Michael Solomon spent his career working for a big bank, but he operated very much like a neighborhood banker who took deep interest in his community.
Mr. Solomon, who served as a branch manager for Mellon Bank in its Claysville, Munhall, Homestead, New Kensington and East Liberty offices, died at his West Homestead home on Easter Sunday. He was 87.
While working in East Liberty, he co-founded the East Liberty Development Initiative. He also served on the boards of Homestead Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the Steel Valley Arts Council, the Steel Valley school board and he co-founded the Mon Valley Initiative and the Homestead Economic Revitalization Corp.
"Community involvement and helping people at every station was his passion," said his daughter, Mary Beth Solomon of Jersey City, N.J. "He didn't just have a sense of responsibility or duty, but he actually had a love for that. It was almost like his calling."
His commitment to his neighbors showed up in his role as branch manager, too, she said, as he tried to help Homestead-area steelworkers who were losing their jobs in the late 1970s and early 1980s keep their homes and families intact.
Mr. Solomon was born in Canonsburg, where he attended school then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces just as World War II was coming to an end. Not long after his return from Europe, he reconnected with a childhood friend, Mary Leon, and the two later married. The Solomons celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last October.
Since 1959, the Solomons have been members of the Homestead United Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Solomon served continuously as an elder and trustee. He also was an active member of Kiwanis.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Solomon is survived by sons Timothy of Meadville and Michael of Clovis, Calif.; another daughter, Amy Solomon Leopold of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Rebecca Gladden of McDonald; a brother, Edward Solomon of Canonsburg; and four grandchildren.
The funeral service, including military honors, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Homestead United Presbyterian Church, 908 Ann St., Homestead, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil. The George Irvin Green Funeral Home in Munhall is in charge of arrangements.
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