Paul L. Gidula, of Taylor, and a former resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, entered into eternal rest, on Tuesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Stephen Gidula and Helen Arden Gidula Gorlesky. Paul graduated from Taylor High School in1959 and furthered his education at Penn State, Worthington. Following in a long tradition of military service, Paul joined the National Guard at a young age. In December of 1959 he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to school to become an Aviation Electronics Technician. At that precise time the country was embroiled in “The Cuban Missile Crisis”. The Navy Aircraft that Paul was aboard, was scheduled to land at Guantanamo Bay, however, the crew was given orders to turn around immediately. While the Aircraft was making for a safe landing area, Paul was able to look down and observed a flotilla of ships poised for engagement. It was a sight that amazes him, till the day he died. After completion of military service, he became a member of the United Association Local Union No 524, Pipefitters and Plumbers, working as a pipe fitter/welder. After he retired, Paul traveled extensively, visiting thirty-two foreign countries and thirty-five states. When not embarking on a trip or a cruise, Paul’s hobby was golfing, reading, studying the history of World War II, going to the gym, watching Penn State football and the New York Yankees. Paul was a thirty-year member of AA, sponsoring many people and they affectionately called him “Big Paul”.
Surviving are a nephew, Jonathan Gorlesky, Taylor and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Gorlesky and a nephew, Robert E. Gorlesky.
Family and friends are invited to attend Paul’s viewing which will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM at the Semian Funeral Home, LLC, 704 Union St. Taylor. Interment with military honors, will take place on Thursday at 12:30 PM in Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
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