Richard B. Pazzalia of Peckville died Monday December 2, 2019 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Orsala Nati.
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Born in Peckville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Stella Simoncelli Pazzalia, where he was educated in Blakely schools.
He was the proprietor of PAZZALIA excavating where they were known to move the earth. He was a legend in his time. He mastered the art of operating heavy equipment. There was nothing he couldn’t do or fix. He mentored many in the construction trade and in life. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who collected many firearms and founded the PAW hunting club. He was an inventor who patented many of his inventions. He collected antique -cars where he was a member of the Steamtown A’s,the model A being his prize possession. He was a member of the papa bear club and proud member of the sheriffs Association. Bumpy, as he was known by his 12 grandchildren worship the ground he walked on.
We would like to give a special thank you to Abington Manor, hospice of the Sacred Heart Dunmore and his forever loyal friends ,especially James T O’Hara
Surviving are children Thomas and wife Carol, New York, Glen and wife Linda, Archbald, Monique Buttner and husband Robert, Archbald, Laura Hivner and husband Robert, Nicholson, and Anne Warholic and husband Thomas, Scott Twp; grandchildren Corey, Casey, Logan, Emma, Owen, Alec, Ava, Hunter, Olivia, Peyton, Aubrey, and Jake; great-grandson Archer; sister Lorraine Alaimo and husband William, Waverly.
He was preceded in death by brother Gino Pazzalia.
The funeral will be conducted Friday at 8:30 am from the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 1101 Willow St., Peckville. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Montdale. Friends and family may pay their respects Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.