Bob McClure never used the word "retire."
And really, he never did retire.
Although it had been about five or six years since Mr. McClure set out on a job with McClure Construction Co., an enterprise he co-founded with his two sons, he still dropped into the office just about every day to say hello.
Mr. McClure died Sunday after complications from heart surgery. He was 78.
He and his sons opened the Venetia-based construction company, which specializes in metal siding, metal roofing and conveyor covers, in 1993.
"He wasn't afraid to take a risk, and 99 out of 100 times it worked out for him," said his son Scott.
Mr. McClure and sons Scott and Doug had worked together at Mohawk Construction and Supply Co., a Canonsburg-based company at which Mr. McClure was a partner, for about 10 years when Mr. McClure suggested they branch off and open their own outfit.
"It was a no-brainer," Scott McClure said. "We knew we could count on each other. If one stubbed a toe, there'd be two more."
Last month, the company celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Mr. McClure also was part owner of the Finleyville Cemetery, where he served as chairman of the board of directors. That job kept him busy over the past five years when the demands of a construction job proved too much.
Still, Scott McClure said he could count on his dad stopping by the construction company every day at 11:30 to catch up.
"He was a friend to all of our customers," Scott McClure said. "No one ever looked at him as Bob. He was a friend. That's the way he treated everyone, including me. He truly was my best friend."
A Peters Township graduate, Mr. McClure married his high school sweetheart, Jane, after serving in the Marine Corps. Including their courtship, the couple had been together 62 years.
After graduating from California State College, he started work as an industrial arts teacher at Canon-McMillan High School. Within four years, he entered the business world at Plasteel Products, where he developed his expertise working with metal.
He was an ardent supporter of Peters athletics and any activity involving his seven grandchildren. "There wasn't a day he didn't brag about those guys," Scott McClure said.
Mr. McClure is survived by his wife and sons of Venetia, and his daughter, Kathleen DeLuca of McMurray.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kegel Funeral Home, 3560 Washington Ave., Finleyville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Center Presbyterian Church, 255 Center Church Road, McMurray, with internment at Finleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
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