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Age 66, formerly of Highland Park, passed away at his home in Bloomfield on Monday, June 30, 2014. Beloved son of the late Victor and Mary Grace Navarro; brother of Anthony Navarro. Victor was a prolific artist, author of three books including "Victorious Delusions" and "Shannon in the Coal Town". Victor also was a lover of art, music, film and literature, and a lifelong philosopher. He loved people and people loved him. It's an understatement to say that he will be profoundly missed. Friends received at McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut St., Shadyside on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A celebration of Victor's life will be held on Thursday at the Crazy Mocha Coffeehouse, 4525 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, at 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be made to Carnegie Museum.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jul. 2 to Jul. 3, 2014.
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March 5, 2015
Victor was one of the kindest, funniest, most intelligent people I met in Pittsburgh. I am a better writer and a better person because of the time I spent with him. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have the chance to get to know him.
Jeff Sanger
July 28, 2014
I just found out about this today. Victor was my best friend when I came to Pgh. We traveled night and day for many years and had some great times together. I owe my love of Pittsburgh to Victor and I will miss him a lot. He was such a good friend and I'll never forget him. I'm so sorry, Tony!
Mick Martin
July 5, 2014
The greatest delusions may be connected through unlikely vortexes. The scope of potential is unknown... Strangely beautiful.
July 4, 2014
Tony, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Loree
July 4, 2014
You were my best friend at Sacred Heart. I'm sorry we didn't stay in touch. Greg W.
July 3, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss, and for the world's loss. Victor certainly touched a lot of people, and made a difference in the world - and in what he made his world. I am so grateful that people saw to his soul and let him in. Love you Tony.
Bonnie Shore Dombrowski
July 3, 2014
Artist, teacher, visionary and, probably most importantly for me, "Johnny, Jr." was a really good friend to me for a lot of years. We had many good times together back then, took some fun trips, but do some pretty boring stuff too, e.g., doing a LOT of cruising around Shadyside and Oakland in one of those big Pontiacs or Oldsmobiles Victor used to drive...we were young and foolish, but then wasn't everyone? The world is a better place for you to have been here with the rest of us for a time Johnny! Send best wishes from us all to Meher Baba my friend.

Anthony, be well.
Bill Rogina
July 3, 2014
I know I can't do justice to describing the memory of Victor. He was omnipresent--always kind, encouraging, and hilarious. He was the mayor of the coffeeshops he inhabited. He knew everyone, and everyone knew him. Thanks for your kindness and friendship, Victor. We won't forget you.
n j
July 3, 2014
Growing up I knew you two as JR and Anthony and from reading all these messages I guess you are now Victor and Tony. Time changes a lot of things. All of my memories go way back to the 50s. Coming to Highland Ave to play so often and our parents having "cocktails" and dinner. Or running through the Big House on Navarro St and wonderful Aunt Jennie. We were all great friends back then. After high school we completely lost touch but I could never forget you guys.

Anthony, I am so so sorry for your loss. I loved you both and will never forget you. And it sounds like Jay lived a full life.

