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On February 7, 2014, David A. Mancosh, Sr., age 90, of Allison Park. Beloved husband of the late Rose Marie Mancosh; father of David A. (Bridget) Mancosh, Jr., Daniel (Linda) Mancosh, Donald (Mary Jo) Mancosh, Douglas (Kathy) Mancosh; grandfather of Melissa (Paul) Ruffolo, Michelle, Jessica, David, Michael, Ashley, Megan and Kate; great- grandfather of Carter and Luca. Mr. Mancosh was born in Braddock, the son of the late Michael J. and Anna C. Mancosh. He attended Scott High School until his sophomore year when he transferred to Castle Heights Military Academy, graduating in 1942. He attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship but was there less than one year before being drafted into the army, serving 29 months with the 7th Armored Infantry Division, the final 19 months in the European theater, stationed in Belgium and seeing final combat in the Battle of the Bulge. Returning home after the war, he met and married Rose Marie Beck with whom he spent nearly 60 years of marriage and with whom he raised four sons. His devotion and pride in his family was enormous and clear to all who knew him. Mr. Mancosh graduated from Indiana State University in 1951 with an Education Degree and in later years obtained his Masters in Education from The University of Pittsburgh. He taught at Butler High School and Plum Township High School before moving to Shady Side Academy in 1954. In the classroom he proved himself to be fair, firm and effective, dedicated to producing not just better learners, but better citizens. As a Headmaster of Shady Side Academy Middle School from 1966 until his retirement in 1986, he lead talented faculties by example, with a clear vision and set of expectations for the education of the students under his responsibility. He believed that education went beyond the classroom and required the lessons of respect and honesty. Mr. Mancosh regarded as special successes, those students for whom he took a chance in admission, but by their own efforts and the work of the school, prospered as students and young men. Friends received Monday, February 10, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7720 Perry Highway. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, 10 a.m., at St. Mary of Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road. Contributions may be made to the David A. Mancosh Scholarship Fund, Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014
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