On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at age 78, of Carnegie, beloved husband of Mary Louise (Beck) for 58 years, passed away peacefully. Beloved father of Donald M. (Maryann) Gruda, Carol A. (David) McNavish and the late Kathryn A. Gruda; proud pap to David (Candace) McNavish, Kelly (Jake) Houmand, Brian and Daniel McNavish, Matthew and Christopher Gruda; brother of Walter (Betsy) Gruda and sisters, Alice Annesi, Larraine Fleck, Sandra Lamb, Debbie DiNardis; as well as many nieces and nephews. In his younger years, Don was an avid soccer player and played on many competitive teams such as Heidelberg, Harmarville and Beadling. In 1963 he was presented the Dapper Dan Award and the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Sports Award. In their retirement years Don and his wife traveled across the United States and spent their winters in Fort Myers, FL. Don enjoyed reading and playing his Martin guitar. Family and friends are received on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the SZAFRANSKI - EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 101 Third St., Carnegie. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Thursday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Mt. Lebanon, PA 15243 or the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Bank, 330 Third Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106. Interment in St. Ignatius Cemetery.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2014