you are.
Gayle
July 28, 2016
~ Remembering you today. Your words still ringing in and raising smiles~ I still get that urge to stick a knife in the outlet. Always keeping it light, for life is to short to stress.
michele M
July 26, 2016
Miss you dear friend!
XO
dd
July 26, 2016
Passing from one life to another should be a happy occasion because in Hindu religious philosophy it means a liberation of bondage which our life is supposed to be! A person going from one life to another is guide by the eternal light, the light house in the photo!Kevin had that vision and that was his greatness.
Ramesh Gupta
July 25, 2016
Thank you for leaving us smiling! You surely will be greatly missed by your multitude of fans.
Mary Anne Daley
Mary Anne Daley
February 17, 2016
Kevin, If you can read this from heaven, you have very good eyesight. Hope God has a very big radio. We are watching the turtles for you. Miss you like crazy.
Sue
July 26, 2015
Miss you buddy
L Frushon
July 25, 2015
If there is a comedy club up there, and it has a Marque lit up in front of the entrance, I'm sure it's got your name in HUGE LETTERS with TOP BILLING! CONTRATULATIONS, ON YOUR 1 yr anniversary, BEST STANDUP on SNL, if they have one in Heaven!
Dennis DiPentino
July 25, 2015
Summer
July 23, 2015
Im so sad ....I told you I didnt want to know a world without you and I was right--IT SUCKS! I miss you
July 23, 2015
One small, shining light burning in memory of another...
Angela Allred
July 22, 2015
A sad day for us all one year ago today and missing you each day.
dd
April 9, 2015
You bet they are also talking about Kevin!
It is not easy for many people to live a life while they are alive in this world however great is man who have thought of being alive even when leaving this world.The Greeks called Jesus the Christ when Christ mean as "Arisen". Since then Jesus has been always alive for us all. Kevin has been also alive for us all and we can call him Kevin the Krist.May be Kevin is having the last laugh with Jesus at this very moment.
Ramesh.
Ramesh Gupta
March 21, 2015
Kevin! You're awesome! laughter is something all of us need more of! Thanks for thinking of others. Jesus bless his friends and family! :-) I will make it a point to spread more laughs and joy, too! Thanks Kevin!
Valyrie K
January 31, 2015
God has indeed blessed you...now he can do it in person..wish I could have known you ...rest in peace ...
deb blashock
December 19, 2014
If we keep admiring Kevin, one day when are walking and thinking about him, we will have a feeling that he is running up to us and tap on our shoulders. This is our love and admiration for him and his Soul connection with us. This happened to the disciples of Jesus and Greeks named Jesus the Christ, the risen one. The Soul never dies even when it leaves the body.
December 16, 2014
RIP KEVIN...I'LL MEET YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HEAVEN....THEN LAUGH ALL WE WANT!
Anglia Emmendorfer
December 15, 2014
Happy Birthday Kevin...
December 14, 2014
Happy Birthday Kevin
Cynthia Gonzales
December 13, 2014
Happy Birthday my dear friend. I miss you.
xoxo
Missy
December 4, 2014
It appears that I know Kevin more than many people I seem to know who are alive with me. It seems that we know people by knowing their mind rather than any other parts that they have.
I have known more of the mind of Kevin than of any other person even though they claim to be living. Kevin was never afraid of dying and he seems to be living even now. The Greeks would have called him Kevin Christ.
Ramesh Gupta
December 2, 2014
Kevin:

