Bock Funeral Home

1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15116
412-486-8500

Obituaries:

Cecil J. Tranquill

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Cecil Joseph Tranquill, School Superintendent and Human Resources Director. Dr. Cecil J. Tranquill, previously from Indiana Twp, combined the two careers of education (Pre-school to Grad School) and human resources.  For 27+ years he was a teacher, counselor, principal and Superintendent and for 17 years a human resources Director. He passed away at the age of 88 in Fredericksburg, Va. on October 29, 2020.  Originally from Avella, Pa. and always proudly stated he was a coal miner’s son.  He graduated from IUP in Business Education, and received his M. Ed. and D. Ed. (After 10 years of night school) from University of Pgh. where he also did post Doctoral work. After 2 years in the Army, most of which as an Army Officer in Korea, he was a teacher, counselor, sponsor of many activities in Oakmont; principal at Fox Chapel, Superintendent of Riverview and Superintendent of Shaler.  For 17 years he was the HR. Director at Burt Hill Architects. He also served briefly as the Dean of Students at Robert Morris and after Burt Hill was a judge for the Teacher Excellence Program.  He also taught for School Finance night school for the University of Dayton. According to his wife, Shirley also a teacher and co-sponsor of the popular Community Center for 8 years in Oakmont his passion was young people, teaching and learning. In addition to teaching he also held many offices in education and business’.  He served, as President of the Tri-state School Study Council at Pitt, was an annual chairman of the Middle States Association of Secondary School as well as belonging to many educational organizations such as the American Association of School Administrators. In the community, he was an active member of FCPC for 58 years as an Elder, Deacon and Chairman of many committees particularly Pre School, Building and Grounds and Ushers.  He proudly served the Indiana Twp Planning Commission for 34 years most of which was as chairman.  In business, he was the co-founder of Leadership Butler, a member of the Society of HR, a member of the PA Speakers Association, a professional affiliate of AIA (American Institute of Architects) for over 21 years an active member of the American Wine Society. He is survived by his son, Ron of Fredericksburg, VA  (Vanessa) and two grandchildren; Leandra of VA Beach, VA and Karrah of Fredericksburg, VA.  He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley (2017) after 62 years of marriage and his daughter Kathy (2018) A private Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made to the FCPC Pre-school program. Arr. By Bock Funeral Home, Ltd. Glenshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condolences

Fran Kraus 03-Nov-2020 10:27 AM

Dr. Tranquill was a gracious - honest -and and fair superintendent. Was a pleasure to work with him.

Jamie Hoover Isenhour 03-Nov-2020 04:49 PM

A wonderful administrator and, best of all, my neighbor during the the 60’s. It was rough to come home if I was in trouble! He was always kind and fair as my principal.

Peg (Houggy) Kallberg 03-Nov-2020 11:52 PM

What a guy! A friend, neighbor, a great friend and mentor to so many. I loved watching him, nicely of course, put my dad in his place. He was the only one that could do that and both walk away laughing and still friends. What a legacy he has left behind and another angel has graced the gates of Heaven. Dr. T, you will be greatly missed. Ron, I’m so sorry!

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