Remembering Thomas R. Tratthen Jr.
Thomas R. Tratthen Jr., age 47 of Olyphant, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 20th, 2019. His wife is the former Lisa Beam and they were happily married for 24 years.
Born in Scranton, he was the loving son of the late Priscilla and Thomas R. Tratthen Sr. Thomas was educated in the Mid Valley School District, received an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Luzerne County Community College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. He also received numerous professional certifications in Emergency Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Firefighting from various nationally accredited agencies.
Thomas previously held professional firefighting positions with FDNY and Dunmore Borough. He was most recently employed by Sanofi Pasteur as a Health and Safety Manager and was also a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Instructor and taught firefighting for Bucks County Community College. He was a life member of Excelsior Hose Co #1 in Olyphant and was also a member of numerous local volunteer fire companies.
Also surviving Thomas is his daughter Madison, at home; his brother Timothy and wife Kristin, Archbald; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Priscilla and Thomas R. Tratthen Sr, his maternal grandparents Joseph and Kathryn Kurilla, and his paternal grandparents Richard and Evelyn Tratthen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas R. Tratthen Jr. Memorial Fund at NET Federal Credit Union, 119 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA 18503 in honor and to benefit his daughter Madison.
The funeral procession will begin on Saturday, January 26, at 12:00 PM (noon) from the John F Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop with Internment at Dunmore Cemetery.
Public viewing hours will be 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (noon) Saturday, January 26, at the John F Glinsky Funeral Home at 445 Sanderson Avenue in Throop. Attendees for the public viewing only are asked to park at the Harper Collins parking lot located at 1000 Keystone Industrial Park in Dunmore where a shuttle service will provide transportation to the funeral home. Those participating in the funeral are asked to park near the funeral home.
The ONLY fire apparatus in the procession will be from the Excelsior Hose Co #1 and the Dunmore Fire Department. There is limited space for fire apparatus along the procession route. The procession will travel to the square in front of the Excelsior Hose Co #1 in Olyphant. The procession will then travel through Throop to the Dunmore Cemetery. There will be an Honor Guard staged in front of the Volunteer Hose Company #3 of Throop, located on Dunmore Street, which is along the procession route. Anyone wishing to participate in the Honor Guard is asked to be at the fire station by 1200 hours in Class A uniform.