Frank “Bazz” Bazzone, age 86, of McKeesport left this life August 7, 2018 eager to join his Beloved wife, Jane, in their afterlife. He passed away at UPMC East in Monroeville. A lifelong resident of McKeesport, he was born February 5, 1932. He was the son of the late Vito and Mary (Scuderi) Bazzone and husband of Jane (Hrubovcak) Bazzone.
Frank deeply loved his family and is survived by his daughters Deborah L. Budd, Diane M. House, both of McKeesport, grandchildren, Bethany (Jaime) Bauer and Christopher F. House and his great grandson Joshua D.J. Bauer whom he adored. Other survivors include brother-in-law David Hrubovcak, nieces and nephews and his best companion, pet dog Mickey. Frank also was very fond of caregivers, Cheryl and RuthAnn.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister, Nellie Yazwa.
Frank retired from the McKeesport Fire Department after 35 years of dedication and courage in protecting his community. He was proud to be elected to a seat on the City of McKeesport Council, was appointed to serve on the Sewage Authority and other City committees and volunteered with at risk youth and neighborhood task forces. He especially enjoyed playing Santa Claus for several years at the Festival of Trees. He reached out time and again to those who need encouragement and a helping hand.
Memberships included the former 6th Ward Club, the former McKeesport Elks and the McKeesport Seniors. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church (formerly St. Perpetua) where he helped in the new construction of the marble altar step there.
One of his greatest achievements was his desire to bring the communities together with his skill of creating and managing all area flea markets. The first one, over 40 years ago was at Olympia Shopping Center in the Zayre’s lower parking lot. That gave birth to many more indoor and outdoor markets in the region and he fostered lifetime relationships with many charitable organizations and their members.
Arrangements were entrusted to Willig Funeral Home and Crematory and Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservies.com. Frank requested that memorial contributions be made to the Joshua D.J. Bauer Education fund at PNC Bank.
Originally published August 09, 2018.