Harry F. Radcliffe was a longtime investment banker whose forte was buying troubled lending institutions, making them profitable and taking them public. While he had investors and business interests spread from California to New York, Uniontown was always the place he called home.
Mr. Radcliffe died Thursday from a stroke he suffered during a trip to his vacation home in Jupiter, Fla. He was 63.
"My dad was never really at one place for long," said his son, Harry I. Radcliffe. "But there were two banks [on Pittsburgh's South Side] he worked for in the early 1990s that he always felt were home for him -- First South Savings on Carson Street and First Home Savings by the Birmingham Bridge. The people he worked with at those banks became lifelong friends."
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1972 with a degree in economics, Mr. Radcliffe began his banking career at Gallatin Bank in Uniontown. The bank president at the time, Robert Eberly, took the young banker under his wing and became an influential mentor. He had a knack for banking. And by 1976 when Mr. Radcliffe was only 26 years old, he was appointed president of Uniontown Savings and Loan.
In the succeeding years, he served as an executive and director with various financial institutions: First South Savings Association, First Home Savings Bank, F.N.B. Corp., Fort Pitt Capital Management, First Home Bancorp, Essex Bancorp, First Fidelity Bancorp and Promistar Financial Corp.
As director of F.N.B. Corp. from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Radcliffe was twice a part of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Through the years, he belonged to a number of clubs and organizations, including Asbury United Methodist Church in Uniontown, the Fayette County Development Council, the Uniontown Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge No. 370, Uniontown Rotary Club, Uniontown Country Club, Question Club, Duquesne Club, Lake Nona Golf and Country Club and the Loxahatchee Club.
"He was very community oriented, and Pittsburgh was home for him," said his son. "The people and the town had always been good to him."
Mr. Radcliffe is survived by his wife of 41 years, Catherine Shanaberger Radcliffe; sons, Harry I. Radcliffe and Jonathan L. Radcliffe; a daughter, Meagan Lynn Crawford; and a brother, William "Trip" Radcliffe, all of Uniontown.
The family will receive family and friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home at 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown. Visitation will continue Wednesday in Asbury United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.
The family suggests donations to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, 816 Fifth Ave., sixth floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 27 E. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401.
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