Lawrence Paul Reidy, 95, of Williamsport, died Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the Hospice Unit at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Catherine (Stanzione) Reidy.
Born August 13, 1924 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Frank J. and Sarah E. (Murray) Reidy.
Lawrence was a 1942 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, where he played oboe in the band and symphony and in May of 1942 won a position in the all-state band events of the PA School Music Association. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II as part of the 283rd Field Artillery Battalion and participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He was awarded the Bronze Star for performing his duties with exceptional courage and skill.
Returning home he continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Lycoming College in 1952. He was employed by the Grit Publishing Company for 22 years and Lamco Communications before retiring in 1989.
He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and a member of the former Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church where he served many years as a church lecturer. During his retirement he also volunteered many years for Meals on Wheels. Lawrence was a member of the American Legion and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He enjoyed bowling, card games, and making cork trivets and banana holders. Lawrence played in the White Deer retiree’s golf league and during that time achieved a hole-in-one on a PAR 3.
Surviving are a son, Richard A. Reidy and wife Christine of Harrisburg; a daughter, Maureen L. Kosakoski and her husband Joseph of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Melissa Kurmakov (Alex), Jared Kosakoski, Brandon Reidy (Melissa Malone), and Stefanie Kosakoski; three great-grandchildren, Grant, Max and Reid Kurmakov, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by an infant son Girard L. Reidy and nine siblings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, August 29 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9- 9:45 a.m. Thursday, in the portico at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Lawrence’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice or Lebanon VA Medical Center c/0 Eagle Heights Hospice Unit, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave, Lebanon, PA 17042.