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Passed away in his Sewickley home on January 22, 2019 at the age of 93. Stan, or "Toe," as he was affectionately called by his family, was born to the late George Arthur Rideout and Sarah Olive West Rideout on May 25, 1925 in Marianna, PA. He was one of 13 children. Raised in the neighborhood of Beltzhoover in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh, Stan, his loving wife, Vike, and children moved to the idyllic town of Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1973, where he lived until his passing. In 1943, after finishing South Hills High School, Stan was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radio man in Seattle and Pearl Harbor until his discharge in 1946. He was unwavering in his determination to attend college and entered Duquesne University in 1950, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1954. While at Duquesne, Stan started his life of community service at the Soho Community Center and Pittsburgh's Recreational Center. After graduating in 1954, he held various jobs, including a stint at the Morganza Reformatory. In 1957, Stan married the love of his life, Vina Lee Crable. Stan was introduced to his beloved town of Sewickley in 1958 when he was hired as the boys' worker at the Sewickley Community Center. In 1961, he began working as a probation officer at the Juvenile Court of Allegheny County. He would also became the Center's executive director. During his tenure at the Center, he conceived of and established the annual "Come On Home Weekend" which was undoubtedly the most anticipated weekend of the year for Sewickley's African American community. For 43 years, Sewickleyans would travel from all over the country and sometimes the world to reconnect with their family and loved ones. In 1971, Stan was offered the job that would certainly define and distinguish his life in Pittsburgh. He was named Chief of Security for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Throughout the next 25 years, he put his unparalleled stamp on the city and was able to keep the schools safe while creating employment opportunities for a diverse and loyal group of guards and staff. Stan often travelled as a consultant throughout the country and was recognized and honored as one the nation's leading authorities on school security. Stan loved and excelled in sports. He played baseball in college and sandlot football most of his life, but his favorite activity was playing tennis on weekends with his family. In his later years, he would enjoy spending countless hours on the front porch of his home listening to music and having conversations with all who would pass by. Stan sadly and suddenly lost his loving wife, Vike, on March 5, 2014, due to a tragic illness, but continued to enjoy the love of his children friends and family until his death. He leaves behind his four children, Suzanne, Rex (Joi), James (Debra), and Lee; as well as three granchildren, Kendall, Matthew, and Zachary; brother-in-law, James Crable (Elaine); "adopted" children, Norma West Green, Darlene Harris Barnes (Rodney), and Craig Bethel; as well as countless nieces, nephews, and friends, all of whom he loved dearly. A Celebration of Stanley's life will be held at a later date. The RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 328 Beaver St., Sewickley, PA 15143, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2019.
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February 19, 2019
The passing of your loved one is a sadness but the memories and the power of prayer help ease the pain and help soothe you during this difficult
February 19, 2019
To the Rideout Family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Danielle Vasser-Mercado
February 16, 2019
To Stanley's family,

Any time that we lose loved one this is certainly a difficult time. May the precious memories you shared together, help you cope and bring you peace. May the scripture found at 1 Thes. 4:14 bring you some comfort knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be reassuring. May the God of peace be with you and your family during this time.

