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1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Age 86, passed away into the hands of his loving Lord, surrounded by his family, in his home on Monday, June 12, 2017. He suffered a stroke in 2012, but still enjoyed the remaining years of his life with his loving family despite several setbacks and hospitalizations. He succumbed to pneumonia after a long and courageous fight. Frank started his political life in the late 1960s as a community activist, forming the Penn Hills Taxpayers League. In 1971, he was elected Commissioner of the 9th Ward and later, Councilman at Large in Penn Hills. He served in that capacity until he was elected as the first Penn Hills citizen to represent the 44th Senatorial District in 1978 until his retirement in 1994. Frank distinguished himself as an advocate for his constituents and a guardian of our tax dollars. His accomplishments were many, including the improvements to the Rodi Road Corridor in Penn Hills, the establishment of the Penn Hills Ambulance Service, procuring the land for the current Penn Hills Library, and establishing Child Find, which is now known as Megan's Law, for missing and exploited children, to name a few. In the Senate, he was a consistent and outspoken supporter of increased funding for education, improved transportation and reduced government interference in people's lives. He was involved in several charitable organizations including The Western PA School for the Deaf, and PA Autism Society. He was a lifetime member of F.O.P Lodge 91, Perry-Ionic Lodge 796 as he was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shiloh Royal Arch Chapter 257. Frank was an avid golfer and a member of Alcoma Golf Club. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially their trip to Italy. They spent time in Florida, Las Vegas and California, as well. Frank will be remembered for his fierce loyalty to his friends, his great love for his wife (Bella Mia), children, family, friends, and colleagues. He was an honest, kind, and gracious gentleman throughout his life, and will be sorely missed. Frank was born August 8, 1930 to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Cristillo) Pecora. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara (Gigliotti) Pecora; two children, Frank L. Pecora and Barbara Pecora of Penn Hills; many nieces and nephews; and special niece, Sandra DeBellis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Joseph "Sonny" (Elizabeth) Pecora; sister, Eleanor (John) DeBellis; and cousins, Charles and Amelia Pagano. The family would like to thank Dr. Pal Muthappan, Vitas Healthcare, and his special friends and caregivers, Michael Kisner, Rebecca Peters and Cathy LeClear. Family and friends received, Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9p.m. at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, LTD./ROTH CHAPEL, 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road) Penn Hills. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by The Most Reverend William J. Winter, S.T.D., retired auxillary Bishop of Pittsburgh, will be Monday, 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Parish, Verona, where he was longtime member and usher. Entombment will follow in Restland Memorial Park, Monroeville.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 15 to June 16, 2017
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