Richard P. Arturo

Age 87, of Churchill, died peacefully in his sleep on June 14, 2018. It was the 66th wedding anniversary of his marriage to his late, beloved wife, Joanne Arturo. They had honeymooned in Erie, Pa, and often visited there in the autumn of each year. Born in Lawrenceville in 1930, he lived in Stanton Heights, Penn Hills (1960 – 2000), and Churchill. In 1949, he began his career as a Buyer for the Joseph Horne Company. He went on to work in television and luggage sales during the store’s ownership of Lazarus and Macy’s, always at their flagship location in downtown Pittsburgh. He retired after 43 years and went on to use his skills as a craftsman. He was an expert carpenter and electrician, doing small construction jobs building decks, porch roofs, and room additions while working with friend and contractor Anthony (Cus) Castelli. He was a Korean War veteran (stationed in Germany) and an expert marksman, having led Central Catholic’s Rifle Team in the late 1940s, and often winning his Company’s marksman competitions while in Germany. He was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed visiting wineries around the world to add to his impressive collection. He was much appreciated for his uncanny ability to choose the perfect wine with each meal. He was a loving father and is survived by his children Christine (Bahram Mahbod), Jack (Heidi), Rick (Audrey), David (Christine Camsuzou), and Jeffrey, grandchildren Jonathan Arturo, Lindsey Arturo, Eugenie Arturo, and Andrea Arturo.

Friends will be received at the William F. Gross Funeral Home, 11735 Frankstown Road Pittsburgh, PA 15235 Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Prayers Tuesday at 9:30am. Mass of Christian Burial at St John Fisher Church 10 a.m.