Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
301 Curry Hollow Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
(412) 655-4501
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Age 82, of Baldwin Boro, on January 1, 2010. Loving husband of the late Louise Gertrude Frank McKenzie; proud and caring father of Donald R., Jr. (JoAnn) McKenzie, Patricia A. (Jake) Vagias, Michael A. (Darla) McKenzie, and Steven D. (Renee) McKenzie; devoted son of the late L. F. "Jack" McKenzie and the late ClaraBelle Edenhart McKenzie; caring grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of 7; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his loyal and beloved dog, Sassy. A life-long resident of Pittsburgh, Don graduated from South Hills High School, Class of 1944. He entered military service in March, 1945 serving in the Pacific Theater and Korea. He was honorably discharged in December 1946. Don and Louise were married in August of 1947 and he began a long and successful career as an electrician with I.B.E.W. Local #5. From apprentice through journeyman, foreman, general foreman and superintendent, Don worked tirelessly for 42 years to support his family and make the city of Pittsburgh a brighter and safer place. A skilled craftsman, meticulous technician, and respected leader and manager, his personal motto was "if you're going to do something, do it right the first time." He did exactly that for his entire career. He was a proud member of Local #5 for 62 years. An avid wood worker and gardener who took great pride in his home, Don and his wife Louise enjoyed many years of good health and happiness traveling the country and the world and visiting with friends and family. A Memorial Service will be held at the JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM. It will be followed by a reception at the family home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Western PA, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2010
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