Robert “Bob” Anthony Macioce, 86, formerly of Clairton and Forward Twp., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Born September 22, 1932, he was the son of the late Pasquale “Patsy” and Freda (Russo) Macioce and beloved husband of 50 years to the late Janice (Cochran) Macioce. He was the loving father of Gary J. (Sandra) Macioce of DuBois, Darren P. (Mary Ann) Macioce of Pine Township, Judy A. (Thomas) Wolfgang of Elizabeth and Robert M. (Francine) Macioce of Moon Township; grandfather of eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; and brother of Patricia (Robert) King of Verona and her twin sister, the late Dolores Ann Macioce. Also survived by many very close friends and relatives and will be greatly missed by his family and the many who loved him, including his caregivers and residents at Paramount Senior Living.
He was a member of St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth Twp. where he served on council. He served as a Corporal in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Turret Artillery (Feb. 1953 – Feb. 1955) during the Korean War, where he was in charge of 176 men and 457 weapons. During that time, his unit together with more than 3,000 other troops, participated in the testing of the first-ever igniting by single 280mm gun shot 7 miles away of an A-Bomb in Frenchman's Flat, Nevada. His work career consisted of assisting his parents in the family business of Patsy's Bar and Grill in Clairton; eight years with U.S. Steel Clairton Works as a crane operator; and 33 years with Prudential Insurance Company in the McKeesport, Belle Vernon and Uniontown offices as sales agent and manager until his retirement. While at Prudential, he received numerous prestigious Crown Awards in recognition of outstanding sales and service. In keeping with his desire to help people through work and to be involved in the community, he followed his retirement for 12 years as dispatcher with Mitchell Plumbing and Heating in Elizabeth. Other recognitions include service as past president of the Clairton/Glassport Rotary Club where he was a member for 45 years; McKeesport Life Underwriters; McKeesport Area CIO Union; and Wilson American Citizens Club. Bob was always known for his unlimited supply of kindnesses and good humor. He was a faithful follower of the Clairton Bears and even played independently at one time for the Clairton Dukes as a center. He had an unwavering love of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a season ticket holder since the 1950s. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6-8 PM and Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:30 AM at St. Michael Parish with the Rev. Thomas Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
Originally published July 22, 2019.