Nicholas “Nick” Joseph Barbrie, III, 69, of Pittston, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Nick lived most of his life in Pittston, Pennsylvania and was a well-traveled citizen of the world. He was the eldest son of the late Nicholas Joseph Barbrie II and Gloria Louise Moulico Barbrie, loving brother to Christine, David, William, Deborah, Michael, Wendy, and Lorna, son-in-law of the late Frank and Marie Kozik, and brother-in-law of Brenda Kozik.
“The Galloping Ghost from the Barbrie Coast” was known for his resilience, courage, and perseverance. He served with valor in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, regularly hitch-hiked his way across five states in courtship of his wife of 49 years, Gail Rose, and lovingly raised three amazing Barbrie men, Nicholas, Frank, and Anthony.
A stalwart elected constable of Pittston, devoted member of St. Joseph Marello Parish and choir,
and Knight of Columbus, Nick was a tireless community leader. He flew a plane by feel alone, entertained Cardinals and Bishops, pinned championship wrestlers, knocked a boxer out of the ring with one punch , and wrangled the best deal in town all while beautifully serenading with accordion and tenor.
Nick’s love for life was second only to his devotion to Gail, his boys, and his treasured grandchildren, Alisa, Luna, Anthony Jr., and Markus. His talents were endless, his energy boundless, and his love limitless.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 9:30am in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston. Friends may call Friday, July 2, 2021, from 5pm to 8pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. Interment with Military Honors in Saint Rocco's Cemetery, Pittston. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Council #16071, c/o 237 William Street, Pittston, PA 18640.