William Vita

March 28, 1927 - December 21, 2020

Visitation: No Visitation

Service: Service and Entombment will be Private.

William F. Vita (March 28, 1927 – December 21, 2020). William “Bill” Vita was born in Ambridge, PA, the second son of Orlando (“Earl”) and Louise Vita, younger brother of Lawrence (“Dan”) Vita. A 1945 graduate of Avalon High School, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1945, just days after his 18th birthday. After basic training, he was assigned to a fleet oiler, the U.S.S. Salamonie. The Salamonie sailed to China after V-J day, and spent the remainder of 1945 and most of 1946 in Shanghai, China. Bill was discharged in 1946, and began attending classes at Pitt while also working full-time in downtown Pittsburgh; he received his bachelor’s degree in 1953. He met his future wife, Marjorie (Roos) at a dance at Assumption Church in Avalon; they married in 1951. Bill & Marge quickly started a family, ultimately raising 6 children. The Vita family moved to McCandless in 1960, becoming charter members of St. Alexis Roman Catholic Church when the parish was created in the early 1960’s.

Bill’s two passions in life were jazz and golf. He was a proficient alto saxophone player who, as a high schooler, was recruited for the Jimmy McKean band, the “house” band at the Colonial, a popular nightclub located on Ohio River Boulevard. Although he stopped playing his horn after enlisting in the Navy, he never lost his passion for jazz, and especially the jazz saxophone.

Even more than music, Bill loved golf — playing it, watching it on TV, attending tournaments (such as the Masters and US Open), and teaching it. His proficiency actually seemed to improve with age — twice in his 80’s he managed to “shoot his age” — a difficult task even for the most skilled of players.

Bill is preceded in death by his son Mark. He is survived by his loving family: Marjorie, wife of 69 years; daughter in-law Gigi; Stephen, Michael (Jean), Paul (Susan), Mary Ann Farrell (Robert), Christopher (Kathy) and thirteen grandchildren.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Pennsylvania Veterans Organization (https://paveterans.org/).

Send Flowers    Shop Gifts    Print Obituary    Share Obituary

Guest Book Signatures

  • Chris Reilly

    I will forever remember our many rounds together. You were a great friend and person.

  • Debra and Rob Myers

    We are sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family are being held in our prayers. May Gods peace be upon you during this time of grief. Blessings friend, Debra & Rob Myers

  • Albert Siriano

    We’ll see you and Marge next at Etienne’s in Phoenix! God bless. — Love — AL & Marie Siriano

  • De Ciantis Deno

    Dearest Mary Ann & Family,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. My sincere condolences for the loss of your loving father. I know your faith is strong and it will help you in the coming weeks and months.

    With Fond Personal Regards,

  • Marilyn & Jack Schuler

    Dear Marge and family,
    We extend our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. May God grant Bill eternal rest…and you comfort in knowing that he is at peace…
    Jack and Marilyn Schuler


Memoralize Your Loved One

Start typing and press Enter to search


Get the latest updates from Devlin Funeral Home: