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James M. Austin

May 6, 2019

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James M. Austin

May 6, 2019


James M. Austin, 75, of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


Jim was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Joseph and Jane McDonough Austin. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was an Army veteran serving in Germany during the Vietnam War. Jim was employed as a pipefitter with local 524, Scranton, and later as a dock worker at Roadway Express.


Jim was a devoted member of St. Anthony/St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre. He was a member of the Knights of Lebanon and a proud member of The Legion of Honor at Irem Temple Shrine, where, with his Legion brothers, he started an annual Veterans Golf Tournament free to all veterans. Jim was also a member of the Wyoming Lodge.


Jim was a fun-loving guy who loved life and would do anything for anyone. He will be missed by his family and many friends.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Gunsauls; brothers, William, Thomas, Joseph, John and Edward Austin.


Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Georgette Augusta; son, Matthew, at home; sister, Delores Williams, Wilkes-Barre; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9:30AM from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with Divine Liturgy to follow at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 311 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Incense prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Rev. Paul Damien will officiate.


Friends may call on Wednesday at the funeral home from 4-7 PM.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony/ St. George Building Fund, PO BOX 1367, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18703 or to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, attention: Development Department.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Jim’s obituary atwww.natandgawlas.com.