• VAVRO ROBERT V., Sr. “BOB or M...

VAVRO
ROBERT V., Sr.
“BOB or Mr. V”
Age 90, of Hazelwood, passed away on September 5, 2017, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born on March 30, 1927, to John and Genevieve (Bacik) Vavro, Bob was raised in Hazelwood. Upon graduating from Central Catholic High School at age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Korean War. After his military service, Bob worked with his father in their family's barbershop in Hazelwood. When his father became severely ill, Bob took over the barbershop, where he was joined by his brothers, Joe and Ed. While managing the barbershop, he also studied clock making, and became a master craftsman. Bob was a licensed barber instructor and taught for several years at Pittsburgh Barber School. He was a leader of his profession, serving as the Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Journeymen Barbers, President of the Pennsylvania Legislative Council of Organized Barbers, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Cosmetology Council, Proctor of the Pennsylvania Barber License Committee, Vice President of the National Association of Barber Boards of America, Vice President of the Barbers, Beauticians and Allied Industries International Association, and President of the Pennsylvania Barbers Credit Union. Both Democratic and Republican governors appointed Bob to serve for five (three-year) terms as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners. In September of 1950 he was initiated into Local 590 which merged with Local 23 of the United Food and Commercial Workers. He was a paid-up life member since 1994 of the UFCW. He stood in many picket lines supporting the United Food and Commercial Workers, and marched in every Labor Day parade until this year. In 2007, he was elected into the National Barber Museum Hall of Fame. Bob was a pillar of the Hazelwood community. Bob helped to organize Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., a neighborhood development non-profit corporation, and served on its board. He was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church of Hazelwood. Due to his dedication, Hazelwood Initiative named "The Bob Vavro, Sr., Garden" in Hazelwood in his honor in 2012. Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed his ninetieth birthday as "Robert V. Vavro, Sr. Day" in recognition of his dedication to his community. An avid sports fan, he held season tickets for the Steelers for 60 years. He watched every Pirates, Penguins, Pitt and Penn State game. He swam daily, and enjoyed bowling and gardening. For 55 consecutive years, until the age of 88, he skied in the Austrian Alps, often with his three sons. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn (O'Connor) Vavro; his sons, Robert V. Vavro, Jr., (Lisa), John J. Vavro, and James E. Vavro (Mary); his sisters, Eleanor McKenzie and Jean King; his brother, Joseph Vavro (Barb); his grandchild, Carolyn Vavro; and his great-grandchildren, Sean Bane, Sheana and Julia McPaul; as well as many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Vavro and Edward Vavro; and his grandchild, Tricia Lynn Vavro. Family and friends will be welcomed at the JOHN D. O'CONNOR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 5106 Second Avenue in Hazelwood on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Christian Burial with Mass will be held in St. Stephen's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations made to the Special Olympics in memory of Robert Vavro.
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PostedSeptember 07, 2017