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Pitcairn Council's Pizzuto ends 3 decades of service

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Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
Pitcairn Council recognized longtime coucilman Patsy Pezzuto at its December meeting. Although he is leaving government, Pezzuto said he will remain active in the borough and will attend the meetings.

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By Kyle Lawson
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

After serving the community for three decades, Pitcairn Councilman Patsy Pizzuto attended his final meeting as a borough official last week.

Council honored Pizzuto, 86, at the Dec. 19 meeting.

“I'm going to miss him because he had a lot of common sense, and he told you like it was,” Councilman Rollo Vecchio said.

Pizzuto served the nation in World War II then, decades later, served his hometown for 28 years.

“I just was interested in it, and I wanted to stay in town and help the people,” Pizzuto said. “I made new friends, learned a lot about the town and about politics.”

The annual Memorial Day Parade in Pitcairn was an event that Pizzuto rarely missed as a councilman, said his daughter, Pat Kemerer, who writes a weekly “Pitcairn Patter” column for this paper.

Vecchio also has served about 30 years on council, alongside Pizzuto.

“He thought things out,” Vecchio said. “Most of the time we were on the same path.”

Borough projects that Pizzuto supported as a councilman over the years included the purchase of police vehicles and a garage to store the vehicles, next to the borough building, Vecchio said.

And there were times that Pizzuto got his hands dirty to help his neighbors, said Kemerer, such as the community-wide cleanup after the 1997 flood.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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