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Dr. J. Kaye Cupples

  • On September 24, 2019

Dr. J. Kaye Cupples, age 68 of South Fayette, PA passed away surrounded by family and friends on Monday, September 23, 2019. Born on January 9, 1951, he was the son of the late Grace and George Cupples. Loving father to Jason and his wife Dana Cupples. Cherished PaPa to Ethan Cupples and Connor Zold. Loving brother to Lorraine and her husband Tony DeFilippo, Lynn and husband Kenny Hoak and Anne and husband Lou Woistman. Dear uncle to Christopher and wife Natalie DeFillippo, Lynne and husband William St. Hilarie and Andrea and husband Ben Yezer, Janelle and Samantha Hoak, and Erik and Katey Woistman. Kaye was also blessed with 2 great nieces and 4 great nephews. He was survived by many loving cousins whom he enjoyed sharing his home with on Christmas Eve.

Kaye’s longtime career at Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) demonstrated his passion for students with disabilities and special needs. He started his career as a Speech and Language Pathologist where he transitioned to a becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist who worked exclusively with the deaf/hearing impaired at PPS. He then became a Supervisor in Special Education and rose to become the Associate Director of Division for Exceptional Children where he eventually became the Director at PPS. Kaye’s last position at PPS was the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent encompassing athletics, students with exceptionalities, and student services. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Point Park University, and later became the Department Head at Point Park. He was the author of numerous articles related to special education. Kaye was a Principle Partner of WingSpan Alliance Special Education Consulting Services including the Summit Academy. He served on the board at The Watson Institute and The PEAL Center. After his retirement, he was instrumental in establishing City Connections. Kaye’s passion for education was demonstrated by his achievement of 2 Master’s degrees, a Doctorate, and a Letter of Superintendency.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 3 PM – 7 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Louise de Marillac, 320 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. A private burial will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kaye’s name to Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, emmauspgh.org.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Susan Birch
  • Sep 24 2019
Kate was the most supportive boss anyone could hope for. He was passionate and set a high standard for all who worked with him. He will be missed. God Speed!
Dan Wyse
  • Sep 24 2019
Kaye stood for those students who couldn’t stand for themselves. He was a champion of the student in need. May God Bless you Kaye and hold you in his loving embrace.
becky m koziar
  • Sep 24 2019
wonderful man Thankyou very much for helping my family when my 3 sons with autism were going through school ..it was a very scary time for us you help make it easier ty again rest in peace Becky Koziar
Lori Sandidge
  • Sep 24 2019
Kaye was the best boss I have ever worked for. His support and advice helped me to grow as a professional and inspired me to advocate for the students for whom I served. I am thankful to have known him both as an employee, parent and as a colleague of my Dad! May he Rest In Peace!
Kymm Stypula
  • Sep 24 2019
Dr. Cupples was a great man with great compassion for not only students but the families and teachers who work with them. The world has lost a great soul but heaven gained a wonderful angel. My sympathy to his family.
Liz Healey
  • Sep 24 2019
Kaye was critical in the transformation of the Pittsburgh Public Schools to become such a leading SD in inclusive practices. He listened to parents dreams that their children would grow up with friends and have a future in our communities. He gave so generously of his time and expertise to the PEAL Center. He was a leader on the board and guided the PEAL Center become a respected project among parent centers nationally. His respect for children with disabilities and their family made him exceptional among school leaders. I so miss his warm personality and gentle leadership.
J. Orwig
  • Sep 24 2019
I was so sad to hear that Kaye had passed. He was a wonderful, wonderful person. I enjoyed working with him very much. He will truly be missed. My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayer will be with you all.
Valerie Westcott
  • Sep 24 2019
You couldn't help but smile and laugh when you were in Kaye's presence. He was a kind and giving person who made our world a better place. Sweet dreams Kaye. God bless you and your family.
Brent Johnson
  • Sep 24 2019
In my 30 year career with PPS I never met anyone like Kaye. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. Sympathy to his family for this great loss. God be with you.
