Ward chief made mark in city politics
Like most Americans who learned of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Augie Carlino wanted to do his part, so he rushed down to the Army recruiting office.
“He was 12,” said his son, August R. Carlino of the North Side. “They kept sending him home.”
August J. Carlino of Bloomfield died on Sunday, April 21, 2013. He was 84.
Mr. Carlino served in the Army's 5th Division during the Korean War, but not in the thick of things as he had hoped.
“He was in Alaska ... on ski patrol,” his son said.
Afterward, Mr. Carlino worked in the family's stone cutting business — working on the statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park and on numerous Downtown buildings – before becoming a construction engineer in the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.
Mr. Carlino was a longtime Democratic ward chairman in Pittsburgh, serving as the 8th Ward chairman since the early 1970s. He was a powerful force in city politics, said Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Tom Flaherty, who knew Mr. Carlino for 40 years, from Flaherty's first Pittsburgh City Council run in 1973.
“If you had the endorsement of Augie Carlino, others would fall in line,” Flaherty said.
Mr. Carlino earned respect from both sides of the political aisle.
“Augie was a very good county employee and a tough politician. ... When he gave you his word, he kept it,” said Larry Dunn, a former Republican Allegheny County commissioner.
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Forest Hills Democrat, said Mr. Carlino was a “great guy, fun to be around.”
The two men “just sort of clicked,” Doyle said. “We both had a love of Italian food. ... It was natural that we'd spend a lot of time together.”
Mr. Carlino was a retired national officer of the Sons of Columbus, a social organization based in Carnegie.
In addition to his son, August, Mr. Carlino is survived by his wife of 57 years, Amelia; a daughter, Angela P. Vrabel of Beechview; two brothers, John and Samuel Carlino, both of Bloomfield; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Carlino.
Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Winter Funeral Home, 4730 Friendship Ave., Bloomfield. A final viewing will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Parish's Friendship campus.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Port Authority bus drives over embankment; driver only one aboard
- Extras sought for Will Smith movie filming in Pittsburgh
- Judge urges feds, EDMC to settle dispute
- Offense awakens to lead Steelers past Panthers
- 53 Allegheny County bridges slated for rehab
- Peduto’s first budget proposal seeks to increase property tax rate
- Former manager of Consol’s land office charged with 60 counts of mail fraud
- Rossi: State of NFL gives Steelers a chance
- Penguins forward Megna’s skill set might be perfect fit
- Game changers: Turnover leads to elusive TD for Steelers
- Steelers notebook: Rooney says owners support Goodell