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By Jerry Vondas
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, 8:24 p.m.

John Dobrinick earned respect during his 38 years as a funeral director in Trafford for his compassion and willingness to help grieving families.

“Dad never declined to help a family, even if they couldn't pay for his services,” said his son, Thomas T. Dobrinick of Trafford. “He was devoted to the Trafford community.”

John M. “Dobie” Dobrinick of Trafford, founder of John M. Dobrin-ick Funeral Home in Trafford and director of the borough's emergency management department for more than 20 years, died on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in his home. He was 73.

Mr. Dobrinick also served as president of the Trafford Lions Club.

“Dobie pitched in with all of our fundraising events, such as helping with the White Cane program for the blind and preparing barbecue chickens for the club's fundraising lunches,” said Mel Buchin of Trafford.

Born in Wilkinsburg and raised in Jeannette, John Dobrinick was one of two children in the family of Westinghouse employee John M. Dobrinick and his wife, Dorothy Ciganovic Dobrinick.

In 1957, he graduated from Jeannette High School, where he was the starting halfback and played for its 1956 Class AA Football Championship team.

Mr. Dobrinick graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science four years later. In 1964, he married Bonnie Casario of Jeannette.

“My father was also the kind of guy you enjoyed being with,” his son said. “He had a great smile and a hearty laugh.

“Dad was always big on high school sports,” he added, “and would attend all of my high school sports as he did with my sister Lynn's activities.”

Mr. Dobrinick was employed by William Daugherty Funeral Home, which he bought in 1974 and established his own funeral home, John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home.

In addition to his son, Thomas, Mr. Dobrinick is survived by his wife, Bonnie M.; a daughter, Lynn Cass of Plum; four grandchildren; and a brother, George T. Dobrinick of California.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, James Mark Cass Jr.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in John M. Dobrinick Funeral Home Inc., 702 Seventh St. (Route 130), Trafford.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Regis Church in Trafford, with the Rev. David Nazimek officiating. Entombment will follow in the Twin Valley Memorial Park Mausoleum, Delmont.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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