Dave Tanilli
1955 - 2021
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Dave Tanilli, 65, of Sarver, formerly of Brackenridge, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, after a month-long heroic battle with the coronavirus, surrounded by his family at St. Margaret's Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 9, 1955, to the late Leo and Lena Tanilli. Dave met his wife, Janie, of 43 years, at Highlands High School in 1972. She was the head majorette, and he played the trumpet in the marching band. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1977. Dave worked for Thrift Drug Co. from 1977 to 1997, working his way up to the corporate office. In 1997, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning his own business. He founded and owned JDI Sales and Consulting, a successful retail brokerage company for more than 20 years, until he retired in 2018. Dave loved people and he loved to make them laugh. He was often called the "life of the party." He was a passionate man who worked hard, loved deeply and would do anything for anyone. His friends, of which there are many, were his family. He always had a smile on his face and approached life with an open heart. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, with the Steelers in particular. He was a 25-year season ticket holder and was their number one fan, win or lose. He and his wife traveled the country for sports memorabilia to add to his collection and fine antiques for their home. Dave had a deep affection for all animals, and truly loved his feline companions. He loved all genres of music and attended many live concerts, from jazz to hard rock. Dave loved to garden and grew beautiful hydrangea plants, which he picked every day in the summer and brought into their home. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Janie Tanilli; brothers, Mark and Bob, and sister, Maria, also, his goddaughter, Morgan Tanilli, godson, Christian Tanilli, two nieces, Brittany Bock and Rachel Tanilli, nephew, Anthony Tanilli, and his loving mother-in-law, Eileen Mosley, who loved him like a son. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Tanilli. Dave wouldn't want us to be sad, he would want us to celebrate his wonderful life. This summer, there will be a celebration of his life when we can hopefully get together and share our love and memories of our beloved David. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E. Tenth Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Jack Hartman, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. Visit: www.dusterfh.com.

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Published in Tribune Review on Jan. 12, 2021.
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January 21, 2021
Janie, So sorry to learn about Dave's passing He and I would get together for many years at conventions and when in traveled from Chattanooga to the burgh. both avid Steeler fans win or lose .
may God's grace and healing powers provide you with comfort
and to Dave will Always be thinking about you- "brother"
Blessings,
Chcuk Dailey
Chuck Dailey
January 18, 2021
So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He was a great co-worker and I was proud to call him my friend.
Lou Helfrich
Friend
January 15, 2021
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Dave. I graduated with Dave and also worked with him at Thrift Drug. He will always be remembered as a great person and his beautiful smile.

Pam Goga
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Pam Goga
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January 15, 2021
Dennis Burns
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January 15, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Dave was always cheerful and went out of his way for everyone. I worked at Thrift/Eckerd for 32 years.
May God bless your family.
Stan Pesotski
Coworker
January 15, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Dave was always cheerful and went out of his way for everyone. I worked at Thrift/Eckerd for 32 years.
May God bless hour family.
Stan Pesotski
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January 13, 2021
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January 13, 2021
We are so sorry for the lose of a good man. Praying for you and your family.
John and Lori Osche
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January 12, 2021
Janie - It has been years since I've seen you, but think about you often. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know that we are here for you, should you need a thing. My memories of Dave were great ones. He loved to tease and always made me laugh! I know you hold so many great memories. I pray that they bring you solace during this time. Prayers, hugs and much love to you, my friend.
Dara K. Bush
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January 12, 2021
Janie, we are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was such a wonderful person. Sending you love and prayers.
Robin Menard & Greg Padi
January 12, 2021
Janie. We are so sorry to receive this news and so very sorry for your loss. There is a void in the world without Dave. You both were a beautiful couple. Words can’t express ... Our prayers for comfort and strength to you Much love, Lori and Terry Gaworski
Lori Gaworski
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January 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you Janie. Dave was a wonderful guy and I am sure he will be remembered by several for who he was. Share your memories Janie. Keep Him close to your heart and yes, celebrate his life. You have my condolences, he will be missed.
Donna Scholl
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January 12, 2021
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Travis Boyle
January 12, 2021
I’m so sad to hear this news. David was such a fine gentleman in every sense. My condolences to Janie and Eileen who often said he was the son she never had. He always had a smile and a winning personality. RIP David.
David C. Christopher
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