For many years prior to her passing, my precious mother-in-law would give children walking past her place on their way home from school, Hershey bars. I am sure the two of you will find one another! Enjoy the chocolate. . .
Liberty Bell
October 18, 2014
Thanks to The Turtles because they have kept Kevin alive and arisen just as the Greeks did not accept the death of Jesus and they named him as Christ, the arisen one. If we love someone that person will never die. Kevin J. Mcgroarty will never die, again, because just like Jesus Kevin did not have an fear of death.
Ramesh.
October 17, 2014
I hope he "will be right back"....what a guy, yes?
Mel Zeel
October 4, 2014
I keep signing this guest book whenever I get a chance. Kevin has become a more reliable friend than many other friends I have. I thank Turles for this remarkable and unique psychological experience. The people whom we call our friends are memories in our conscious or subconscious minds. Kevin lives in the memories of many in the world. Therefore kevin makes the best friend I have today. Kevin has never given us any pain or disappointment as a friend.
Ramesh Gupta
October 3, 2014
You were such a gentleman and a great friend. You will be missed.
Cynthia Gonzales
September 22, 2014
Didn't know you long enough, but long enough to know that the world was a better place with you in it and that you walked with God. I hope you realized how many lives you touched in this world. Keep the Jamesons on ice for me, my friend!
September 13, 2014
awe I miss ya buddy... I hope your tearN it up....
Jason S
September 6, 2014
From one class clown to the other class clown of 1979, everyone should have seen life through your eyes. It might be a better world. There will never be another Voo. Rest in peace.
Pam Miller-Schott
September 3, 2014
Every time I see this email with other emails for the day, it causes a smile on my face.I believe it can change my outlook for the rest of the day and perhaps for the rest of my life.I will say that Kevin has been a good psychotherapist for all of us. He tops the list of people who have influenced in my thinking.
Ramesh.
Ramesh Gupta
September 1, 2014
By mistake my name was removed. Please accept me again as an admirer of Kevin J. Mcgroarty.
Ramesh.
Ramesh Gupta
August 31, 2014
Any one who is not afraid of death lives on for ever.The only other person who was not afraid of dying was Jesus. He is still alive after more than two thousands of years.Sometimes I let my imagination run wild and I think you are sitting on the right side of God and Jesus on the left and all of you are laughing like the thundering skies.
Ramesh from the Sounds of the heart group at Yahoo.com,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundsoftheHeartGroup
~ Ramesh Gupta, Amherst, New York -
August 30, 2014
We should all have such notable lives. Wish to have known him in pre-room temperature status.

e . murphy (Va)
August 24, 2014
This isn't my first post, but you have given so many a mind awakening, about loving life, living it for all it's worth, and accepting that moment when the booster rockets drop to the earth, (our earthly bodies) and our Spirits find a new speed, Warp 7 as we soar into the heavens. If people who have faith, knew what they say they believe, they would not fear death, they would have ROCK SOLID strength to accept it, and in many cases, welcome it! Death is not an END, it is but a new Beginning, to more freedom, more light, and more joy! You have opened a debate, most people are too afraid to discuss, as it use to make them shutter, and now they can feel free to join in and embrace the joy of shedding your worn out shell and being REBORN in the Best sense of the word!
Dennis DiPentino
August 23, 2014
I have learned from you to not be afraid of death and this fearlessness state of our mind brings humor or a state of happiness in our lives. This could be the answer to all our problems in our lives.What has to happen will happen and if we cannot change any part of it we should accept all of it. As I have said it on August 2nd, you will be with us for ever. We will keep learning more from your life and I hope we will also leave this life without any fear.
Ramesh from the Sounds of the heart group at Yahoo.com,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundsoftheHeartGroup
~ Ramesh Gupta, Amherst, New York
Ramesh Gupta
August 22, 2014
The Hersey Bar? Really? Lost cause. Reese's Peanut Butter cups are way more worth fighting for. Godspeed.
Brooke
August 19, 2014
You were a god among men.
Steph Sweeney
August 12, 2014
Where were you when I lived in Pittston?
God and Jesus must love having you with them! Say hi for me.
August 11, 2014
Yes,to getting the women with his humor. I was at a party at his parents house once and three women thought they were with Kevin! As they spoke to one another they realized and got very angry with him and left! Kevin asked me if I ever heard of a love triangle I said yes, and then he asked how about a love octagon!!! I never forgot that but the funny part is I was the last woman standing...Kevin and I had an understanding for many many years and many more had that understanding too but you were going to laugh and feel like the only woman in the world at the same time! It was ok because it was Kevin! There will never be another Kevin...not for me!
August 11, 2014
I wish I would have known you personally kevin! We need more people like you in the world. God bless your soul and may you rest in peace!
Ashley G
August 10, 2014
Kevin,

A childhood friend that will be missed. Your Mom, Dad and brother were always proud of you and now you are reunited with them.

