Obituary: David Alan Charnock / Father-like executive committed to community and family

Dec. 6, 1949 -- Oct. 29, 2012

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David Alan Charnock, a retired chief operating officer for the Alpern Rosenthal financial services firm who served as a mentor and a father figure for many of his associates, died Monday at his home in Cranberry after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 62.

His wife, Catherine Charnock, said not long before Mr. Charnock died, he received an email from a former co-worker at Alpern Rosenthal whom he had not heard from in many years. She thanked him for guiding her along in her career and told him she had always looked up to him as a father.

"It was a very heartwarming email," Mrs. Charnock said. "He was very sick when he received it and it really brightened his day."

Mr. Charnock had previously worked as the office administrator for the Downtown law firm Rothman Gordon. For more than 10 years at Alpern Rosenthal, he oversaw the human resources and technology departments and the everyday operations of the firm.

Friends and associates described him as being punctual and always meticulously groomed. He was a very organized and logical thinker who was well-suited for keeping complicated business operations on track. Mr. Charnock retired in December when his illness began to worsen.

"He had a major positive impact on our firm as chief operating officer," said Alex Paul, president of Alpern Rosenthal, a certified public accounting and business consulting firm headquartered Downtown. "People looked up to him. And in addition to all he did at work, he was a great family man to his wife and five children."

Born in the Manchester community on the North Side, Mr. Charnock earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Indiana University and an MBA from Robert Morris University.

In spite of his busy work schedule, he gave much of his time to community causes. He held several key positions in many organizations including president of North Hills Jaycees; president of Cranberry Community Chest; and board member of Vincentian Home.

He was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry. He was a Eucharistic minister, marriage prep teacher, a volunteer at church festivals, a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society, a member of the Pastoral Council and former president of the Parish Council.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Kimberly Pitell, Christine Sevin and Sarah Charnock, all of Cranberry; and two sons, Brian Charnock of Fort Worth, Texas; and Gregory Charnock of Philadelphia.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Ferdinand Church at 10 a.m. Friday.

Donations can be made to St. Ferdinand's Building Fund and St. Ferdinand's Saint Vincent DePaul Society.

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Tim Grant: tgrant@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1591.


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