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Joseph P. Fagan

April 21, 1928 ~ February 15, 2018 (age 89)


Joseph P. Fagan, 89, longtime resident of Scottdale, passed away in the presence of his loving family, Thursday morning, February 15, 2018, at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born April 21, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late Joseph C. and Irene Close Fagan.

Joe was a devout Catholic and a longtime and faithful member of the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale.

He graduated from Cornell University in 1952 becoming the first student from the former Scottdale High School, to attend and graduate from an Ivy League Institution. He also attended Duquesne University Law School.

He was the former President of Wyckoff Steel & Colona Thread, Pittsburgh 1980 – 1987. He was Vice President of Operations and industrial Relations, AMPCO, Pittsburgh Corp from 1968 – 1980. He was Director of Industrial Relations at Firfth Sterling Steel and Carbide from 1952 – 1968.

Joe was also a Adjunct Professor, Industrial Relations for Penn State University in 1967. Following his retirement from Wyckoff Steel, he was Vice President of Industrial Relations and Environmental Concerns at Valley Vulcan Mold, Latrobe from 1987 – 1992.

From 1992 to the present, Joe worked as a Federal Mediator and Conciliation Arbitrator.

Joe was a member of the National Mediation and Labor Relations Board as well as the American Arbitration Association.  In his spare time, Joe enjoyed being a member of numerous Sports Conservation Organizations including, the South Connellsville Rod & Gun Club, Dunbar Sportsman’s, Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited and The Wild Turkey Federation.

He was a past President and board member of Geibel Catholic High School, Connellsville, as well as a member of the former St. John Parochial School Board.

He was a Proud Veteran of the U.S Army, serving during the Korean War.

Joe is gone from our lives, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, His loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Concetta A. Fratto Fagan, whom he married July 10, 1954.

His caring Children:

Carol Fagan Williams and husband Dr. Mark Williams of Scottdale

Michael F. Fagan of Greensburg

Joseph P. Fagan, Jr. and wife Kim of Everson

John P. Fagan and wife Geralyn of Scottdale

His Nine loving Grandchildren:

McArdle “Mac” Williams

Sean Fagan and wife Maryann

Emma Fagan

Kerry Fagan

Stephanie Gresh and husband Gary

Joseph Fagan, III

Kaitlyn Pegg and husband Brad

Jack Fagan

And Maureen Fagan

His Seven Great Grandchildren:

Madison, Mason, Madden, McKinley, Cassidy, Jackson and Xander Joseph

His Brother-In-Law:

James A. Fratto of Scottdale

And a number of Nieces and Nephews

Joe was an honorable and kind man who loved his family and was loved in return.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his Parents, Joe was preceded in death by:

His Daughter: Kathleen Fagan (August 28, 1955)

Joe’s family will greet friends in the Frank Kapr Funeral Home, Inc. 417 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale Sunday from 11AM to 8PM.

Prayers of Transfer will be held Monday, February 19, 2018, at 10:30 AM, in the Funeral Home, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM in the Partner Parish of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale, with his Pastor, Rev. Andrew M. Kawecki, as Celebrant.

Committal Services and Interment will follow in St. John Parish Cemetery, Scottdale.

The Catholic Daughters of Americas, Court Lambing #314, will pray the Rosary, Sunday at Noon.

The Southmoreland Veterans Association Honor Guard, will conduct full Military Honors at 6 PM Sunday

A Parish Wake Service will be held Sunday at 7:45PM all in the Funeral Home.

In Lieu of Flowers, those who wish to remember Joseph in a special way may make gifts to the Fagan Family Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County 951 Old Salem Road Greensburg, Pa. 15601 in his memory.

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