Obituary: Pat F. DeCe­sare / Contractor who expanded masonry business

June 15, 1937 - June 13, 2014

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

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