Vincent A. Wojnar, 80, Mountain Top, died peacefully, Jan. 18, 2018, at his home after an illness.
Born in Nanticoke on Aug. 8, 1937, raised in Warrior Run, he was the son of the late Vincent P. and Josephine F. Namiotka Wojnar.
Vincent was a 1955 graduate of E. L. Meyers High School earning a track scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated in 1959. Vince was a member of the Pitt Panther IC4A championship indoor mile relay team. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1960 to 1963 where he competed in numerous Air Force track championship meets. e was employed as a mathematics and computer science teacher at the GAR Memorial High School, until his retirement in 1993.
Vincent coached track and field and started the cross-country program at GAR in 1964. Vincent was very well known in the running community having competed in the New York City and Boston marathons, Washington D. C. Cherry Blossom Run, and Berwick Marathon. He was the co-founder of the Wyoming Valley Striders, serving in various positions from 1975 to 2018. Vince was race director for Strider races up until his retirement in 2015 for their Winter’s End 4.5 Miler, Cherry Blossom 5-Mile Run, spring and fall trail runs, Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial cross-country races, and the 20 KM Classic. He served as the PIAA District 2 cross-country championship meet director for 27 years. He also served on the PIAA District 2 Committee for cross country and track and field for more than 40 years.
Vincent was a former PIAA track official and a USATF official working track meets at Bucknell University and Penn State University. Vince could be seen at most local road races operating the timing equipment of the Wyoming Valley Striders.
Vincent was a 2009 inductee of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the E. L. Meyers High School Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a member of St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years the former, Judith A. Stine Wojnar.
Surviving are sons, Vince Wojnar Jr. and his wife Laura, Madison Twp.; Dave Wojnar, Indiana; daughters; Diane Eustice and her husband Jim, New York; Linda Wojnar, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Jonathan Wojnar, James Eustice, Mary Eustice, Taryn Wojnar, Vincent Wojnar IV, Sara Wojnar, John Eustice, David Wojnar and Joseph Eustice; great-grandchildren, Holly Eustice and Jamespatrick Eustice; brothers, Anthony V. Wojnar and his wife, Wilma, Mountain Top; Ronald J. Wojnar and his wife, Joann, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a. m. Thursday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.
A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a. m. in St. Jude Church, Mountain Top. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Wednesday and 8:15 to 9:15 a. m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Vince’s memory to the Wyoming Valley Striders, P. O. Box 1704, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703, for a scholarship to be awarded in his memory to an aspiring track/cross country athlete.
The family would like to thank Kindred at Home, Home Instead Senior Care, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the love and care shown to Vince over the last year.