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Gary Rupert

  • On March 11, 2021

Gary Rupert, age 54 of Pittsburgh, PA formerly of Parma, OH passed away unexpectedly on March 8, 2021. Born on September 28, 1966, he was the son of the late Elayne (Vargo) and John Kenneth Rupert. Beloved husband to Erin (Mueller) Rupert for 25 years. Loving father to Seth, Gillian, Erika, and Stefanie Rupert. Dear brother Tracy (Mark) Heneghan. Brother-in-law to Cindy (Jim) Dumit, Karen Suchy (Ralph Caruso), Debbie (Jim) Land, Amy (Bob) Rychcik, Beth (Bill) Buszko, and Guy (Chrissy) Mueller. Loving uncle to 21 nieces and nephews and 25 great nieces and nephews.

Gary received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Point Park University and later acquired his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Duquesne University. He started his professional career as a narcotics detective in West Shore, OH, and then dedicated himself to the Pittsburgh Police force for over 2 decades. Throughout the rest of his career, he served as the Police Chief at Pittsburgh Technical College , was an adjunct Professor at Point Park University, was a Police Sergeant at Washington and Jefferson College, and was a Business Development Manager for Off Duty Management. Gary was passionate about his work and pursued various certifications, including being a D.A.R.E. officer. In his free time, Gary was an avid Disney lover and Cleveland Browns fanatic.

A Public Mass of Christian of Burial will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10 AM at Holy Child Parish, 212 Station Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA, 15317 (724) 260-5546.

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Laszlo Buda
  • Mar 12 2021
Gary was a dear childhood friend of mine growing up on Maplewood Road as well as a classmate at Crile Elementary School. Though we did not stay in touch after I moved to Middleburg Heights, I never forgot the many fond memories of our youth including the many impromptu pickup football games and baseball games at "The Field." To his immediate and extended family, please accept my condolences over Gary's sudden passing. May God give you strength in these difficult times. Rest in Peace, Gary.
Steve Snoddy
  • Mar 12 2021
My prayers go out Gary's entire family. Gary and I grew up together in Parma and he was one of my very first friends in life. We went to the same elementary school (Crile) and spent our summers playing baseball daily at a field down from the Rupert home on Maplewood and driving to the Browns summer camp together to watch practice before the season started. My memories of Gary give me a warm feeling and the best way to describe him from those days was he was a great friend and a good person. His passing leaves a hole as we didn't stay connected over the years. My very best to his family.