Advice from fathers in Scott, Clairton, Elizabeth, and Bridgevill

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Sunday is Father's Day, the time to pay tribute to dear old Dad — the guy you go to for everything from advice to pocket change.

We asked a dozen residents of the South Hills to share, not the pocket change, but ''the best advice Dad ever gave.''

Their answers demonstrate Dad's joy in mentoring and his [nearly always] sage advice.

''My dad [Bill Whitfield] always said: ’Just try your best and I’ll always be proud of you.’ So, when I was turned down for multiple jobs, I kept on trying. Now I have a good job, teaching at Central Valley Middle School in Monaca.’’

                                                                                                                                   — Brandon Whitfield, 28, of Scott

"I grew up on a farm in Ashland, Ohio, attending a one-room schoolhouse. My farmer father, [Lloyd McNaull], taught himself electronics, converting a Model-T into a tractor. We were also the only ones in the neighborhood who had electricity as Dad installed a generator. His embrace of lifelong learning put me in good stead all my life. I'm still doing what I can for the World War II men as historian of the 319th Bomb Group.

                                                  — Esther McNaull Oyster Queneau, 89, of Mt. Lebanon, retired court reporter 

''My grandfather, [the late J.W. Petrosky], helped my father after my father died when I was 5, and always told me: ’You can lose all your material possessions, but the formal education you receive can never be taken from you.’ So I went to college and graduate school and am an avid reader and lifelong learner.’’

                                     — Georgianne Williams of Mt. Lebanon,  director of volunteers at St. Clair Hospital 

''My father, [Michael Michlik] always told me ’Love God, your church and your people.''

              — Father Valerian Michlik, 42, pastor of St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church, Upper St. Clair

“Do what's right and put in an honest, good day's work.’ is what my father [Larry Lattanzi] always told me. So for my 10th birthday I got a lawn mower and had six yards I mowed regularly. I always have a good work ethic thanks to my dad.’’

                                                                                    —  Richard Lattanzi, 50, steelworker and mayor of Clairton

’'’When we approach a job we do our best, think our best, give our best, act our best and look our best. When you choose a position, do it with love’ was the advice my dad [the late Vincent James Argiro] gave me. I followed it in teaching school and passing his words on to my students. I’m still very active as council president in West Elizabeth and in tutoring students.’’

                                                                                                                            — Louise Biddle, 90, West Elizabeth

"Every summer, my dad [the late Henry Bloskis] would take the family on a road trip in our station wagon. We would visit sites like the Grand Canyon, Canada, Florida. Today, I kayak on local rivers, backpacked in the Grand Canyon twice in the last five years, and took a road trip to Utah.  I'm always looking for an adventure because of my dad.’’

                                                                                                                               — Steve Bloskis, 50, of Bethel Park

“My dad [the late Richard White] was a kind-hearted man who gave me my first car: a 1949 Ford. I always remembered his generosity as my wife and I raised our kids.’’

                                                                                                                                              — Fred White, 75, of Scott

''Always strive to be your best,; said my dad [the late Earl Morris]. He contracted polio and spinal meningitis at age 10, but graduated from college. Still, because he was handicapped, no one would hire him, so he started his own fabricating and welding business in the Strip District. He lived exactly what he preached.’’

                                                                                                                                 — Millie Moeller, 71, of Bridgeville 


                                                                                                         — Compiled by freelance writer Margaret Smykla


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