Bobbie Cartu
  • Sep 24 2019
My condolences to Kaye’s family. He was a wonderful human being. RIP!
Meta Hairston
  • Sep 25 2019
My deepest condolences to the Cupples family. Praying for the Holy Spirit to desend spreading wings of peace. Kaye was a friend to me at Conroy. He will be missed by many. He was loved by many. Rest with God Kaye. Praising God for the gifts of salvation and rebirth.
mitch kuntz
  • Sep 25 2019
My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a wonderful friend, and teacher. always had a smile on his face and ready to talk to anyone who had a problem, especially children.PPS lost a great one.
  • Sep 25 2019
May you rest in peace and your family remember all your great times together. My father also passed his birthday also January 9th he will be put to rest on Friday the 27th at 10:30 a.m. . May God be with you all...
Lynn Rosato
  • Sep 25 2019
Rest in peace dear Kaye. By believing in a person's abilities, you always made them better than they thought they could be - a mark of a true leader. We will miss your kindness, compassion and quick wit. I feel blessed to have had you in my professional life, and also as my dear friend. We now have another trusted angel in heaven to watch over us!
Carl Tolino
  • Sep 25 2019
Kaye was one of the most compassionate and hard working person I have ever known. He was always working before 7:00 in the morning, taking calls from parents or putting out “fires” before they spread. He was always fun loving and made the work place a pleasure. I will miss his smile and courageous spirit.
Helen (Baker) Walker
  • Sep 25 2019
I knew Kaye since we were little kids. We went all through elementary school together at Resurrection School in Brookline. As classmates, we had many fun times over the years. As a fellow educator,I was familiar with the many ways in which Kaye was involved with PPS throughout his professional career. He was widely respected for his work with children. Kaye positively touched so many lives. I was so very sorry to hear this news. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Sue McCann
  • Sep 25 2019
My deepest sympathy for Kaye's family and friends. In the time I have known him, Kaye was always kind, caring, humorous, genuine, intelligent, and quick-witted. When talking with him, he had a way about him that made you feel like you were the only person in the room. I respected him greatly and know the world is a lesser place because of his loss but Heaven is in full bloom with his arrival. RIP Kaye.
Sandy Opferman
  • Sep 25 2019
Dear Kathy, We are so sorry to hear of Kaye’s passing. Over the years you and Kaye were always so kind and caring to our family. I know how much you are going to miss Kaye. He was a wonderful man. You are in our thought and prayers. May Kaye Rest In Peace. God Bless Sandy Opferman and Family
  • Sep 25 2019
Our deepest sympathy and thanks. What a wonderful man. He always wanted what was best for everyone. The Buffington’s
Marcia Cohen
  • Sep 25 2019
To Kaye’s family, So sorry for your loss. Kaye was a colleague of mine at PPS. I always respected his passion for the kids and valued his opinion throughout my years as a Principal. He was kind and considerate and will be missed.
Daniel Donahoe
  • Sep 26 2019
On behalf of the Donahoe family, Kaye was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed. He was truly a great friend and companion of Kathy for 30 years. I will miss spending Christmas Eve's with Kaye discussing everything Pitt. God bless Kaye
  • Sep 26 2019
Jason & family, I send my deepest sympathy to you. Your father was a family friend & I remember him well growing up. He was always interested in what I had to say, always laughing & sharing his great smile. Know that he is in the arms of our Heavenly Father and at peace. Sincerely, Barbara McKnight-Adams
Carol Tabas
  • Sep 26 2019
Dr Cupples was one of the first people I had contact with upon moving to Pittsburgh. He could not have made the transition for my son with special needs any smoother. Basically he spoiled us and set the bar very high. I’m so sorry he has left us. Truly a great man with a big heart.
Misty Townsend-Doy
  • Sep 27 2019
What a profound loss for the family and all who knew him. I learned so much working with Kaye professionally and also as the parent of a student who needed his help to navigate the system. Rest with God, Kaye—you will be missed.
Mary Ellen Kirby
  • Sep 27 2019
Kaye Cupples was truly one of the brightest stars in the PPS firmament. I sat in on many a conference with him and he was consistently fair, wise and kind as he acted in the best interest of the student. I send my heartfelt sympathy to his family and hope they are comforted to know how much he was respected, admired, and loved by his many colleagues and friends, as well as the children and families he championed.
Carol Beavers
  • Sep 30 2019
I was so fortunate that Kaye was one of my first friends at East Hills Elementary. He was such a kind man. I shall miss him greatly.