Carol Corso Chesick
July 3, 2014
I always told Victor many times over the years that he was the "The Mayor of Bloomfield" because he knew so many people and was so well liked by so many including my entire family and I. With that great sense of humor and that gravelly voice Victor would respond "I better finish my coffee and get started on fixing the potholes around here". You will be missed Mr. Mayor.
John Lyons
July 3, 2014
Good night, Victor. You'll be missed by so many.
July 3, 2014
.. thanks Vic for enriching all who knew you with your great spirit. I will miss you my friend. Say hi to Githa.
Michael Lange
July 3, 2014
Victor was an old soul brought to us to help teach and encourage (among other things) humility, respect, and inner-growth. I feel honored to have known Victor while working and living in Bloomfield. Crazy Mocha will never be the same without his presence and wit. He will be missed but never forgotten! ONE LOVE Victor!!!
William Tenenbaum
July 3, 2014
So sorry Bumper Gammon
July 3, 2014
I didn't know Victor personally, but through many great photos of him, taken by a friend who is a photographer. Reading the obit and some of the comments makes me really wish I had gotten the chance to know him. It sounds like he was a wonderful person. So sorry for your loss.
July 3, 2014
One person, one life, one incredible story. Although I never met Victor, it's clear that your brother was loved and cherished by many in the community. You are in my thoughts, Anthony.
Diane Novosel
July 3, 2014
It's been a lifetime since I last saw Victor and Tony but one never forgets the people that made an impression on their life. My condolences Tony and RIP to your brother.
Gary Podolsky
July 3, 2014
Victor was a meteor living amongst us mortals. He collected every piece of spacejunk along the way and made it his fiery fuel. And when his meteor collided with physical mass...look out! His impact is the stuff of legends. We may not see his glowing entity anymore, but all we need to see is the crater like dent he made and know his effect is timeless. Thanks for everything Victor...ya dig?
Pete Schmidt
July 2, 2014
Dear Victor,
You were my first love.
What words could ever convey how you touched my heart?
I hope you keep sparkin' in Heaven, dear Victor.
Holly Willard Campbell
July 2, 2014
Victor holds a special place in Pittsburgh history. He fostered so many creative people and supported us in our endeavors with enthusiasm regardless of our levels of experience. He shared his work with great modesty and earnestness. All the lives he has touched will be forever indebted to his gentle spirit. We send our love and respect to Anthony and all of his family.
The Fenner family
July 2, 2014
I love you Victor with all of my heart, forever and ever! I'm so sorry Tony for the loss of your brother, we were all so lucky to have known such a special person all those years.
angela diaz
July 2, 2014
You were a great friend and i love you buddy you made me apprechiate art and lit
Terrence Ritchey
July 2, 2014
I knew him in the 60s. He had the soul of a poet then and I understand that he preserved it and took it with him, intact, despite any uglies that may have crowded his path. I hope he has finally found his long-sought garden. My best regards to all those who loved him well.
-- Kathleen Connelly Murphy
July 2, 2014
Anthony, you have my sincerest condolences. Victor meant the world to me, and to an entire community. I loved that guy. And regret not telling him more. Our little corner of the world will never be as bright, but we are all better off for having known him. Thankfully, Victor left us all with many remarkable memories. He spoke of you with reverence; you were his brother, his family...he loved you very much. Stay strong and know that you have an entire community to lean on.
Dean Brandt
July 2, 2014
Anthony I am so sorry for your loss of Victor. I know he loved you so much. I feel so lucky to have had the friendship that I did with him, and will cherish that forever.
Shannon Lyons
July 2, 2014
Anthony, I am so sorry to hear about JR. I know how much you loved him and how hard this is for you. Please know that I am here for you. Love ya cousin!!!!!!!!
July 2, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Victor's passing. He was incredible in the way he found to live his life on his terms. What may have been obstacles for others became sources of inspiration for him. Victor was an artist through to his bones. Well done, my friend, sleep well.
Tony, my deepest condolences and all of our love to you from me and Karen and the boys.
David Shore
July 2, 2014
Tony, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's death. May He rest easy in the hands of God! You take care of yourself as I know you loved Him immensely...
Sharon Opperman
July 2, 2014
Anthony ,you have my deepest sympathy. It is hard to lose a brother and you were a wonderful loving brother to Victor. I have fond childhood memories of going to your house after school and swinging on the playset with him. He was so loved by his grandmother and the family and it is gratifying to know that he had so many friends and lived the life he wanted to live and did those things in which he was so interested. He was a unique man and I know he will be sorely missed. I will see you Thursday. Alex
Mary Alexandra Navarro Alexander
July 2, 2014
Anthony, I was shocked and saddened to learn of Victor's death. When we were young I loved going over to your house to swing on the playset with him. He was a unique person and although I have not seen him, he built a good life with his friends and I am pleased that he lived a life surrounded by people who loved him. My deepest sympathy to you. It is hard to lose a brother and you were a wonderful one to Victor. I will see you Thursday. Alex
July 2, 2014
victor i will miss our talks & RANTS!!!and all of your wonderful insight. It was a pleasure knowing you and thank you for sharing your talent! You were one hell of a guy!
s r
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