Philip Joseph Kachmar, J.D. (known as PJ), of Kingston, beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, passed away suddenly on June 25, 2019 at home. Although he suffered from avascular necrosis for the past several years which caused multiple health issues and surgeries, he embraced life to the fullest and never allowed his medical issues to impede his academic and personal accomplishments. God gifted PJ with charisma, which enabled him to light up a room and draw people to him. His kindness, humility and concern for others endeared him to all who knew him.
Born December 20, 1988 in Kingston, PJ was the son of Carl Kachmar and Molly Kachmar. PJ was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and the University of Scranton, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. While at the University of Scranton he was a member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, active in student government, and coached Spartan Ice Hockey. He received a Fulbright Award, one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world, to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he served as a teaching assistant and earned a Masters of Arts degree in Political Science. In May 2019, he received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. At the time of his death, he was preparing for the Pennsylvania Bar Examination and looking forward to the next chapter of his life as an attorney.
Prior to obtaining his law degree, PJ was employed by First Eagle Management, New York City as an Institutional Sales Associate. During law school, he was employed by Rubicon Global of Atlanta Georgia, as a legal intern.
PJ enjoyed travel, golf, tennis, and ice hockey. He was a lifelong fan of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche. He treasured the memory of attending Super Bowl XLVIII to see the Broncos play.
PJ was preceded in death by his grandparents Philip J. and Margaret Maher and Emil and Lucille Kachmar, all of Kingston. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Dr. Michael Kachmar and Michael’s fiancée Kellee Edmond; his aunts and uncles: Anne Maher, Margaret Maher Rowe and William Rowe, MD, Richard Kachmar and Patricia Kachmar; his cousins Cate, James, and John Rowe, Christopher and Richard Kachmar, and Megan Waxman; as well as other members of his extended family, and many, many dear friends.
PJ was a lifelong devout Roman Catholic and regular communicant at various churches in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. He received all of his sacraments at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Kingston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:30 am at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, North Maple Avenue, Kingston with Msgr. David L. Tressler as Celebrant. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private.
If desired, memorial contributions in PJ’s name may be made to St Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 N Maple Avenue, Kingston, PA, The University of Scranton, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510, or Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, 201 North Sprague Street, Kingston, PA.
To send the Kachmar family an expression of sympathy or a condolence, please visit: www.hughpboyleandsonfuneralhomeinc.com Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hugh P. Boyle and Son Funeral Home, Inc. 416 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA. 18704.
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