January 01, 1970

Daniel Robert Fleck, 61, of Jackson Township, formerly of Carnegie and Thornburg, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, of cancer. He was the beloved husband of Susan Fleck; loving father of Sandy Beorn, Meghan Austin and Katie Fleck; proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren; son of Lois Fleck and the late Louis Fleck; brother of Janice Bioni, Larry Fleck and Randy Fleck; also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Born Oct. 23, 1949, in Carnegie to Lou and Lois Fleck, he grew up working in his dad’s Corner Bar, prior to the family’s opening of the Red Bull Inn chain. Washing dishes, cleaning tables, and on Pittsburgh Pirate game days, preparing dozens of fish sandwiches for the groups that rode buses to old Forbes Field, he learned his dad’s strong work ethic and love of serving the community. After graduating from Canevin High School, Cornell University Hotel School and the University of Pittsburgh Executive MBA program, Fleck opened Maggie Mae’s, which grew to five restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. He carried on the Pirate game day tradition of his father, selling Buc-O Bags – brown bagged lunches, including peanuts in the shell, a favorite of Dan’s. Later, he and sister, Jan, opened the Pittsburgh Chop House, a steakhouse with keen attention to local flavor, with 200 caricatures of Pittsburgh celebrities, six area beers on tap and even a soundtrack of local musicians. Dan’s desire to serve the community in business translated naturally into politics, and he served in the PA House of Representatives, ran for Allegheny County Commissioner (though he lost in a tight race), briefly headed-up the National Flag Foundation and spent the last part of his varied career as a Governor-appointed Commissioner of the PA Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board. He was an active member of New Community Church, Wexford, and led a finance seminar, sharing his expertise to help people honor God with their money. Fleck’s family knew him as a quintessential dad and grandpap. A softball coach, writing teacher, college-daughter one-man-moving team. Dream encourager, ice cream sundae creator, storyteller, and bunk-bed crafter. A generous man of great integrity, he modeled a life of character. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 2678 Rochester Road, Cranberry, 724-772-8800. A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday at New Community Church, 3100 Wexford Road, Wexford, 724-935-0909. In lieu of flowers, contributions to VNA Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.

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  • Becky Smedley

    Jan and family

    You have my deepest sympathies. Dave Wasik told me about your loss. Anything I can do, please let me know.

    Becky Smedley

  • Rick Shields

    Sue & family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dan’s passing, it took me by surprise. I have a lot of good old memories about Dan, you and your daughters sharing good times with me, Tootsie and my kids. If there is anything I could ever do for you, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.
    My deepest sympathy,

  • Ray Allen

    Sympathy & kindest regards to Dan’s family & many friends wherever they may be. God bless one & all.

  • Carol Kelley

    Dear Sue and family,
    You are in our prayers. We are saddened by your loss, but know that Dan is no longer suffering and is with our Lord whole and at peace. May the Lord’s presence comfort you in the days ahead.
    God bless,
    Jeff and Carol Kelley

  • Dave Hoey

    Dear Sue and family,

    I was saddened to learn of Dan’s passing, but rejoice in the opportunity to be touched by his contagious zest for life…and also in the knowledge that He is with our Saviour now for eternity. May God give you His peace and comfort in the days ahead



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