Paul Anderson

May 14, 1983 - May 27, 2017

Visitation: Friday, 1:00-8:00 PM, Devlin Funeral Home of North Hills

Service: Saturday, 10:30 AM, St. John Neumann Church


Of Pittsburgh, formerly of McCandless Twp. Born May 14, 1983, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 from long time complications of diabetes. He was loved by family and friends. He was the cherished son of Paul E. Anderson and Paulette (Palanzo) Anderson, loving brother to Dr. Terrence M. Anderson (Johanna) and uncle to their son Luca. He was brother to Tara L. Merz (John) and uncle to Phaedra and Vito, who was also his godson. He was the grandson of the late Dr. Paul H. Anderson and Letitia Anderson and the late Paul Palanzo. He is survived by his maternal grandparents Teresa Palanzo Peters and William E. Peters. He was loved by his many uncles, aunts and cousins. He will be missed by many friends.

As a diabetic child, he attended Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock and as a young adult, he was a counselor there. He was also an instructor at Camp Shriver in Slippery Rock, working with children with Down Syndrome.

He graduated from North Allegheny High School where he was a pitcher for the baseball team. He was the winning pitcher in 2 WPIAL playoff games. He later coached baseball at Carson Middle School in North Allegheny. He also coached baseball at Oliver High School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He earned at degree in Physical Education and Adapted Physical education from Slippery Rock. He was the Head of Sports/Activities at the Woodlands in Wexford from October 2005 through May 2007 where he worked with children and young adults with various disabilities. He had great love and patience for them and they in turned loved him. He completed the graduate program at Slippery Rock for Special Education with an emphasis on the Autistic Spectrum.

He had owned the Palanzo’s beer distributor for six years in Bloomfield, until last year, when he decided to return to his true passion, teaching. He started to substitute for the Pittsburgh Schools and was currently at Brashear High School

Paul enjoyed golfing, the Steelers and Penguins. He was excited about the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals. His smiling face, winning personality, and humor will be missed by many. Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Woodlands Foundation. Visitation will be Friday from 1-8PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 10:30AM in St. John Neumann Church, 2230 Rochester Rd., Pgh, PA 15237. Everyone please meet at church.

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  • Mike and Sandy Ferko

    Dear Paul, Paulette and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of PT. He is a remarkable young man and we have fond memories of the “baseball days” playing with Mike. Please know that you all are in our prayers and thoughts in this time of great sadness. God Bless You all.
    Sincerely,
    Mike and Sandy

  • Laura Ricci

    My condolences on the loss of your son. I have a son that has T1 diabetes and it hits home when I see and hear something like this. Paul seemed to live life to the fullest even though diabetes was along for the ride. May our heavenly Lord help you find peace, understanding and strength through this most difficult time.
    Ecclesiastes 3
    A Time for Everything
    3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    2 a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    6 a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    8 a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    I was so sad to hear of the passing of your son. Even though I didn’t know him, I’m sure he was a fine young man doing great things and helping people. All I can offer is my deepest sympathy. May he rest in the comfort and peace of the Lord.

  • Bob Corcoran

    Paul and Paulette,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son Paul. What a great tribute to the life he lived and the many lives he touched in his too-short time on this earth. God be with all of you.

    Bob Corcoran
    DeBary, FL

  • John M. Quigley

    Paul and Paulette,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. My sister, Kathy Quigley Rodgers, notified me thru her Holy Innocents connections. Our family will be out of town this week but I wanted to pass on our condolences to your family. I did not know Paul T. but reading his obituary I saw he developed the same personal attributes as his father, offering his time and talent to coach and teach. Paul E. had certainly taught our group the right way to play basketball,in addition to other life skills and habits, which I tried to pass on to our children and their friends as they grew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    John M. Quigley
    Team Member of Coach Paul E. Anderson’s 1969 Holy Innocents Bulldogs Pgh. Catholic Diocese Basketball runner-up

  • Theresa Butler

    As a friend to Mallory B/Andrew G.; I would like to extend my heartfelt and sincere condolences for the loss of your son/cousin/brother/any relation. May his light continue to shine in your hearts forevermore, knowing that the work that he’s done…speak for him and his spirit. My prayer is that the light of the Father surround you; the love of the Father enfold you; the power of the Father protect you and the presence of the Father watch over you all during this time. I will continue to pray for your strength, understanding and comfort during this transition. To God be the Glory!!

  • Roger and Kris Copeland

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers. Paul was a wonderful young man. Although it has been years since we saw him he was always a special man to us.

  • Mary Anne Matous Walsh

    I can’t imagine your pain; he sounds like a wonderful guy that made a difference in many lives. Bill, I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss.

  • Parker & Karola Anderson

    Pt was exceptional from early infancy and remained so for the rest of his short life. We who shared his fate and fortune were always aware that he was special…mostly because he himself treated all the rest of us “normally” and merely lived his live and loved his family and friends for what they were and not what he wished to emulate. It was a great pleasure to be with him when we could, and it was a joy to have experienced such a unique person who nonetheless embodied such usual human emotions and feelings. He cared for us probably more than we could imagine and we wish him a life beyond without probing instruments and new medicine. It was our pleasure to be with him and we are glad that he existed as long as he did.

  • Parker & Karola Anderson

    Pt was exceptional from early infancy and remained so for the rest of his short life. We who shared his fate and fortune were always aware that he was special…mostly because he himself treated all the rest of us “normally” and merely lived his live and loved his family and friends for what they were and not what he wished to emulate. It was a great pleasure to be with him when we could, and it was a joy to have experienced such a unique person who nonetheless embodied such usual human emotions and feelings. He cared for us probably more than we could imagine and we wish him a life beyond without probing instruments and new medicine. It was our pleasure to be with him and we are glad that he existed as long as he did.

  • Lou Slautterback

    Family and Friends of Paul Anderson,

    May God comfort and support you in the time of your loss. My prayers and thoughts and condolences are with you.

    “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14: 1 -3

    God Bless and Keep You,

    Lou Slautterback
    Paul’s Student Teaching Supervisor
    Slippery Rock University

 

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