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Donald Joseph O'Boyle

February 7, 1929 — December 20, 2011

Donald J. O’Boyle, 82, a lifelong resident of Peckville, died Tuesday at Lackawanna Health and Rehab, Peckville.Born in Peckville, his parents were the late Charles and Helen Gray O’Boyle.  He was a graduate of Blakely High School and held a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton.A self employed electrical engineer, he was also a registered professional engineer and professional land surveyor.  He was employed by Blakely and Olyphant Boroughs as a consulting electrical engineer.He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.He is survived by 2 cousins: Anna-Mae Acquisto, Allentown, PA and Msgr. Philip A. Gray, Dunmore; brother-in-law: Edgar Blake, Peckville.He was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Jean Gray O’Boyle Brislin Zaback and Alberta Gray O’Boyle BlakeDonald’s life was characterized by his love of God, Church, family, friends and his chosen profession as an electrical engineer.  His history of mechanical and electrical engineering for many local and commercial buildings is remarkable.  The contribution of his work of engineering for religious buildings, be it a church building, a religious community building or a university building was extraordinary.He is also remembered as one who would help a member of the family or friend or organization by donating countless hours of design and execution in his given field.This gentle, quiet highly skilled and humble man will be missed, but also remembered.Gratitude and praise is extended to the staff of Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, Peckville, for the care and compassion offered to Donald.Mass will be con-celebrated on Friday at 9:30AM at Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick’s Church, Olyphant.   The Reverend James . Dougher, pastor and Msgr. Philip A. Gray, Pastor Emeritus, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Scranton will co-officiate.Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Blakely.Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 7PM at the Hudak-O’Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Avenue, Olyphant.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  St. Patrick’s Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA, 18447.For directions or on-line condolences, please visit www.hudak-osheafuneralhome.com.
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