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Thomas "Mike" H. Friel

Thursday, November 22, 2012 by The Press in Obituaries

Mack Trucks retiree

Thomas "Mike" H. Friel, 84, of Whitehall, died Nov. 12, 2012. He was the husband of Rosemary J. (Amici) Friel for 35 years.

Born in East Mauch Chunk, he was a son of the late Hugh E. and Bertha M. (Albeck) Friel.

He was a 1947 graduate of Mauch Chunk Catholic High School.

He worked in the clerical department of Mack Trucks until retiring. Before that, he worked for Central Railroad of New Jersey.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown.

He was inducted into the Jim Thorpe Sports Hall of Fame. In high school, he was captain of the basketball team that competed in the state finals. He played baseball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sisters, Lorraine Boyle of Whitehall, Patricia and her husband Al Heaney of Jim Thorpe and Rosemarie and her husband Joseph Svetik of Chalfont; a brother, James J. and his wife Susan (Caroll) of Whitehall; and nieces and nephews and their families.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Friel.

Contributions may be made to the church, 1406 W. Cedar St., Allentown, 18102.

Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home Inc., Whitehall.