Pat DeCesare, founder of the Murrysville-based custom home building company now known as DeCesare Homes, died Friday at his home after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Although Mr. DeCesare had not been actively involved in the home building business since around 1990, the company has constructed hundreds of customs homes throughout the Murrysville area since the 1970s.
“He would build homes for people and enjoy a glass of wine or beer with them in their new home,” said his son Ted DeCesare of Murrysville, who now runs the company. “He would become their friends. He would get invited to their kids’ graduations and things like that. Some of his better friends were people he had built for.”
A Penn Hills native, Mr. DeCesare graduated from Penn Hills High School and served in the Army from 1958 to 1959, stationed in Korea.
After leaving the service, he worked alongside his father, Theodore, in the masonry business, which he expanded and eventually took over. His masonry crew performed brick work on numerous homes throughout the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including many in the Heather Highlands neighborhood in Murrysville.
Mr. DeCesare expanded into the developing and custom home building business in the 1970s and was eventually joined in business by his two sons.
“My dad was a wonderful teacher,” Ted DeCesare said. “His friends were many and his hobbies were very diverse, including games of golf, billiards, bocce, gin-rummy and football.
“His work ethic, character, honesty and integrity were irreproachable. He had an appropriately timed sense of humor. His opinions commanded respect and his advice was sought after. He was a well-rounded man who loved life and lived it fully.”
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beverly DeCesare of Murrysville; another son, Anthony DeCesare of Murrysville; and two sisters, Louise Doyle and Anita Smokevitch, both of Detroit.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hart Funeral Home Inc., Murrysville.
Additional visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Mother of Sorrows Church, Murrysville, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Mount Caramel Cemetery, Penn Hills.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Mother Teresa Outreach of Sorrows Church, Murrysville 15668.
Tim Grant: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1591.