News Obituaries


 Elmer Gray at Pirates spring training in 1991.

Obituary: Elmer Gray / Longtime scout for Pirates, other MLB teams

Mr. Gray retired from full-time scouting in 1994 but continued to work for the Pirates part time in various roles through the 2012 season.

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Obituary: Donald Gruda / One of the area’s best adult soccer players in 1950s and ’60s

Donald Gruda was a skilled soccer player during an era when the game was not as widely popular as it is today.

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Obituary: B.K.S. Iyengar / Indian guru helped bring yoga to West

After sur­viv­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, ty­phoid and ma­laria as a child, Mr. Iyen­gar cred­ited yoga with sav­ing his life.

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 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

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Obituary: Rev. Sidney Hills / Longtime seminary professor, volunteer

The Rev. Sidney Hills, who followed his ancestors’ paths into ministry, will be honored Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

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Obituary: Alan William Gibney / Talented engineer had a mind for numbers

Alan Gibney spent 35 years as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

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Obituary: James Jeffords / Vermont Republican who became independent

Fomer state senator and attorney general dies at 80.

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 Duquesne basketball coach John Cinicola with his players on March 2, 1978.

Obituary: John L. Cinicola Jr. / Natural-born coach and motivator, led Duquesne basketball to NCAA tournament

The East Liberty native, who never played for a team, was a fiery competitor who loved teaching athletes of all ages.

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 Vernon Gallagher

Obituary: Vernon F. Gallagher / Duquesne president expanded campus in the 1950s

Vernon F. Gallagher, who served as the eighth president of the university from 1950 to 1959, died Thursday. He was 99.

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Obituary: George Hansen / Former GOP Idaho congressman

Former Idaho Republican congressman, died Thursday of natural causes at a medical center in Pocatello, Idaho,

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Obituary: Jay Adams / 'Dogtown' skateboarding rebel

Mr. Adams died of a heart attack Thursday during a surfing vacation in Mexico with his wife and friends.

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Obituary: James D. Porter III / He served Millvale with pride for generations

James D. Porter III had life of service to Millvale

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Obituary: Raymond W. Lehman / Shared his love of classical music across three decades

Mr. Lehman was a longtime broadcaster with what friends described as an encyclopedic knowledge of classical music.

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Obituary: W. Paul Spencer / Phipps Conservatory board member and longtime volunteer

The WWII veteran was devoted to the city’s gardening organizations. “He had a way with flowers that was just remarkable,” said Toto Fisher.

1 week ago


Obituary: Anthony Mario Piccioni / West Mifflin Area wrestling coach for three decades

Anthony Mario Piccioni touched the lives of many students during his 30-year career as wrestling coach at West Mifflin Area High School.

1 week ago


 Actress Lauren Bacall

Obituary: Lauren Bacall / Legendary husky-voiced Hollywood actress

Her husky voice and smoldering onscreen chemistry with her husband, Humphrey Bogart, made her a defining movie star of the 1940s.

1 week ago


Obituary: Fredia Hurdle / Among plaintiffs in Pa.'s gay marriage case

Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in the case that led to the striking down of Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban, died Thursday.

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 Gregg Schwotzer.

Obituary: Gregg Schwotzer / Property developer who built up charities, too

Mr. Schwotzer took over Crossgates, his father’s business, and left a legacy of honest deal-making and dedicated charitable work.

1 week ago


 Thomas C. Petrone

Obituary: Thomas C. Petrone / Legislator in 27th District for almost 3 decades

Former state Rep. Thomas C. Petrone, a Democratic legislator known for his sense of humor and old-school devotion to constituents, is dead.

1 week ago


Obituary: Richard Marowitz / WWII veteran who found top hat belonging to Hitler in Munich

Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat in Adolf Hitler’s Munich apartment.

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Obituary: Dorothy Salisbury Davis / Suspense novelist eschewed violence but was fond of villains she created

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, an author whose fascination with motivation, morality and manners powered her plots, died Sunday at her home.

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Obituary: Jason Dilliott / Northgate band director from Troy Hill

A few minutes was all it took to see how much passion Jason Dilliott, a Northgate School District band director, had for his job.

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Obituary: Alexander Stavrides / Respected pathologist contributed to 1964 landmark report on smoking

Dr. Stavrides died July 28 at the Willows of Presbyterian Senior nursing home in Oakmont at the age of 85.

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Obituary: Robert M. Lumish / Chief of Infectious Diseases at UPMC Mercy Hospital

Robert M. Lumish, a noted infectious diseases specialist, never did anything in half-measures, his daughter said.

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 James Brady, left, in May 1999 with  former first lady Nancy Reagan. Mr. Brady, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73.

Obituary: James S. Brady / After shooting, he was symbol for gun control

Mr. Brady undertook a crusade for gun control after he suffered a serious head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan.

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 Sergio Edward Betancourt

Obituary: Sergio Edward Betancourt / AGH surgeon and doctor with Green Berets in Vietnam

Dr. Betancourt, a retired surgeon at AGH, was an outspoken critic of top management during the collapse of the hospital’s parent company.

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Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for the arts.

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 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

3 weeks ago


News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Bel Kaufman / Told what school was really like

Bel Kaufman’s best-seller “Up the Down Staircase” has sold more than 6 million copies.

3 weeks ago


Obituary: Robert Roe / Congressman who led passage of transportation law

He also had a legislative interest in the environment and clean water.

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 The Rev. William Paxton Arnott

Obituary: Rev. William Paxton Arnott / Trafford pastor spearheaded church's resurgence

He grew the church from about 300 members in 1979 to about 550 members by the time he retired in 1997.

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Obituary: Margaret Zemprelli / ‘A first-class model’ in 1940s

Ms. Zemprelli was most well known for her stints during the 1940s as a spokesmodel for Pennsylvania Telephone Co. and Rinso Detergent.

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 Michael Abelson.

Obituary: Michael Abelson / Longtime music teacher in city schools

A lifelong teacher of music, Michael Abelson liked to keep people on their toes with his dry sense of humor.

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Obituary: Robert Panara / A pioneer in the field of deaf studies

He also was a writer and poet, becoming the first deaf professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

4 weeks ago


Obituary: James Garland / Successful coach, retired teacher had ‘‍big heart’

Mr. Garland turned around the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball program, going 143-48 in seven seasons.

4 weeks ago


Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

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