Francis X. Gildea, 69, formerly of Radnor, a Vietnam War veteran and shopping mall manager, died Saturday, March 10, of complications from cancer at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne.
A native of Lackawanna County, Mr. Gildea graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton.
From 1966 to 1968, he served in the Army and completed a tour of duty, including jungle operations in Vietnam.
After his discharge, he was an analyst for the National Security Agency in Washington, where he met his future wife, Joyce Asher.
They married in 1969. In 1971, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He then was director of education and research for the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union in Media for several years.