Pasquale V. DeBlasio
1936 - 2021
BORN
June 15, 1936
DIED
March 1, 2021
Bridgeville Mayor Pasquale Vincent DeBlasio
June 15, 1936 - March 1, 2021


Pasquale Vincent DeBlasio was born and raised in Hazelwood, PA the son of Patsy and Narcey DeBlasio. He grew up the third of five children in a loving first-generation Italian immigrant household with his family sharing traditions of both worlds. His father worked for 38 years at J&L Steel. Pat treasured the company watch that his father passed onto him as a reminder of the values he grew up with. Those values of service, family, and overcoming adversity were at the core of who Pat was. In his youth, he was educated at St. Stevens Parish in Hazelwood and found himself facing adversity in the form of rheumatic heart fever at the young age of eleven. At that time, rheumatic heart fever was a primary cause of early heart failure and Pat was given a life expectancy of his early forties. From there on out he chose to live his life as if it were on borrowed time.

In 1959 Pat graduated from Duquesne University and began teaching at Point Park where he met Janet Cichinelli, a CPA and fellow Accounting Instructor, the two married in December 1962 and he joined her accounting practice. In 1966 Pat became a member of the founding faculty of the newly created Community College of Allegheny County. He earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from Duquesne in 1967 and under Janet's supervision became a CPA. Pat remained a Professor of Accounting at The Community College of Allegheny County until he retired in 1998. Even though Pat was a full-time Accounting Professor, Partner in a family accounting practice, and father of four boys he still felt the call to contribute to his community, adding service leader to his repertoire. He became a cubmaster, a Lector at St. Agatha's Church and as a founding member of the Bridgeville Community Association he led the Bridgeville Borough celebrations for the US bicentennial in 1976. He went on to serve as the Mayor of Bridgeville from 1978 – 1986. As mayor, he led Bridgeville and other municipalities in founding the Char-West Council of governments serving as its first President. To this day The Char-West Council of Governments continues to provide services to local municipalities. Pat continued to follow his passion for serving the community in various capacities including serving on the Bridgeville Planning Commission and board of the Southbridge Emergency Services.

Pat outlived his expiration date many times. As he would say "medical technology somehow seems to stay a heartbeat ahead of me." When he arrived at his first expiration date in his early forties his damaged heart was well into congestive failure. At this time new procedures to replace damaged heart valves with porcine valves became available which Dr. Spanky Lewis, who trained under Pat's original cardiologist Dr. Frank Gregg, performed in 1978. A second set of valves came in 1998. Finally, in January of 2005 at the age of 68 (almost 30 years past his initial 'expiration date') Dr. Dennis McNamara and the late Dr. Brack Hattler took a chance on a new but slightly damaged heart through the generosity of organ donation. With this Pat was given a new lease on life. Pat was eternally grateful for all of the doctors, nurses, and caring support personnel at UPMC who were a critical part of his care.

A member of the Duquesne Red Masquers during his college days he was a hopeless romantic with a penchant for love stories and Broadway musicals, often encouraging his sons to show affection and love in their lives. He and Janet gave their four boys plenty of freedom to find their own paths, believing that if they gave them love and good values that they would eventually find their way.

The family spent summer vacations at the Deer Valley YMCA Camp in Ft. Hill, PA. These Deer Valley experiences left a lasting impression on the family and to this day they start their meals with songs that they learned at camp. Pat enjoyed co-hosting the annual "Uncles Fishing Trip" to Canada with his brothers-in-law and lifetime partners in crime, Ron Peters and Tom Skelly. These trips grew to include their sons and grandchildren as well. No matter where in the world he was, he drew others in with his gregarious laugh and insatiable curiosity that kept all he met feeling both connected and engaged.

Pat is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Cichinelli DeBlasio, his sister Elizabeth Ann Peters (Ron), and brother Roger (Dorothy), four sons; Pasquale, Mario (Linda), Gian (Heather), and Franco (Mary Jo), their seven grandchildren Blake (Oksana), Juliana (Christopher) Scorsone, Geno, Sarah Elizabeth, Jack, Vincent, Anthony, and their first great-grandchild Vincent M. Scorsone, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Narcey and his father Patsy, his sisters Jeanne (Tom), and Mary Stella who died as a child. Pat made joy from our sorrows all the way to the end, passing peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 4th, and Friday, March 5th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM each day at Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Pike, Bridgeville PA 15017 (412-221-3800). The funeral mass is to be held at Holy Child Catholic Church, 212 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017, on Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 AM. There will be a reception immediately following the mass for friends and family.

The family requests that any remembrances for Pat's life be made in the form of tax-deductible charitable donation to South Bridge Emergency Medical Services.

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Published by Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral & Cremation Service from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Mar
4
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral & Cremation Service
430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Mar
4
Visitation
7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral & Cremation Service
430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Mar
5
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral & Cremation Service
430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Mar
5
Visitation
7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral & Cremation Service
430 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Mar
6
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m.
Holy Child Catholic Church
212 Station Street, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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13 Entries
Just heard about Pat very sorry for your family’s loss. Lots of good memories
Cathy & Paul Land
Friend
March 16, 2021
Roger & Dorothy - My deepest sympathy
Christopher William Retenauer
March 4, 2021
Janet & Family
Cousin Pasuquale will be missed,
I will always remember him as a loving and a great person.
May Pasquale Rest In Peace.

Love,
Your Cousin
Carol Hanvey-Honda

Carol Hanvey-Honda
Family
March 4, 2021
Rest in Love Pat ❤

Zena Besas
Friend
March 4, 2021
To our Dearest Ohana of Our most Beloved Cousin Pasquale,
As our hearts are heavy and yet lifted by fond memories of your visit to Hawaii and meeting for the first time it allows us to reflect and to appreciate all the Aloha that was bought to us all!
Pasquale made that happen.
my deepest sympathy to you all!

Janet, I wish I could be there to embrace my condolences with much Aloha to you, Pat, Mario, Gian and Franco and family.

I will never forget the day we all first met!
So much Smiles and laughter...
so much ALOHA!

Aloha ‘Oe
(Until we meet again)

Aloha,
Zena & Joe Besas and family

Thanks for the dance Pasquale!
I’ll Cherish it forever!
❤ Zena


Zena Besas
Family
March 4, 2021
Prayers, love and hugs to the whole family. Pasquale was truly wonderful and will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace Pasquale.
Michelle Scorsone
March 4, 2021
Bruno, Rita, Sons & Families
March 4, 2021
Janet and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Pat was a great guy and family man and will be missed. Sending love and prayers to all of you!
Linda Pechin-Pribila
Family
March 4, 2021
Rest in Peace
Michael Halpin
Friend
March 3, 2021
Rest in Peace
Michael Halpin
Friend
March 3, 2021
My condolences to all of the DeBlasio family.
Janet Scorsone
March 3, 2021
The Hundleys and Ziajas
March 3, 2021
great guy . Great neighbor. . I was glad to have known him in his later years great story teller may he rest in peace
mark pintea
March 3, 2021