Rocco Nardozzo of Munhall worked as a mail sorter at the main North Side post office for 56 years.
His final shift was last Thursday, when he worked all night and then put in two hours of overtime.
He suffered a stroke Friday and died Saturday. He was 82.
In earlier years, he worked the day shift in a steel mill, then reported to the post office. His family rarely saw him except on weekends.
"He worked one job to take care of our needs and the second job to take care of our wants," said his daughter, Terri Redpath of Munhall. "And we never wanted for anything. He put four children through college."
Born to Italian immigrants in 1931, Mr. Nardozzo was raised in Homewood when it was an Italian neighborhood.
He served two years as a military policeman in Korea after the Korean War, then came home, went to work and raised a family with his wife, Diana, whom he had married in 1952. She died in 1996.
He first took a job at the J&L steel mill in Hazelwood in 1957, after returning from Korea, then started the second job at the post office later that year. He later worked at the J&L plant on the South Side.
The Nardozzo family lived initially in Hazelwood and moved to Munhall in 1967.
His family said his life was geared around being the provider.
"His whole interest was his family," his daughter said. "He was the most wonderful father a child could have."
He kept working into his 80s because he wanted to, not because he needed the money. He was particularly proud of the fact that he had earned the most seniority of anyone at the post office.
"That was his work ethic," said Ms. Redpath.
Besides his daughter, Mr. Nardozzo is survived by three other children: Dan Nardozzo, who lived with him in Munhall; Laura Spernak of Peters; and Greg Nardozzo of South Park.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Munhall followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.
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