Theodore “Ted” Corcoran passed peacefully from this life on the morning of Thursday, December 12th, 2019, after a gradual decline in health. He was surrounded and supported by his loving daughters and wife during the last days of his life, just as he spent his life as a Husband, Father and Pennsylvania State Police Officer protecting and supporting others.
Ted was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1945. He was a son of the late Theodore Corcoran and Florence (Conrad) Corcoran. He graduated from St. Nicholas High School in Wilkes Barre, PA in 1963. Upon graduating, he entered the US Air Force where he served as a Communication Specialist at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Ted always proudly remarked, “Italy was never invaded while I was stationed there” (quick wit and humor, two of his greatest qualities). After being honorably discharged from the US Air Force, he became a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. He was stationed at the Pennsylvania State Police Stonington Barracks in Sunbury, PA for 21 years. Ted was extremely proud of his State Police service and the men he served with. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion in Kulpmont, PA.
Ted was married and loved his wife, Sylvia Corcoran, for 51 years. He was also the proud and protective father of three daughters. His love for his sons-in-law often conflicted with his protective nature - he would remark how he would love to hate them “but they were too damn good”. His heart really belonged to his 6 grandchildren. He had a special relationship with each of them that they will forever remember.
Ted was a man with a larger than life personality full of humor, quick wit, not always politically correct but would do anything for anybody who needed it. After his work was done as a serviceman and State Trooper, which he boasted he loved every day of his life, his Retirement was filled with telling stories of those glory days, along with time spent with family, visits to “the garage”, being a Penn State Football Fan, golfing, making family vacations possible and enjoying his grandchildren’s activities as much as he could.
Ted was preceded in death by his father, Theodore, his mother Florence, and his sister, Jackie Stelacone. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Brito) Corcoran, sisters Maureen and Tom Dougher and Jeanie Reh, daughters Kimberly and Frank Lentini, Michelle and John Wheary, and Sandy and Marc Freeman, 6 grandchildren, Aaron, Ryan and Gianna Lentini, Karla Wheary, Hunter and Jacob Freemen, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019, 11:00 AM at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Elysburg. Interment in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Visitation Saturday, December 21 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s name that will be directed to the Cardiac Unit at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Donations can be sent to LVHN, Office of Philanthropy 2100 Mack Blvd. PO Box 1883 Allentown, PA 18105-1883. Please include his name and LVH-Muhlenberg on the memo line. Or through their website at lvhn.org/give. Rothermel-Heizenroth Funeral & Cremation Service, Elysburg is in charge of the arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, FD Joe Murray, Supervisor. “A Golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.”
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