February 15, 2019
I remember first meeting Mr Rideout while on hall duty at South High School. We became fast friends after that. When I saw him at the Board or any other of the many schools I worked in during subsequent years, he always greeted me with a smile and hug. I had the greatest respect for him and the wonderful job he did during difficult times. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Donna Pugliano Donegan
Donna Donegan
February 1, 2019
One of the best, his contributions to his community and friends will live on forever. He will be sorely missed.
Bill Hadley
January 30, 2019
To the rideout family, so sorry for your loss. We were neighbors years ago. Your dad was an amazing man. Always super nice, and very welcoming to your home. May you all find peace within. Much love Kristen.
Kristen Robertson
January 29, 2019
An amazing man and one of my dad's best friends. "Uncle Stan" and "Stan the Man," I lovingly referred to him as. Always greeted me with a smile and a hug when I would arrive in Sewickley and head to the annual "Come On Home" boat ride. He and my cousin Harold Parker, the greeters and ambassadors of that great celebration. I was always tickled to watch Stan and my Pops talk trash and kid each other, it's one of my fondest memories of the two of them. Stan remained one of my closest connections to my dad and I made sure I visited him every time I was in Sewickley. I saw him last fall and he was as spry as ever, recounting fond memories and speaking fondly of my dad. "My best friend," he would say. We were content to hold hands and have a "cocktail," and reminisce of times gone by as well as contemporary and political matters. His wonderful daughter, Suzanne Rideout, took exceptional care of him and I'm certain added years to his life. She is to be commended for her amazing dedication and love.
Bonnie Butler
January 29, 2019
Dear Ones,
Thank you for sharing your Dad with me. His Stan the Man-isms will forever resonate in my mind, bringing forth many memories and smiles. May you find comfort in knowing that God has welcomed him home to be with your beloved Mother.
Charmaine Page
January 28, 2019
Suzanne, Rex, Jimmy, Lee Lee and extended family; My Deepest Sympathy.Sincerely,Barb Chase
January 28, 2019
My Condolences to the family. May god give you rest and peace in the coming days. He was a very nice man.
Karlyn Johnson
January 27, 2019
Officer P.Robinson
May you rest in peace And may God bless your family at this time.
Officer Pamela D. Robinson
January 27, 2019
Darlene and the entire Rideout family, my condolences on the passing of your patriarch. I remember Mr. Rideout and his wife from 5th Avenue and Brashear. He worked hard to make all our students and staff safe. What a great life he lived.
Jim Daugherty
January 27, 2019
I'm sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I appreciated who he was - a great person. My condolences to the family.

-Michael Gray
Michael Gray
January 27, 2019
There was never a time when you didn't make me feel loved. You taught me that I had value and was worthy of being loved. Thank you, Stan. I'll always love you. I know it was time to let you go but I'll miss you always. Thank you for being my mentor, father and friend. When I think of you there will always be a smile on my face and laughter in my heart. I know you are resting peacefully knowing you did well.
Norma West-Green
January 27, 2019
Sending love to the Rideout family. Your Dad was such a great man, and I was blessed to share a friendship with him when I worked at the credit union at the Board. He adored your Mom and loved his family. I know he made a difference in the lives of many people; I know he did in mine.
Debby Wolfson
January 27, 2019
My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences for all members of your Family at this difficult time. May the prayers and words expressed, let all of you know; that we care and each one of you are not alone at this time
Louise Carlino
January 25, 2019
roll on stan you were [are] a good man
January 25, 2019
Rosemary (Beddard) Kracun
January 25, 2019
Mr. Rideout was a contributor
In a world of takers he will be missed. Sincere condolences. Love, Felice
Felice Robinson
January 25, 2019
My deepest sympathy. I had the honor of working as Stan's secretary at the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He earned the respect of his employees, the administration, the students, parents, and the public by performing his duties as Chief of Security with authority and precision. When he entered a situation, everyone knew who was in charge. He was a dynamic man and wonderful boss.
Ann Beddard-Wiley
January 25, 2019
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Yvette Flaxman
January 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss Vike. May God surround you and your family with His peace.
January 25, 2019
To the family of Stanley Rideout .
Sorry and saddened to see that my long time friend from South Hills High School has passed away. Stanley and I were close friends during our High school years at South Hills ... We sang in the choir together and hung out quite a bit. I honestly have to say the Stan was the closest friend I had in high School ... Life does take funny turns ... I left school in my senior year to go on the road with a name jazz band. Later I was drafted by the army and sent to Europe .. and I see that Stanley went to the navy and on to the Pacific .. Out live's took separate paths after that ...Sad to say I never ran into Stanley again after high school . He was warm, brite , funny and a truly good friend. I'm sure he will be missed by many ..... Joe Negri
Joe Negri
January 25, 2019
Stan was a good and faithful employee of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He led the security department during some difficult times. May he rest in peace.
Vince Carr
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