Joseph Richard Gilroy
Joseph Richard "Dick" Gilroy, 87, of Sunbury, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving children on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at his home.
He was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Scranton, a son of late Joseph and Grace (Gownley) Gilroy. He was married to the former Margaret Mary Delaney "Margie D" who he loved and cherished with all his heart. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2003.

Dick graduated in 1950 from St. Paul High School, and continued his education at the University of Scranton.
He started his career with Met Life in Scranton in 1955 and was promoted to the Pottsville area in 1958. In 1973, he was promoted to regional manager in the Sunbury area with Met life until he retired in 1996.
He was a member of Saint Monica's Catholic Church, and also a member of Camp IREM Hunting Club for 40 years. He was member of Sunbury Social club, and a lifelong member of the East End Fire company where he enjoyed many Happy Hour's with his friends.
In his spare time, Dick loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He always looked forward to the family beach trips and weekends at the hunting cabin, and also the grandchildren's sporting events. He enjoyed spending time on the golf course, and would frequently get rounds in at Indian Hills and Three Ponds golf courses.

Dick is survived by two sons and six daughters and their spouses, Michael and Cathy Gilroy of Sunbury, Kevin and Lynn Gilroy of Paxinos, Marianne and Steve Marino of Scranton, Marigrace and Michael Canfield of Tamaqua, Maribeth and Scott Karpinski of Sunbury, Marita and Ray Mannello of Winfield, MaryKate and Bill Walling of Lewisburg, and Mary Margaret Hilkert of Lewisburg: 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by one son, Patrick Joseph; and two sisters, Joan Malone and Judith Neary.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 12, at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, at St. Monica Catholic Church, Market Street, Sunbury.
Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Evangelical Hospice of Lewisburg.
Published on November 10, 2019


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Maria Harris
Nov 14, 2019
Oh Missy, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. Hugs💗
John Gross
Nov 14, 2019
Dear Gilroy children & extended families: So sorry to learn of Dick's passing. I was fortunate enough to share a few rounds of golf & a few beverages & a few laughs with him over the years. He was a good man. And leaves a helluva legacy. All you kids. Rest in peace buddy! It was well earned.
Lynne and Paul Fear
Nov 13, 2019
My favorite cousin, wish we could have spent more time together. You and your beautiful family will always be in our hearts.
Andrea Rutz
Nov 12, 2019
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John, Jack, Ben and Adam Thorne
Nov 12, 2019
Dick was such a wonderful family man. His memory will live long in the hearts of his family.
Janie Rehnert
Nov 12, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gilroy family. Rest In Peace Dick.
Adam & Karen Wojtowicz
Nov 12, 2019
We’re so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad/grandfather. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you. ❤️
Scott Boop
Nov 11, 2019
My condolences to all the family and friends whose lives we're touched by Dick.

Dick, I consider it an honor and privilige that you held me as your friend. I will certainly miss our near daily meet and greets at our favorite refreshment spot up on the hill. I'll tell you now as I always did then, "keep the shiny side up my friend." RIP Buddy.
Nina Jo
Nov 11, 2019
I know I can't be their for you but you are very love and will be missed...Cathy and Mike my love and hugs to you both...I love you
Kathy Wigoda
Nov 11, 2019
So so sorry to hear of your great loss
Prayers for peace
Bill/Sue Schaeffer
Nov 11, 2019
Our prayers and condolences to the entire Gilroy family during these tough and trying times.
RIP Richard