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Thomas Pillion Jr.

  • On February 16, 2020
Thomas Joseph Pillion Jr. was born in Hazelwood on June 28, 1930 and died peacefully with his family nearby on February 15, 2020 at his home. He was a man for whom family was the highest priority, and he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Alice, of 64-1/2 years, his five children, Mary Catherine (Gary), Tommy (Kathy), Timmy (Jean), Anne Cicile (Rob) and Megan (Loren), his fifteen grandchildren, Kurt, Kate, Erik, Chris, Alex, Noah, Thomas,Mary Frances, Flannery, Sadie, Cole, Josephine, Eavan, Finnegan and Maeve, his three great grandchildren, Cooper, Riley and Quinn. He was also survived by his dear sister Mary Ratkiewicz and was predeceased by his sisters, Patsy Schaefer and Margie Beddard.


Thomas was an Allegheny County electrician and a proud 60-year member of IBEW Local Union # 5. He was quietly but singularly devout and a dedicated volunteer at Resurrection and St. Louise de Marillac Churches. He was in the first class of Eucharistic Ministers in the Pittsburgh Diocese. He volunteered weekly for over 25 years at the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, often bringing his grandchildren. Tom loved to attend family events and could always be found at a grandchild’s game, concert or play.  

His interests, artistic ability, and resourcefulness were legendary in the family. In retirement, he was just as busy as when he was working full-time. He was a stained glass artisan who made treasured pieces for family members. The Steelers stained glass lamps that he made for his grandchildren will be fondly turned on for Steeler Sundays for years to come.  He had a vegetable garden and canned his own tomatoes annually. His feud with one particularly difficult groundhog was fabled. 



Tom was completely nonjudgmental. He felt very strongly about his faith and his politics but never pushed his beliefs on anyone. He welcomed and included everyone.  He was ethical, thoughtful and giving of his time and talent and imparted the importance of volunteerism to his family. Tom was genuine. If he gave you a compliment, you knew he meant it. But he could also give you tough love.

His legacy is his family, and his catchphrases — “Look out Loretta” and “God Bless” — will forever echo with each of them.

Family and friends are welcome, Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 2-8 pm at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317. (724)260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm at St. Louise de Marillac followed by burial with full Military honors at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.


God Bless, Tom — we lost a great man.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jubilee Kitchen.

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John Joseph McKinney
  • Feb 16 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this wonderful human being. I am hugely grateful to have known him. One of the splendid Murray cousins. My deepest condolences to Chickie and all the Pillions.
Renee M. Ratkiewicz
  • Feb 17 2020
Our Deepest sympathy and heart felt condolences at this most difficult time. GOD bless you all. Heaven has received another angel to watch over us here on earth. Love and yours very truly, 1st cousins Renee M. Ratkiewicz and husband Vince Wiederkehr p.s. here's to you Uncle Tom a toast with your homemade "port wine" chewing gum..thanks for the memories.
Marvin M. Cole
  • Feb 17 2020
We met at West Drayton Air Force Base outside London, England in 1953. He helped change this Southerner's life about religion, values, common sense, and introduced me to the great benefits of beer. My first son was named for Tom Pillion. He was like a brother, but I have not lost a brother because he will be with me until I join him. Marvin Cole, Candler, North Carolina.
  • Feb 20 2020
What a lovely picture and a really nice piece about Mr Pillion (as I liked to call him). I have one of his stained glass windows and it reminds me of him and his creative handy work. Mr and Mrs Pillion always welcomed me into their home which was extra nice as I’m from Scotland... I really was made to feel like part of the family! Love to all the Pillion clan, Lesley x