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William “Old” Ralph Newman

  • On May 29, 2020

William Ralph Newman “Old” 85 of McMurray Pa, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 57 years, Nancy. Born on February 10, 1935 to Ralph Augustus & Clarissa Anne in North Braddock. He is the proud father of William “Billy,” Elizabeth “Betsy,” Carolyn “Carrie” (Mike) Gentile, Wendy and Jonathan. Among his many blessings are his 7 grandchildren: Jake (Frida Ruiz) Newman, Jessica (Mike Scarnati) Newman, Ashleigh, Anthony & Augy Harding, Kenzie & Mia Gentile and his 6 great-grandchildren: Bryson, Solomon, Tommy, Mateo, Ezekiel and Aubrielle.  He has one sister, Debbie (Terry) Yarlett.

Old was known as an avid reader, world traveler, tennis player, bowler, crossword puzzle solver, Jeopardy Whiz and lover of bourbon! He also specialized in limericks, one liners and storytelling.

Old began working for Newman Construction at the age of 12 and later became a history teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He matriculated from Scott High school and earned his BA from Juniata College and his MA from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Air Force Reserves for 38 years as a Master Sargent and served the 911th at the Pittsburgh Airport.

He also painted houses and did roofing in the summers all around the Pittsburgh area. He was active in the Boy Scouts and became a Scout Master. He was a long-standing member of Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church and a Mason.

Old will long be remembered for his sense of humor, genuine smile, quiet demeanor and his fierce loyalty to his family and friends.

A service with full military honors will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William’s name to a charity of your choice.

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

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Sandy Newman-Braem
  • May 31 2020
My thoughts are with the with the children, grandchildren & Nancy. I always will remember Bill as the gentle giant because he always looked so tall as I was growing up & drinking "pop" with him in the badement of our house after he worked with my dad & his.
Judy & Jim Mulhair.
  • May 31 2020
Rest in Peace Bill - you and Nancy were among our first neighbors and friends when we came to Pa. You have a wonderful family and will be missed.
ronald slavin
  • May 31 2020
God of us all, your love never ends. When all else fails, you still are God. We pray to you for one another in our need, and for all, anywhere, who mourn with us this day. To those who doubt, give light; to those who are weak, strength; to all who have sinned, mercy; to all who sorrow, your peace. Keep true in us the love with which we hold each other. In all our ways we trust you. And to you, with your Church on earth and in heaven, we offer honor and glory, now and forever. O God, all that you have given us is yours. As first you gave Bill to us so now, we give Bill back to you. Receive Bill into the arms of your mercy. Raise Bill up with all your people. Receive us also, ourselves, our souls, our bodies, and raise us into a new life. Help us so to love and serve you in this world that we may enter your joy in the world to come. Amen.