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Gerry McGroarty

March 25, 2022


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Gerry McGroarty

March 25, 2022


On Friday, March 25, 2022, Gerry McGroarty, 67, of Wilkes-Barre, passed surrounded by his family.


He was born in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Daniel and Florence McGroarty. Gerry attended Holy Savior grade school, Coughlin High School and earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Penn Foster College. He also completed Graduate Builders Institute (1993-1996) with Home Builders Institute and a two-year Executive Development Program with MTC University (2010-2012).


Gerry entered the Plaster’s and Cement Masons Union Local 150 in 1973 and was a general foreman with Culp Brothers. He mastered the skill of ornamental ceilings and showed his artistic talent in many homes and churches throughout the state. Gerry educated the craft at Red Rock Job Corps and performed his leadership to regional director for Management Training Corporation. He was then an executive director with Wilkes-Barre City, taking pride with the city team of refurbishing every playground and playing fields for the youth of the area. The parks and fields were known to be the most prestigious in the state at the time. Gerry then traveled to Keystone Job Corps and continued to progress the lives of youth as Deputy Director and then returned to Red Rock as Center Director (ResCare) before retiring. He left a legacy having respect and care with compassion and having campuses, facilities and playing fields in impeccable appearance of any position he was employed throughout his life.


Gerry coached many youth programs at the YMCA, CYC, St. Therese Little Leagues, South Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks and soccer at Meyer’s High School for many years. He was the Assistant District Administrator for District 16 baseball when District 16 was the largest district in the world. Gerry was also the president of St. Therese Little League and the treasurer of both the South Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks and the Jared Grohowski Foundation. Gerry was also on the board of directors for the St. Therese Little League, South Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks and the Catholic Youth Center.


Gerry was married to the former Catherine Hurley, with whom he just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. He is also survived by his son Christopher McGroarty, Philadelphia; son Gerry and his wife Krista Mitchell McGroarty, Kingston; daughter Kelly and her fiancé Chris Davy and grandson Christopher (CJ), Wilkes-Barre Township; his siblings, Mary Ellen Folta and her husband Dave, MD; Danny McGroarty and his wife Natalie, Pittston; Tom McGroarty and his wife JoAnne, Wilkes-Barre; Joan Caffrey and her husband Ned, Hanover Township; mother-in-law Mary Hodgson, Wilkes-Barre; in-laws, Trish Hurley Bailey, WV; Jim and Becky Hurley, WV; Lenny Brady, Mayfield; Noreen Hurley and Rob Phillips, Pittston; Patrick and Allison Hurley, WV;  Heidi and Mel Derhammer, Picture Rocks; Jamie Hodgson, Nanticoke.


Gerry is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews: John, Brian and Jenna Bailey; Nick, James and Matthew Hurley; Jonathan and Tyler Brady; Patrick and Katie Hurley; Timmy, Jennifer, Pam and Mike Folta; Renee, Danielle and Nicki Phillips; Emily, Amanda, Mel and Robert Derhammer; Zach and Eva Hodgson; Brian and Danny McGroarty; Jordan McGroarty; Patrick, Thomas and Kevin Caffrey; along with several cousins, Mary, Ann, Jackie and Joe McGroarty; John and Mary Ann McGroarty; John, Tommy, Maureen and Peggy Hanlon; Danny Schramm; and Maureen Moore.

Preceded in death by sister-in-law, Mae Hurley Brady.


Gerry’s family was his life and he devoted himself to them so that they could live their best lives. When Gerry was not with his family, he could be seen at the Odyssey Fitness Center swimming daily with other wonderful people he met throughout the years. He enjoyed competing in triathlons raising money for charities over the years.


Relatives and friends can pay their respects on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 9 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 A.M.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kirby Family House, 35 S. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701.


Condolences may be sent by visiting Gerry’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.