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Photographer's love of family showed in work

| Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005

Joseph P. Malloy celebrated the beauty of nature and the love of family and friends with an artist's eye.

Through the lens of his camera, Mr. Malloy captured stirring landscapes and the precious faces of his niece and nephew in still photography.

Mr. Malloy, 31, of Greensburg, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, after suffering a heart attack.

His family is comforted by his decision to be an organ donor.

"His corneas went to two people. It is very fitting they could take the eyes of a photographer," said his sister, Kelly Lazzara, of Greensburg.

Mr. Malloy had a love for photography from his earliest days. The youngest of Joseph Michael and Carol Holzer Malloy's three children, Mr. Malloy grew up around his father's camera store, Malloy's Cameracade, in Greensburg.

"We have a picture of my brother when he was 1, holding a camera," Lazzara said.

Although he never pursued photography professionally, Mr. Malloy had a passion for the art.

His greatest joy came from a collection of landscapes he shot while vacationing in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

"He had the opportunity to take landscape pictures in Yellowstone about 10 years ago. We all have pictures from his trip," Lazzara said.

Mr. Malloy also relished portraits of his beloved niece and nephew, Killian and Lauren Lazzara.

"He lived for photography. Wherever we went, it was well-documented," his sister said. "He took color photos, but he also did black and white. He took beautiful winter photographs in black and white."

Mr. Malloy was full of life and always surrounded by family and friends, Lazzara said, despite having health problems as a child.

He suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which caused his aorta to enlarge. As an adult, he had surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, but he suffered no ill effects for years afterward.

"He had no symptoms, no chest pains, nothing. The day before he died, he golfed 18 holes with friends and had a date with his girlfriend. He went to bed and never woke up," his sister said.

In addition to his parents, sister, niece and nephew, Mr. Malloy is survived by another sister, Lisa Malloy, of Greensburg; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his special love, Lia Stoupas.

Friends are being received today and Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Clement L. Pantalone Funeral Home, Inc., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at a time to be announced. Interment will follow in Greensburg Catholic Cemetery.

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