Obituary of Patrick J. McGinnis
Patrick J. McGinnis, 65, entered into rest Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, PA.
Pat, known as ‘P.T.’ to many close to him, was born in Scranton, a son of the late James J. and Lucy C. (Formica) McGinnis of Jessup. He attended Cathedral High School in Scranton and was a member of the first graduating class of Valley View High School in Archbald. He attended Penn State Scranton and earned a degree from what is now Johnson Technical College in Scranton.
Pat was a true patriot who loved his country. Shortly after graduating high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served three years during the Vietnam era. He then joined the U.S. Army National Guard, serving overseas in Germersheim Army Depot between 2002-03, and retiring after 27 years as a noncommissioned officer. Representative of his military commitment, Pat’s signature headwear was a U.S. Army envelope cover with a U.S. Marines medallion displayed prominently in the middle. He was never without his hat, one of his most cherished possessions.
After serving in the Marines, Pat entered the workforce holding several positions in industry. While working at Eureka in Jessup, he met the love of his life and wife of 36 years, Helene (Egnotovich) McGinnis, who survives. After 30 years Pat retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot as a sheet metal mechanic in 2013.
Pat was one of the great storytellers. With a kind sense of humor and keen eye for the hilarious, he could make the most mundane of experiences seem fascinating and funny. His stories provided the perfect balance of empathy and embellishment, delivered in such a way that the listener never questioned the line between fiction and fact. Everything he did seemed like an adventure, and very often it was!
Pat could hold the interest of adults with ease, but it was how he related to children that made him most special. He carried a childlike sense of joy and wonder with him everywhere. Whether suited up as Santa or the Easter Bunny during the holidays, using silly voices, or playing plastic army men with his nieces and nephews, Pat held a special place in the heart of the children who knew him. His legacy is carried on by the scores of children for which he was a favorite uncle, friend of the family, or “GrandPat” as he was known to his step grandchildren and the youngest generation of grand nieces and nephews.
Pat loved model trains, a thread of interest that was fostered in his youth and transcended adulthood. Train collecting blended what he valued the most in life – childhood, family, and getting a good deal! His regular travel to regional train shows was the backdrop for many an adventure fraught with hijinks, elusive “finds”, and new trains to try out at home.
Pat also had a passion for the outdoors, fostered by family hikes with his father and brothers in his youth and reinforced by his military experiences. For Pat, the destination was not as important as the journey and the people he met along the way. In 2016 his love for adventure led him to raise several thousand dollars for cancer research as a participant in the “Susan G. Komen 3-day”, a hike that spanned 60 miles in southeastern PA.
Pat was a master of the “stop-in” visit – making regular rounds to see the people he loved or calling them when he was too busy or too far away. In many ways, he was the glue that filled the gaps of both distance and time, long before Facebook and Twitter. Each visit was accompanied by a new story and a reminder of the importance of family. Pat’s contributions to family will be sorely missed.
In addition to his wife, Pat is survived by stepchildren, Dante Ceccarelli (fiancé Cindy Gruszkiewicz), Jessup, and Angela Ceccarelli, Archbald, grandsons, Cody and Tanner Daniels, siblings, James McGinnis III, Dorset, VT, Mary Lucille (John) Arrigan, Pleasant Mount, John (Marie) McGinnis, West Chester, Gerald (Margaret) McGinnis, State College, Robert (Kathleen) McGinnis, Newtown, an aunt, Catherine (Formica) White, Catonsville, MD, 27 nieces and nephews, and 41 grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy (Joseph) Castellani, Jessup, and a brother, Donald (Patricia) McGinnis, Scranton.
The funeral will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018, with Mass of Christian burial at 10 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montdale. Friends may call from 9 to 10 AM at the church. Arrangements are under the care of the Margotta Funeral Homes. For online condolences or directions go to www.margottafuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
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