ForeverMissed
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 and Pat treasured the company watch that his father passed on to 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 oard 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:
Visitation will be Thursday, March 4th and Friday, March 5th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM each day at Beinhauer-Fryer Funeral Home, 430 Washington Pike, Bridgeville PA 15017 (412-221-3800)

FUNERAL MASS:
Funeral Mass is will be at Holy Child Catholic Church, 212 Station St, Bridgeville, PA 15017 on Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 AM.

WAKE:
There will be a reception immediately following the mass for friends and family.  For those who may not be able to attend the funeral mass for Pasquale Vincent DeBlasio in person, please CLICK HERE 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The family requests that any remembrances for Pat’s life be made in the form of a tax-deductible charitable donation to South Bridge Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 142. Bridgeville, PA 15017 or directly via their website here
If you are traveling from out-of-town, we recommend staying at the Holiday Inn of Bridgeville:
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en...

Posted by Jeff and Jeni Frient on March 3, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the DeBlasio family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Joe Battista on March 3, 2021
Pat will be sorely missed but also always remembered for a life lived serving his family and others. Pat and Janet have made such an impact on my life and have always treated me like a part of the family for the past 38 years. I will always picture him smiling, full of energy, and willing to pass on his wisdom for the benefit of my family and me. “Celebrare la sua vita!” Ciao my friend.
Posted by Blake Deblasio on March 3, 2021
I love and miss him so very much Grandpa was Truely one of the kindest and loving people You will ever meet in life , he taught me and everyone around a lifetime of knowledge , love and laughter and most importantly how to live each day to its fullest while you are living

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Posted by Jeff and Jeni Frient on March 3, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the DeBlasio family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Joe Battista on March 3, 2021
Pat will be sorely missed but also always remembered for a life lived serving his family and others. Pat and Janet have made such an impact on my life and have always treated me like a part of the family for the past 38 years. I will always picture him smiling, full of energy, and willing to pass on his wisdom for the benefit of my family and me. “Celebrare la sua vita!” Ciao my friend.
Posted by Blake Deblasio on March 3, 2021
I love and miss him so very much Grandpa was Truely one of the kindest and loving people You will ever meet in life , he taught me and everyone around a lifetime of knowledge , love and laughter and most importantly how to live each day to its fullest while you are living
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Letter written to dad by Gian in 1997: What is a Heart?

Shared by Gian DeBlasio on June 15, 2021
What is a heart? 
A heart is a physical organ that we all rely on for the creation of energy within the body.  From the muscle comes our ability to manage our physical self.  You were afflicted with an illness that robbed you of a healthy "physical" heart, however, you have passed on to us the other wonderful "parts" of the heart. 

There are other representations for the heart which we have been blessed with through our relationship with you.  The heart represents Passion.  Passion and desire for everything we undertake....from you we have learned this big component of success in life & love.  I can think of no-one who approaches life with more passion than you. 

The heart also represents love and caring.  This side of life is one which is difficult to grasp but you have mastered.  The care that you have show us through your participation in the community and our family and the love you so wonderfully expressed as our father is a treasured legacy that we all benefit from.  

We love you Dad!!!

This is an interview of Pat DeBlasio talking about his family and life

Shared by Gian DeBlasio on March 2, 2021

How Pat & Janet met (& other background stories)

Shared by Gian DeBlasio on March 2, 2021
This is an interview of Janet and Pat DeBlasio where they talk about their early life together.  How they met, their first date, getting married and finding their first home together.      

https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/tony-and-grandparents-interview-3/