Another patriot joins the list of those who passed away on Independence Day.
The death of Richard Mellon Scaife leaves a huge void that cannot be filled. One of the greatest legacies left to the people is that which was provided by Mr. Scaife and his family, whose philanthropy and generosity knew no bounds.
I would also prominently note his stellar example of courage in the face of death, and I regret that it was such a short period of time between Mr. Scaife's announcement of his terminal illness and his passing.
I share Mr. Scaife's love of and fascination with newspapers and would be lost without my daily Trib and its outstanding website. Every time people read it in print or online, now and in the future, they can and should be thankful to him for bringing it to us, enabling our region to be uniquely blessed with two significant, major, competitive daily newspapers with differing viewpoints.
I know that this great gift, and the promise that it will endure, brought him peace and comfort as he approached the end of his life.
Godspeed, Mr. Scaife. Your life was an inspiration.
Rest assured that your memory shall endure forever.
Upper St. Clair
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