News Obituaries

 J. Matthew Simon served as president of Point Park University from 1986 to 1995.

Obituary: J. Matthew Simon / Former Point Park president

Mr. Simon was president of the institution for nearly a decade, stepping down in 1995.

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 Franklin B. Allison

Obituary: Franklin Brown Allison / Advertising expert saw light side of work and life

Mr. Allison was “in the top echelon of ad pros,” rising to director of advertising at U.S. Steel, but maintained a healthy perspective.

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 James W.H. Justice

Obituary: James W.H. Justice / Westinghouse engineer whose designs included first color camera on the moon

Born in England, Mr. Justice brought his family from London to the U.S. when he was recruited by the Westinghouse Electric Corp.

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Obituary: William Yee Ott / Dentist devoted to missionary work, enjoyed sports, aviation

William Yee Ott of McCandless used his dental skill on Christian missionary trips to Asia, Africa and Central America.

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 In this Nov. 9, 2010, file photo, Fran Fisher, left, congratulates former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, on his 400th career coaching win after his weekly NCAA college football news conference in State College, Pa. Fran Fisher, who broadcast Penn State football games on the radio for many years, has died. He was 91.

Obituary: Fran Fisher / Longtime voice of Penn State University football

“Fran was an iconic figure at Penn State,” said Jack Ham. Fisher’s first Penn State broadcast was also Joe Paterno’s first as head coach.

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Obituary: Rita Rosini Silvestri / Longtime Homestead pediatrician was devoted to her patients

Rita Rosini Silvestri, pioneering Homestead pediatrician, dies at 95.

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Obituary: Sig Lenchner / Started Today’s Home furniture business

Sigmund Lenchner stayed involved with Today’s Home as a lamp buyer until he turned 90 four years ago.

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Obituary: James Hurray / WYEP oldies DJ

Jim Hurray worked as a disc jockey for WYEP radio in the 1970s and 1980s,

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Obituary: William Loeffler / Business executive, yachtsman and musician

A business executive, yachtsman, musician and family man, Mr. Loeffler died Thursday at his O’Hara home. He was 89.

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Obituary: Frank DiPascali / Madoff deputy who aided U.S.

The finance chief for Bernard Madoff died before he could be sentenced for his role in the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.

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 Thomas F. Lamb in 1964

Obituary: Thomas F. Lamb / Masterful state political figure known as firm and fair

Tom Lamb, who rose to become leader of the state Senate Democrats in the 1970s, died at home in Mt. Lebanon on Thursday.

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 Harry J. Gilmore

Obituary: Harry J. Gilmore / 1st ambassador to Armenia after Soviet Union’s collapse

Mr. Gilmore, who became a model for U.S. government personnel overseas, graduated from Clairton High School in 1955.

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Obituary: Joseph A. Gladys / Monessen coach who sent 8 players to NFL, captured WPIAL title

More than half of Monessen’s pros played under Joe Gladys.

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 Guy Carawan in 1986

Obituary: Guy Carawan / Pushed ‘We Shall Overcome’ as an anthem for civil rights

Mr. Carawan did not write “We Shall Overcome” but introduced it to civil rights activists, who made it their own.

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Obituary: Paul J. Koropal / Veteran DA detective

Paul J. Koropal suffered a “cardiac episode” while serving a search warrant in Fayette County.

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 Robert Wolfson, aka Bob Wilson in an undated handout photo for obit.  Mr Wolfson was an on-air radio and tv announcer who worked under the name Bob Wilson

Obituary: Robert Wolfson / KQV voice nurtured his large family

Robert Wolfson’s commanding voice turned heads. Publicly known as “Bob Wilson,” he became an announcer on KQV-AM in 1967.

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 Barbara Daly Danko

Obituary: Barbara Daly Danko / ‘Smart and feisty’ Allegheny County Councilwoman

Ms. Daly Danko, a Democrat from Regent Square, was running for a second term as council representative in District 11.

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Obituary: Jim Wright / House speaker resigned amid ethics charges

Much of the enmity against Jim Wright, a Texas Democrat, derived from the way he ran the House and saw his role as speaker.

