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CHARLES R. PITCHALONIS

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CHARLES R., 80, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 7, 2015. "Bob" is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Rita (nee Squilla); his loving daughters Rhea Jones (Brian) and Joanne Peritz (David), and 3 grandchildren, Kelsie Jett and Brandon and Sarah Peritz. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Born in Pottsville, PA in 1934, Bob was the son of the late Margaret Ann Leddy and Charles Joseph Pitchalonis.
After graduation, Bob served 2 years in the Army as a cryptographer. Following his service he worked 30 years for ACME Bakery and then 11 years for the United States Postal Service.
Bob was a dedicated and enthusiastic member and officer of his local American Postal Workers Union, and was looked upon as a father figure by his many union brothers and sisters. Bob was on the union's local executive board and was an arbitration advocate, always fighting for the rights of his fellow workers. Even after retirement, union members would reach out to Bob for his great wealth of knowledge and expertise. Affectionately nicknamed "Pitch" and "The Silver Fox", Bob was respected and admired by all and will be deeply missed by the friends he worked with and advocated for.
Bob was well known for his sense of humor and his amazing skills at Jeopardy. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, discussing history, debating political views and watching the Phillies and Eagles. Most of all he enjoyed his time with his family. Everyone who knew Bob marveled at his intelligence and felt valued in his presence. Bob was humble, gentle, honest, and a loving husband and remarkable father, father-in-law and grand-father. His children and grand-children are eternally grateful for the values he instilled in them, largely through example. He will always be deeply loved and eternally missed.
Services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Jeanes Hospital, 7600 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.
Published on Philly.com on June 9, 2015
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