James P. McQuade, age 86, of Hampton, formerly of Swissvale, died doing it his way, on Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was an easy-going guy, listened more, talked less, believing no one learns anything by talking, and when asked how he was, would respond “excellente”. He was born at home, schooled at St. Anselm, Central Catholic, and Duquesne University. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Bridget (Connelly) McQuade, his first wife of 25 years Sylvia Mooney McQuade, brothers Joe, Tom and Jack and recently his sister, Sr Mary Beatrice McQuade SC. After many years of holding hands, he married Mary Ann Bellisario McQuade and they enjoyed 16 more years together. He is also survived by his sister Betty McQuade, his sons James (Janese), Michael, Edward (Bettina), Philip (Jenny), Paul (Lynn), and daughter Jennifer Pratt (Jonathan). Pap to Christopher, Joseph, Olivia Blatchford (Kirk), Aaron, Bridie and Fiona McQuade, Sabrina and Juliette Pratt, Stephanie Lichtblau (Jason), Christopher Myers, and great grandpap to Kate and Tegan Lichtblau. Jim held many important roles including Army Veteran and Director of the Swissvale School Board during the creation of the Woodland Hills School District. Most notably, he was a former Regional Sales Director for Gillette and enjoyed telling people he retired at the age of 52. Jim strongly believed in the importance of education for all; he and Mary Ann established several McQuade family scholarships at Duquesne and Seton Hill Universities. They supported various charities and especially enjoyed volunteering for their church; Jim’s name tag at the church’s Lenten fish fry 50/50 table playfully read GYM (gimme your money). The family would like to thank those that participated in his last chapter in life, his extended family and friends, especially “the Pitt gang." There will be no viewing, but a Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Mary of the Assumption, Middle Road, Glenshaw on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please consider watching the mass live from the church website: https://stmaryglenshaw.org/mass-replay. A celebration of Jim’s life will occur in the future when it can be done safely together. In lieu of flowers at Jim’s request, memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, 144 DePaul Center Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Arrangements made by Bock Funeral Home, Glenshaw.
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