First Posted: 1/13/2013
Ronald G. ‘Ronnie' Mortimer, 66, of Pittston, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Pittston, son of the late George Mortimer and Catherine Mazaitis, Ronald graduated from St. John's High School and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston.
As a young man, Ronald was employed in Mechanicsburg at the Navy Depot for a short time. Ronald then went to King's College and graduated with a bachelor of arts in government. Ronald then went for his master's degree at Marywood University and also received a master of science of history. After attending college, Ronald taught at the St. Paul's School in Scranton. Ronald did some graduate work at Wilkes University, then taught at the Pittston Area High School and was the history department chairman. Ronald retired from Pittston Area in 2004. Ronald also was an adjunct professor for King's College, Wilkes College and Luzerne County Community College. Ron wrote columns for The Times Leader, The Sunday Dispatch and also The Independent NEPA magazine. Ronald was appointed in 2006 as the clerk of the city of Pittston and served until February 2011. Ronald was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #372 John F. Kennedy in Pittston, where he was a Third Degree Knight, as well as the Sons of the American Legion of Pittston and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He also served on the board as the secretary of the Lithuanian Club in Pittston. Ronald was an avid Notre Dame fan and loved to read history books.
Ronald is survived by his wife, the former Lorraine Taft; his daughter, Lynn Marie Klein and her husband, Danny of Pittston; two grandchildren, Grace and Maddox.
The funeral will be held Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., in West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston. Interment will be held in the Denison Cemetery in Swoyersville. Friends may call today, Jan. 13, 2013, from 2 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the food pantry at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston.