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Orelio "Rollo" Vecchio

Died: Wed., Sep. 4, 2019


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 07, 2019
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 08, 2019
Location: Turtle Creek

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Sep. 09, 2019
Location: St. Michael Church, North American Martyrs Parish

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Orelio S. "Rollo" Vecchio

A lifelong resident of Pitcairn, age 81, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Rollo was born on Jan. 8, 1938, a son of the late Francesco and Maria (Manfredi) Vecchio.

Beloved husband of MaryAnn ( Yanuzzo) Vecchio for 53 years.

Precious father of Frank (Debbie) Vecchio of Pitcairn and Carmen (Nina) Vecchio of Monroeville.

Treasured grandfather of Natalie and Angelina Vecchio.

Brother of Elvira (late Stanley) Drzewinski of NJ, Rose (Louis) Mediate of Export, Erminia Vecchio and Louis Vecchio, both of Pitcairn and the late Ortenzo "Art" (surviving spouse, Evelyn) Vecchio of FL.

Rollo was a proud veteran of the Air Force Reserves. He was a political and social advocate for the community of Pitcairn, the Turtle Creek Valley and Allegheny County. Long before politics and being a community activist and achiever, Rollo, as a youth was a shoe shine boy in Pitcairn. He later landed a job at The Star Market in Pitcairn (now Joe's Butcher Shop) and that propelled him to a career in the grocery business. After working for Loblaw's, and for 15 years with Giant Eagle, Rollo switched careers at age 50 to become a Revenue Agent for the PA Dept. of Revenue from where he retired in 2009.

But he never retired from politics, his volunteerism, or his passion for Pitcairn. For Pitcairn, Rollo was a councilman for 36 years, serving as President for much of that time.

In addition to his political post as councilman, he was a volunteer of the Pitcairn Parks and Recreation Committee and coordinator of Pitcairn Community Days. Other organizations where he was a member or volunteered in Pitcairn include, the American Legion, Lions Club, Italian Club, Fire Company #2 Social Club, the Pitcairn Civic Association, Camp B and St. Michael Church. Rollo also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Rankin Christian Center where he served on the Board as Treasurer.

Rollo was a member and two-time President of the Allegheny County Boroughs Association. For over 50 years, he has been an active member of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, serving as Chairman for 48 years. His active community involvement reached beyond Pitcairn as he was an alternate delegate to the Turtle Creek Council of Governments, and he was a board member and Treasurer of 6 senior housing corporations. Rollo was a member of the Allegheny County Vision Committee, and honorary member of the Allegheny County Sheriff's Association and a member of the PA State Sheriff's Association.

Rollo's accomplishments and endeavors through is political career, immensely benefitted his beloved Pitcairn. Parks, properties, paving projects and police benefitted. Fire departments and ball fields benefitted. Organizations and Associations benefitted. All benefitted from the passion and love that Rollo possessed and shared for people.

Friends are welcome on Saturday and Sunday from 2-8pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek 412-823-9350.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Michael Church, Pitcairn, on Monday  at 10a.m.    

Entombment with Military Honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pitcairn non-profit of one's choice.

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Lillian DeDomenic
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
My deepest sympathy goes out to Louis and the entire Vecchio family at this difficult time.

   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
My family is republican. EXCEPT me. One day Rollo & his team knocked on my door, invited me to his RALLY & registered me to vote. As a DEMOCRAT. ThankYou dear Rollo for all the memories, rally’s, all of your service to our community, and your dedication. May God bless your family during this difficult time. Sending prayers and condolences their way. With heartfelt love- Zelm

Theresa Dugan
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Rollo, now you can rest.Your duty is well served.We will miss you.

Morissa Trunzo
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019
Rollo was such a special man who meant so much to those around him. I remember what a warm presence he had, and how at ease he made me feel the first time I met him. I know how much he meant to my dad, Russell Trunzo, and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Marvin Otto
   Posted Thu September 05, 2019

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Marvin, Cara, and Brooklynn Otto.

We send our deepest condolences. May Rollo rest easy in the arms of our Lord.

Janet Rose Trunzo
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
Our hearts go out to you - to lose someone who was such a special individual is heartbreaking but you are in our thoughts and prayers. With love to your family - Janet Rose Trunzo.

Dennis Palatas
   Posted Fri September 06, 2019
One could never find another Rollo. He was the best. I sat next to him at mass at St. Michael Church every Sunday morning. Every one knew him and he knew every one by name. He was devoted to his wife and community and he always had a kind word and a handshake. May God watch over him in heaven and his family he left behind. I'll miss you, Rollo!


marty hullihen
   Posted Sat September 07, 2019
thank you rollo does not cover it you will never be replaced Pitcairn was so blessed to have you here I will miss our talks and you stopping by while I did yard work just to say hello . you made the town and your family very proud. rest easy old friend your work here is done

The Aker Family
   Posted Sun September 08, 2019
Prayers for the whole family!
Rollo will be greatly missed by all
who knew him.
He would do anything to help anybody, our family included.
I had the pleasure of being a brother of his in the Lions Club.
Also the pleasure of working on one election with him.
Rest in Peace
Your work here is done.

Kara and Frank Gainer
   Posted Tue September 10, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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