Death of newly elected Pine-Richland School Board member stuns friends, colleagues
Gibsonia's Robert Pavlecic, 60, who was recently elected to the Pine-Richland school board and was about to begin serving his first term, passed away on Thursday.
The McKeesport High School graduate and behavioral health professional for more than 30 years is survived by family, including his wife of 25 years, Laura Swiderski Pavlecic, and their children, Jacob and Samantha Pavlecic.
Pavlecic and his wife were active in the Richland Township Democratic Committee for the past 10 years.
Brian O'Malley, chair of the local chapter, said on Friday evening that the members of the committee were saddened to hear of the passing of their friend.
“Our thoughts and hearts go out to his wife Laura, our vice-chair, and his children, Jake and Sammi,” O'Malley said. “He was a great man, husband and father. Most of all we will miss his smile, friendship, generosity and humor. We are also sad that the Pine-Richland community won't get a chance to see him make his mark on our school board.”
Pavlecic graduated from Allegheny College and earned his master's in community mental health from Trinity College and a masters in education from Chatham University. An avid Pirates and Penguins fan, Pavlecic was a member of Guardian Angel CFU Lodge in Etna. Monday night's school board meeting was to be his first.
A post on Pavlecic's school board candidacy page on Facebook posted after the November election reads, “So, the votes are in and we won 644-554 based on the posted results! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported me, I am truly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving the people and students of Pine-Richland!! Also, congratulations to Carla Meyer on her win, I look forward to serving with her on the PR board!”