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EDWARD W. PATCHELL Jr.


1953 - 2019
EDWARD W. PATCHELL Jr. Obituary
PATCHELL, JR. EDWARD W.

November 25, 1953 – October 18, 2019. Edward W. Patchell, Jr., formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, entered peacefully into eternal life on October 18, 2019 at the Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota, FL.  Edward (Win) was born on November 25, 1953 in Pittsburgh, son of Nina Patchell and the late Edward W. Patchell. He was the beloved husband of 37 years to his wife, Patricia (Rovnak) Patchell and cherished father to Elizabeth Rodenberger (Matthew) and David Patchell. Win is also survived by his two younger sisters, Kathryn Ehehalt and Jane Patchell of Millsboro, Del., along with several brothers- and sisters-in-law, many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Win enjoyed being a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13.  He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. From an early age Win wanted to be an engineer.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and earned both his bachelor's and master's of Civil Engineering degrees from the university, fulfilling his dream and becoming a fifth generation engineer.  While at Pitt, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, which he remembered fondly. Win was a devoted Pitt sports fan, always embracing the "blue and gold." In addition to his engineering degrees, Win earned his MBA from Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, In. and spoke often of his time there. Edward W. Patchell, Jr. PE, FASCE began and finished his career with American Bridge Company (AB) located in Coraopolis, PA.  He was especially proud to have worked at AB for over 25 years and was thrilled to receive his bronze safety helmet plaque commemorating his time there, keeping it in a special place in his home for him and all to see.  Win cherished his time at American Bridge and the people he met while working there, whom he considered to be like family. Win's varied work experiences at American Bridge (PPG Place, Pgh. PA; Wasserman Bridge Tennessee; High Roller Observation Wheel, Las Vegas) to name a few,  gave him the opportunity to receive Professional Engineering (PE) reciprocity in several states. It also gave him the opportunity to earn and be elected an American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Fellow member. This ranking is held by only three percent of ASCE members. He was very proud of this honor of being a Fellow ASCE Member. Win had a zest for life.  He enjoyed outdoor sports such as swimming, water and snow skiing, sailing, and recreational boating.  Reading was a favorite past time of Win's, along with his interests in history and music, which he enjoyed with his entire family.  Win enjoyed entertaining family and friends with his diverse collection of albums. No one could match his skills in trivia, especially when it came to his knowledge of the music and artists he enjoyed.  His children followed in their father's footsteps when it came to their enjoyment of music. Win's love for his family and friends was apparent in the numerous gatherings hosted over the years. Win had a love for good food, especially steak, and didn't hesitate to enjoy the various Slovak food traditions introduced to him by his bride, Patricia.  Edward Winslow Patchell, Jr. will always be remembered and celebrated by his loving family and friends. The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Raymond Gallon and his staff, who for many years were incredibly compassionate with his care. Interment will take place in a family plot in Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, PA, at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to , 161 N. Clark St., Suite 3550, Chicago, IL 60601 (please specify Myotonic Dystrophy), and Tidewell Hospice Sarasota, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Nov. 10, 2019
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