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May 10, 1927 - June 6, 2022
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Paul Joseph Golden, age 95, and a longtime Scranton resident, passed away Monday morning at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton, after an illness.
Born in Scranton on May 10, 1927, Paul was the son of the late Joseph and Sybil (Hensley) Golden. After graduating high school in 1945, he served in the United States Navy Construction Battalion, or Seabees, and was stationed in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and awarded the American Theater Medal, the Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal. Paul then went to work for the U.S. government, first with the Internal Revenue Service and later as a claims clerk with the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Newark, N.J. He lived for many years in Bloomfield, N.J., and enjoyed traveling to New York City for Broadway shows and baseball games at Shea Stadium.
After he retired from government service, Paul returned to Scranton and lived at Mulberry Tower, making many friends along the way. A true sports fan, he always rooted for the New York Mets and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, even over the Navy Midshipmen! Kind, generous and caring, Paul was truly loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
A devout Roman Catholic, he was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton.
He is survived by his loving niece and nephews, Judy Burns; Paul Burns and wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Burns; and Richard Burns; and great-nieces, Katherine Burns, with whom he shared and co-celebrated the same birthday; Anne Burns; great-nephew Rob Burns; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Birrell, in 2019.
His family would like to thank the staff at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and VNA Hospice for taking amazing care of Paul in his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by Monsignor Dale R. Rupert, pastor. Burial with military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery.
Family and friends may pay their respects Monday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers and with great appreciation for the love given to Paul throughout his stay in the past year, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton.