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1937 - 2014 | Obituary
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Tom Petrone, of Crafton Heights, age 77, passed away peacefully. Husband of Marlene (Ricchiuto) Petrone; father of Christa Maria Petrone and the late Dean Thomas Petrone; brother of Adeline "Sis" Kruppa, the late James J. Petrone and the late Francis "Cici" A. Petrone; uncle of Frank Randazza and the late Piero "Perry" Petrone. Tom was the son of the late Frank A. and Julia (Visco) Petrone. He is survived by his remaining cousins and family, especially those he reached out to and who were with him in recent months. Tom was born July 31, 1937, and grew up in Crafton. He attended St. Philip School, Crafton High School, and the former Carnegie Technical Institute (now Carnegie Mellon University). In 1980, Tom was elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, where he proudly served the 27th legislative district for 28 years until his retirement in 2008. Among many endeavors during his tenure, he was Chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee for eight consecutive terms beginning in 1993. Prior to that, he served on multiple Committees: Aging & Youth, Appropriations, Finance (where he was Vice Chairman), Game & Fisheries, Labor Relations, Military & Veterans Affairs, and State Government. Tom sponsored a vast range of legislation, some notably real estate assessments, PACE program, mental health/mental retardation workers, drug and alcohol counselors, EMS, identity theft, community revitalization, nursing, and healthcare for volunteer firefighters. He was instrumental in economic development initiatives in the Pittsburgh region, including construction of the new Pittsburgh International Airport and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Tom was a United States Navy veteran, and was an active member of countless organizations, including the American Legion, Italian Heritage Society of America, Western Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the VFW. His contributions to both his district and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were immense, and his legacy will be fondly remembered. Per Tom's wishes, there will be no visitation and the Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to St. Philip School, 50 West Crafton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Arrangements are being handled by the ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME, 900 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, 412-921-1705. Add a tribute at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 10, 2014
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