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 Mary Ellen Quinn

Obituary: Mary Ellen Quinn / Built family around church, activism

Despite raising nine children, Mary Ellen Quinn of McCandless found time to be active in her church and peace movements.

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 Donald Kaelin

Obituary: Donald Kaelin / Franklin Park farmer had passion for growing flowers, relationships

Donald Kaelin helped to turn his family’s farming equipment business in Franklin Park into a retail farming and greenhouse operation.

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Obituary: Anthony James Belski / Cashier with ‘a very big heart’ was favorite of customers at grocery store in Bethel Park

Anthony “A.J.” Belski of Castle Shannon was so gregarious that customers changed lines to go through his supermarket checkout line.

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 Elva H. Perrin.

Obituary: Elva H. Perrin / From career as clothes purchaser to dedicated volunteer

Gracious and generous, Elva Perrin also taught languages and served in WWII effort. “She had love in her heart for all,” said her daughter.

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Jack Ely, whose garbled version of 'Louie Louie' became a sensation, dies at 71

With its infectious rhythm and facile chord changes, “Louie Louie” was the first song many aspiring teen bands learned in the early 1960s.

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 Peggy Neal

Obituary: Peggy Neal / Longtime volunteer at Homeless Children’s Education Fund

Peggy Neal, who died March 8, mentored many others at Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

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 Ben E. King in 2011

Obituary: Ben E. King / Soulful baritone sang hit ‘Stand By Me’

Mr. King, whose career spanned several decades, was the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters in some of their biggest hits.

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 Terri Taylor

Obituary: Terri Taylor / Journalist’s intensity, passion showed in her work

Terri Taylor was intense about pursing justice, making local and worldwide community a better place.

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Obituary: August 'Gus' Linder / Local auto racing legend

Local racing luminary August “Gus” Linder passes away at 86, leaving behind a decorated and memorable legacy.

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Obituary: Pio Olindo D’Orazio / Italian immigrant who co-founded Donora clothes manufacturing company

Pio Olindo D’Orazio, 89, of Jefferson Hills, helped to found Donora Sportswear in 1964 and the company thrived making London Fog raincoats.

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Obituary: Jo Anne Hardick / Special education supervisor for Wilkinsburg schools

As she moved up the ranks of the Wilkinsburg School District, Jo Anne Hardick never lost sight of the students and teachers.

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Obituary: Maurice 'Tito' Braunstein / Passionate about theater, the arts

Attorney Maurice “Tito” Braunstein devoted his time and talent to the stage and music, including starting the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh.

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Obituary: Bernard Stollman / Jazz label’s founder

His staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s.

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 Skyliners Jimmy Beaumont, left, and Wally Lester flank radio legend Porky Chedwick at the premiere of “Since I Don’t Have You” at SouthSide Works Cinemas.

Obituary: Walter 'Wally' Paul Lester / Original singer for the Skyliners

Singer performed on the hit "Since I Don't Have You."

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Obituary: A. Alfred Taubman / Developer of the suburban mall jailed in art auction scandal

Taubman Centers is one of the top mall owners and operators in the country, specializing in higher-end locales.

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 The Skyliners entertain at Stockdale in 1958.The original group was (from left) Jimmy Beaumont, Joe Verscharen, Janet Vogel, Jack Taylor and Wally Lester.

Obituary: Wally Lester / Original Skyliners singer

Wally Lester, an original member of one of Pittsburgh's most successful and popular groups, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 73.

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 Chizmo Charles in March 1992.

Obituary: 'Chizmo' Charles Anderson / Singer known as ‘Pittsburgh’s Elder Statesman of the Blues’

The Lawrenceville native got his start as a jitterbug dancer, and decided in his 20s to take the microphone.

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 The Rev. Thomas E. Smith hoofing it up at the McKeesport Inn in 1982.

Obituary: Thomas E. Smith / The 'Singing and Dancing Priest'

He took to the altar by day, footlights by night, bringing his Broadway-seasoned “theatrical evangelism” from local parishes to TV studios.

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