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Virgil Fassio

Virgil Fassio, age 91, passed away on the morning of September 5,

2018. He was born to Italian immigrants Domenico and Carolina Fassio in Pittsburgh, PA on August 10th, 1927, growing up there with his older sisters Christina and Ida (predeceased).

Virgil was a dedicated husband and father, community champion, world traveler, baseball lover, Navy veteran and newspaperman - but, above all, he was an eternal optimist.

He studied political science at the University of Pittsburgh where, in addition to his studies, he founded a local newspaper the Beechview News. This would mark the beginning of an amazing 46 year newspaper career which would take him through many positions, including time at the Detroit Free Press and Chicago Tribune, and would ultimately land him in a city he loved as the Publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. During his 17 years at the P-I and into retirement he would champion causes that he believed added to the fabric of the region. He fought to maintain two independent newspaper voices. He served on the boards of many organizations and dedicated his time to supporting many community causes, including the Seattle Mariners and the RBI Club, Medic One, Seattle U, and Woodland Park Zoo. He was indeed a man of service, whether wearing the uniform of Commander in the US Naval Reserve or that of King Neptune at Seafair.

Virgil traveled the world many times and saw many things, but he always knew that what mattered most was what was close to home - his family, friends and community.

At age 90, he completed his memoir, Steel City to Emerald City: A Newspaperman's Life Journey. He is survived by his loving wife Sunni, three sons Richard (Mary), David, and Michael (Kristy), five grandchildren, and other family who hold him close in their hearts. Services are pending.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Medic One Foundation.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 16, 2018
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