On Wednesday, March 20,
2019, surrounded by his
family, age 89. Always beside
his high school sweetheart,
his "sweetie" and wife of 65
years, Grace (Rodgers); loving
father of Terry Skelley (late
Hank) of North Braddock,
Jeanne Cherry of Plum Boro,
Carol Rehonic (Stan) of Lilburn,
GA, Betsy Diana (Joe) of
Zelienople, and Christopher
Cherry (Sherry) of Whitaker;
dear Pap of Sean, Katie, Beth,
David, Adam, Jordan, Sam,
Amanda, Michael, Megan,
Caitlyn, and Zach; Big Pap of
Zoey, Braydon, Star, Ava, Quill
and Mina. Preceded in death
by his parents, Helen and
John; and his brother, Jim
(Martie). Uncle Dick to a
multitude of nieces and
nephews. Born, raised and
lived in Swissvale. He proudly
served in the Coast Guard in
Alaska during the Korean War.
He worked as a technician at
Bell/AT&T for 35 years. Dick
was a jack of all trades, a quiet
soul with a much greater
intelligence than he would let
on, a strong simple man who
loved his family above all. He
was known in the
neighborhood as the dad you
could go to with any problem,
be it a broken bicycle, or a
worn torn baseball mitt and he
would stop what he was doing
and ?x it with a smile. He was
a weather watcher, an
amateur photographer, a poet
in his own right, an avid jigsaw
and crossword puzzler, and he
had perfected his tomatoes in
his backyard garden to the
place where his delicious
bounty was shared annually
with an ever growing list of
friends and neighbors. You
could ?nd Dick most days on
his back patio watching and
feeding the birds. It is an
understatement to say he will
be missed. Friends received
Sunday only 2-4 and 5-7 p.m.
(friends who would like to visit
with Grace are encouraged to
attend 2-4) at the THOMAS L.
7441 Washington Street,
Swissvale where a blessing
service will take place on
Monday morning at 10 a.m.
The family would like to thank
Juniper Village for making his
last days enjoyable, and
Bridges Hospice for helping
him move on peacefully. In lieu
of ?owers, we would ask that
you perform random acts of
kindness in his honor or plant
a tomato plant and think of
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PostedMarch 24, 2019