BANGOR and BREWER – Joseph T. McOscar, 86, passed away peacefully Friday, April 2, 2010, at Maine Veterans Home, Bangor. Joseph was the son of Hugh McOscar, who emigrated from Ireland and Anna (McCarty) McOscar of Pittsburgh. Joseph and his twin sister, Veronica, were the last of the family’s 11 children and were born Feb. 27, 1924, in Philadelphia. Joseph grew up on South 26th Street, Philadelphia. He played sandlot football and later graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in 1942, after which he worked for General Electric Co. before being inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in March 1943. He served throughout the European Theatre with the 41st Troop Carrier Group as an aircrew member, crew chief and mechanic, flying paratroopers into battle and evacuating wounded troops. Joseph was awarded the Air Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for those services. He returned to General Electric after his discharge, where he learned his career trade of tool and die making. In November 1945, he returned to the military for 11 months active service, this time with the U.S. Air Force 19th Installations Squadron. He served in Korea until his honorable discharge as a staff sergeant in May 1950, for which he was awarded the Korean Service Medal. Joseph returned to General Electric, Philadelphia, and worked there for the remainder of his career. He was proud of his service both to GE and to his union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and made many lifelong friendships with his coworkers. On a blind date arranged by his friend, Matt Busillo, Joseph met Dorothy Hinkle, whom he married in January 1954. Joseph and Dorothy originally lived in West Philadelphia, later moving to Delaware County, Pa. During retirement, Joseph and Dorothy traveled extensively, enjoying numerous visits to Europe and the western U.S. and Canada. Later he and Dorothy moved to Maine to be closer to their son, Joseph Jr. Joseph was predeceased by his parents; by all of his siblings, Thomas, Charles, Aloysius, Catherine, Mary, Agnes, Anna, Vincent, Margaret and Veronica; and by his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his son, Joseph Jr. and wife, Theresa Carroll; and by his grandchildren, Lydia and Thomas McOscar, all of Bangor. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family thanks B-Unit and C-Unit staff at Maine Veterans Home for taking wonderful care of Joseph during his illness. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Interment will be held afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Those wishing to honor Joseph may donate to a charity of their choice. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.
JOSEPH T. MCOSCAR
Posted April 04, 2010, at 7:21 p.m.