News Obituaries

Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children's Hospital

A year after coming to Children's Hospital in 1957, he performed the first successful open-heart operation using a pump-oxygenator.

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Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.

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Obituary: John R. 'Jack' McCartan / Key figure in cultivating growth at Robert Morris University

John R. "Jack" McCartan had a vision of accessible, career-focused post-secondary education, and he spent his life implementing that vision.

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Obituary: James F. Lally / Labor leader forged friendships with city's most notable figures

A lifelong city resident, he swam daily, ushered regularly at St. Paul Cathedral and knew many of Pittsburgh's most colorful figures.

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Obituary: Zander Hollander / Shepherd of sports trivia

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Zander Hollander found a niche in the market.

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Obituary: John Gaisford / Surgeon, vet who founded the West Penn Burn Center

John Gaisford worked in a mobile army surgical hospital in the Pacific theater and wrote a book about it.

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Obituary: W. Frank Myers Jr. / After stint as cowboy, he founded firm here

After his cowboy years, W. Frank Myers Jr. started a business and a family in Pittsburgh.

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 Akira Endo, 1998.

Obituary: Akira Endo / Music director for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Akira Endo had the talent to elevate a performance by conducting with his special touch.

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 Jerome Ray Sherk

Obituary: Jerome Ray Sherk / Director of production for Pittsburgh Opera

A friend and colleague described Mr. Sherk, who died Thursday, as an opera legend who launched countless careers.

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Obituary: Margaret Shadick Cyert / Wife of late CMU president had her own role on campus

Margaret Shadick Cyert left several marks on Carnegie Mellon campus.

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Obituary: Kathleen Toole / Fox Chapel council member with passion for nature

Ms. Toole was praised as a gifted public servant who strived to maintain the town's natural beauty.

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Obituary: Zeituni Onyango / Obama's aunt from Kenya fought extradition from U.S.

She received asylum in the United States in 2010 after years of living illegally in Boston.

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Obituary: William G. Neal Jr. / Funeral director's efforts touched grieving families in Washington County

The Washington, Pa., funeral home director was a decorated Korean War veteran.

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Obituary: Lynn Hinds / Respected broadcaster and teacher

Colleagues here held him in high regard, and many stayed in contact with him up until the weeks before he died.

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 Al "Al Don" Donalson

Obituary: Alfonso X. Donalson / Irreverent PG politics reporter, editor

Known to all as "Al Don," the longtime local politics reporter and editor was a character in the best sense of the word.

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 Newspaper columnist Chuck Stone

Obituary: Charles S. 'Chuck' Stone Jr. / Columnist, professor championed diversity

He shaped many lives as a big-city newspaper columnist, university professor and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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 British actress Kate O'Mara

Obituary: Kate O'Mara / Actress appeared in range of British productions

With teased dark hair and high cheekbones, Kate O'Mara often played beautiful but devious characters.

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Obituary: Peter Matthiessen / Noted fiction, nonfiction writer and naturalist

He was one of the last survivors of a generation of American writers who came of age after World War II.

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 Former pilot Alan Romatowski, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007.

Obituary: Alan Romatowski / Took life 'by the horns' amid Alzheimer's

Alan Romatowski was one of about 200,000 people in the U.S. with the early-onset version of Alzheimer's randomly striking people before 65.

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Obituary: William Nugent / Dedicated United Steelworkers official

William Nugent was a dedicated labor leader and advocate for working people.

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Obituary: Ernie DeFilippi / Sports editor at the Press who could recognize talent

Ernie DeFilippi was praised for recognizing talent, his skills as a copy editor and streamlining the sports department.

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Obituary: Larry Wallisch / A 'golf guy,' ex-president of Oakmont Country Club

He endeared himself to the membership with his quiet, easygoing style, both on and off the golf course.

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Obituary: Sandy Grossman / Award-winning TV sports director

Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts, dies at age 78.

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Obituary: David B. Rees / Keen engineer who oversaw construction of major bridges

The Ben Avon resident was project manager on New York's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the early 1960s.

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Obituary: Michael Andrews / Host of 'Greek Hour' radio show for nearly 40 years

Mr. Andrews was still producing the Sunday show from his home in Bethel Park as recently as last month.

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Obituary: W. John Hannigan / Social justice advocate who used strong sense of faith to guide work

W. John Hannigan was director of the diocese's Department of Social Programs and Community Development in 1990-2009.

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Obituary: James V. Cunningham Sr. / Longtime Pitt professor devoted to social issues

James Cunningham Sr. spent his career working on neighborhood development, community organizing and social justice issues.

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 WVU quarterback Bernard "Bernie" Galiffa in 1972.

Obituary: Bernard 'Bernie' Galiffa / Record-setting quarterback was the pride of Donora

The Donora and WVU football star passed his way into fans' hearts.

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Obituary: Mamoun Moses Nazif / Nationally renown pediatric oral surgeon

Across the more than 30 years he worked as a pediatric oral surgeon, Mamoun Moses Nazif treated more than a quarter-million children.

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Obituary: Jeremiah A. Denton / Vietnam War hero, U.S. senator from Alabama

He called himself "an average product of Middle America," but his story was anything but ordinary.

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Obituary: Harold Young / Founded Homewood Jazz Workshop

Harold Young gave free music lessons and big-band rehearsals through the Homewood Jazz Workshop.

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Obituary: James 'Buster' Alston / Saxophonist made indelible mark on local jazz scene

James 'Buster' Alston, 57, taught music at area universities and the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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Obituary: William F. 'Digger' Young Jr. / Butler County funeral director, coroner

Mr. Young became the third generation of his family to enter the funeral home business.

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 James Schlesinger in a 2004 photo.

Obituary: James Schlesinger / Former CIA chief and Cabinet member

James Schlesinger was a Republican economist who advanced to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s.

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Obituary: David Warren LaSota / Volunteer firefighter and Crafton leader was always a family man first

"I don't think anybody that talked to him wouldn't know about his family by the end of the conversation," said his daughter Laura Sylvester.

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Obituary: Edwin Jeffrey Wentzel / Well known as runner and Youngwood volunteer firefighter

The Youngwood firefighter who was killed by a train lived life on the run.

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Obituary: Douglas Allen Dunderdale / Popular Presbyterian pastor in Oakland, East Liberty

The Rev. Doug Dunderdale was a social and theological conservative but committed to uplifting the disadvantaged.

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 James Rebhorn in 2009.

Obituary: James Rebhorn / Instantly recognizable face

In five decades of television and film work, James Rebhorn amassed more than 100 credits.

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Obituary: Ruth Anne Hugo / Love of education led to teaching

Beloved Norwin teacher once stood on her head to help motivate her students to learn.

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Obituary: Adolfo Suarez / First Spanish prime minister after Franco

He was a key figure in Spain's transition back to democracy.

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Obituary: Mallory Crawford / Psychotherapist, counselor and avid recycler

Mallory Crawford founded the nonprofit Earth Mother Enterprises to educate people about natural parenting.

4 weeks ago

 Metropolitan Philip Saliba

Obituary: Metropolitan Philip Saliba / Antiochian Orthodox leader since 1966, hailed as visionary

Metropolitan Philip Saliba, for nearly a half-century the spiritual leader of Antiochian Orthodox in North America, has died at 82.

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 Kenneth Goldsmith, in a photo taken around 2004.

Obituary: Kenneth Goldsmith / A force behind development of Pittsburgh's First Side

Kenneth Goldsmith worked for two real estate firms before forming one under his own name in 1964.

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