Joe Fisher
Charlotte, NC
August 10, 2014
He was a really amazing man. He still is. My heart goes out to ALL who knew him and whose lives were richer because of it. Sorry I nver got the chance.
Patti Simmons
August 9, 2014
This is amazing. Sounds like an awesome man to have known. Rest in peace, Kevin!
Heather Han
August 9, 2014
Mahalo Kevin! What A Great Inspiration you are.. Oh yeah, no emails.. : ) May Heaven Embrace your soul Dear One!
Anna
August 8, 2014
He sounds like a great guy
August 7, 2014
Still touching lives from the other side! Way to go Kevin. Love em in life and death....
For those that did not have the pleasure of knowing Kevin missed out on one great Human being.
Tami Lanunziata
August 7, 2014
Kevin you were such a good person!!Loved to hear him n George sing at Pattes!!!! He was always very nice to me n my children we will never forget him!! He made the best logo for my son moving company and always supported what my son did.Everyone can see his logo on his truck n shirts Semper Fi Moving we will always have him in our thoughts.He will never be forgotten!!!and sadly missed. The Wojcik family
Denise wojcik
August 6, 2014
thanks for making me smile. i was suicidal less than 24 hours ago and you made me remember what its like to smile. thanks.
sondra
August 6, 2014
Hey Kev................ I'll meet you in the afterbirth.....,,,,, er....ah afterlife.

Dan Mowrey
Dan Mowrey6 Weaver Road
August 6, 2014
I wish that I had the pleasure of meeting you in my many travels. Your Humor even in death says it all. R.I.P Kevin
Gloria J Thomas
August 6, 2014
You are the kind of guy to know Kevin. It's pity that I wasn't lucky enough to know you(at least when you were alive).
Maanas M
August 6, 2014
An Explosion of Sunset Humor
I certainly hope that Kevin was real, as he truly deserved to be. If he had been around in the early 1970's, we needed this guy at the poker table and out on the town on Friday nights. Kevin's fight for the return of the $0.10 Hershey Bar should continue.
John Henderson
August 6, 2014
Wonderful to stumble upon this from all places as a YouTube link, but that's how we get our information nowadays. Your 'mediocrity' lives on, Kevin. RIP.
Mark Salmi
August 6, 2014
I'm sorry I didn't meet you here on earth and probably won't meet you in heaven as I am headed to the other place to be with my dad and his golf buddies.
mark h
August 6, 2014
God bless you, Kevin!
Mary Elizabeth Morris-Mickulik
August 6, 2014
I don't think condolences would be wanted here. Instead, a "thank you", a smile throughout my day. Maybe I'll look you up at your new address just to pay my respects. Truly ,a wise man. :)
Eva K
August 6, 2014
I wish I could have known Kevin personally. He had a great sense of humor and I believe his purpose in life was to bring some happiness to others. I'll bet he's smiling right now knowing his "advertising" obit will live on for a very long time, bringing smiles to many, many more people over the years. Bless you Kevin! What a sweet guy!
Judy Cash
August 6, 2014
What a great guy. We need more like him.
Dale Head
August 6, 2014
I am writing to the people who knew him and are still alive. It must have been really good hanging out with Kevin.
Shoichi Kanzaki
August 6, 2014
I, too, have few regrets but I will add to that small list, never having had the fun of meeting you!
jerry spencer
August 5, 2014
Thanks for the lough. Call me when you get back. else I'll see you there.
Geta Mckonnen
August 5, 2014
Your written stone is perfect ha!
Yam Valle
August 5, 2014
God bless your soul. Thank you for making me laugh today.
Mike
August 5, 2014
I truly hope that when it's my time, I am able to meet you. Your obituary has more life than most of the people I associate with. Until that day, rest well, sir.
nikki
August 5, 2014
R.I.P. a bheith tinn ar ais ceart, Dia Duit. (I'll be right back, god be with you)
Cíara Ní Duinn
August 5, 2014
Absolutely fantastic
Like everyone else
I wish I had known him
God speed and thanks for the advice
Stephanie Stark
August 5, 2014
way to go. You had a good life.
mark
August 5, 2014
Brittany McCoy
August 5, 2014
I am so sorry that we never met...having just now read the most extraordinary, uplifting obituaries of my life! RIP and hope to see you someday!
Nanci Zatkiewicz
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