Robert Massimini, a beloved World War II veteran, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, at the age of 97, surrounded by his loving family. His remarkable life was filled with moments of courage, dedication, and unwavering faith. He was predeceased by his wife Mary (Lenko) Massimini, and his life partner Lois Stewart, his brothers Tony, Joe, James, his sisters Anne and Minnie. He is survived by his daughter Dana (Chris) Price, brother George Massimini (99) of Brownsville, Granddaughters Amy (Shawn) Hamilton, Morgan Schavolt, and great grand daughter Amelia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His stepchildren Dallas (Debbie) Gary (Marybeth) Stewart, Grandchildren Dallas “Buddy” (Kari) Stewart, Autumn (Kevin) Stewart-Lynch and Julie Stewart, and his great-granddaughters Emma and Great grandson Dallas James
Born on November 10, 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robert grew up in a nurturing family that instilled in him strong values. At the young age of 15, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, demonstrating immense bravery as he fought in pivotal battles such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His commitment to his country and fellow seamen and marines was unwavering, showcasing his selflessness and heroic spirit.
Following the war, Robert returned to Pittsburgh, where he married went to work for Codo and became a highly respected umpire, officiating games for an impressive 70 years. Known for his sense of humor, fairness, and love for sports, his contributions to the local sports community were immeasurable. As a member of VFW Post 402, he marched proudly in every Memorial Day parade since his return from WWII. Robert was also an esteemed member of American Legion Post 924 and Sewickley Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Later in life, at the age of 70, Robert discovered his passion for golf and quickly became an avid golfer, spending countless hours on the golf course. His dedication extended beyond personal enjoyment, as he wholeheartedly supported the "PGA Hope" foundation, aiming to help his fellow veterans experience the joy of the sport and to heal from the hurts that serving our county caused.
Despite his numerous achievements and commitments, Robert was, above all, a devoted family man. He cherished his daughter, granddaughters, and great-granddaughter, always placing their needs above his own. Through his actions and teachings, he instilled in them a deep love for God, country, and family, leaving behind a lasting legacy, that lived by his Motto “Treat others how you want to be treated”
Robert Massimini's warm personality, kindness, and unwavering faith touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of those he left behind, but his memory will forever be cherished. May he find eternal peace, knowing that he made a positive impact on the world and that his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
Memorial Visitation Friday (May 26, 2023) 2-4, and 6-8 with VFW Post 402 Service at 7 PM followed by Service by Rev. Richard Gelfand at Copeland’s Coraopolis, 867 Fifth Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the South Florida PGA Hope foundation https://www.pgareach.org/donate , a cause that was dear to his heart.
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