John "Jack" F. Walsh


John “Jack” F. Walsh, 72, of the Minooka section of Scranton, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on May 13th after a brief illness. Jack was born in Scranton on November 14, 1951, son of the late Joseph and Mary Langan Walsh. After Jack graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1970, he served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam crisis. After his military service, he went on to become a freight conductor, first for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, then for Conrail until 1989. Jack met his best friend Betsy (or Charlie as he so affectionately called her) at South Scranton Junior high school, and they went on to get married in 1972, just recently celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary in March. Jack and Betsy have two children, Jennifer Crosland with husband Joseph, and Jack Jr. with wife Tracy. Jack was a current member, and past president, of the Minooka Lions Club. He was also a current member of the American Legion Post #568 in Minooka, and a lifetime member of the NE Detachment Marine Corps League as well as a past president of the Minooka Lions Autism Awareness Foundation. Always proud of his Irish Heritage, he built the family home in the heart of Minooka. He was also very proud of his efforts to raise funds for various Autism organizations throughout the local area and the many friendships he made being an honorary member of the Paul Bickelman Memorial Lodge FOP 46. Jack will always be known for his sharp wit, sense of humor, excellent memory, his love of the Beatles, Coors Light and fireworks on the 4th of July. He perfected the art of retirement, he spent his time enjoying his family, especially his granddaughters Cera Crosland, Gabriella and Lydia Walsh and step granddaughter Clara Pulinka, who will always wonder who Walter Cronkite really was. He also enjoyed taking vacations down to Florida with his friends the Cerminaro’s and being the self-appointed Head of Transportation for Montage Motors. Jack was preceded in death by his brother James Walsh, niece Tracy Walsh and sister-in-law Patricia Walsh. He is survived by his brothers Joseph and Michael Walsh, and sister Marguerite Kobrick (Dave) as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Geisinger hospitals and the Highland Manor in Exeter for their compassionate care during Jack’s illness. Friends may call Thursday from 5-7pm at the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave, Scranton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10am at Divine Mercy Parish on Davis Street in Scranton. Those wishing to attend mass may go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Minooka Lions Club, P.O. Box 4071 Scranton, PA 18505


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Gary Duncan

My heartfelt condolences to Betsy & the entire family. Jack was a tireless supporter of autism awareness, a true advocate for so many, & a truly good soul. May his memory be a blessing.

Ann Kovach

I'm so sorry to hear of Jack's passing, I met him at the Y taking the water aerobic classes. He was a great guy.

Pat Crosland

May your family find peace,as transitions are hard know you have each other to lean on...

Denise Gursky

My deepest condolence’s to the entire family. May you find peace, comfort and strength during this very difficult time. He will live on in the beautiful memories you have and in your hearts. With much love, Denise

Thomas Diskin

Jack, you were part of the Minooka history. I always thought that Minooka Was a portal and all who lived there were ascended masters. We all shared a Special love for one another. God bless you and all your family Tolucatommyboy