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March 22, 1944 - January 7, 2020
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Gary William Haas, age 75, formerly of Taylor, passed away Tuesday morning at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. He is survived by his faithful caregiver, loyal best friend and beloved wife of 51 years, Vincentina (Tina) Haas.
Born in Schuylkill Haven on March 22, 1944, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth “Betty” (Berger) Haas, Gary was educated at Blue Mountain High School. He bravely served as a boatswains mate on the U.S.S. Casa Grande in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After receiving his Honorable Discharge on May 14, 1965, he then served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until February 26, 1968. Proud of his trade as a pipefitter and welder, he was a member of the Local #524 Pipefitters Union for over 40 years.
A longtime member of the American Legion Post #286 in Cressona, he also belonged to the Pine Swamp Gun Club in Summit Station. Also an avid fisherman, Gary enjoyed Canadian fishing trips with his dad, brother, Wayne and father-in-law and brother-in-law, Joseph Salerno, Sr. and Jr.
Gary always looked forward to his annual trip to the gun club to go hunting alongside his dad, brothers and cousins before returning to the cabin to play a friendly game of poker. He also made countless memories on the St. Lawrence houseboat with good friends, Luke Mulherin, Robert Arcangeletti and Jimmy Caputo.
When he wasn’t spending time enjoying the outdoors, he loved going to Las Vegas with his wife and in-laws. After suffering his stroke, the highlight of each day was visiting with his wife and consistently beating her at poker.
He is also survived by his loving daughter, Karen Mochan and husband John of Old Forge; brother, Wayne Haas and wife Kathleen of Bradenton, Florida; and nieces and nephews.
His daughter, Kimberly Haas, and siblings, Ronald Haas and Maryann Evans, also preceded him in death.
His family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all the nurses, nurses aides and respiratory therapists from Allied Skilled Nursing Center’s 2-North. Their kindness, caring ways and compassion towards Gary will forever be remembered. They were his adopted family and he loved them all dearly.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9:15AM from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at Divine Mercy, 312 Davis St., Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Francis Pauselli, Pastor. Military Honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow the Mass. Private interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Old Forge. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday between 4-7:00PM at the funeral home.