January 01, 1970

William John McSorley, Jr. (Bill) of Pittsburgh passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the age of 92. After several months of declining health, Bill died peacefully.

Bill was born in Pittsburgh on March 18, 1929, to father William John McSorley and mother Margaret Dorsey McSorley. He was the second oldest of ten children.

Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He spoke often of how the experience shaped his life.  After returning from Korea, he started and grew a successful business building new homes.  It was during that time that he met his future wife, Helen (Terry) Abmayr.  They were married in 1955.  Bill subsequently joined several of his brothers in managing the family business started by their father, McSorley’s Restaurants.  That is where he spent the balance of his working career.

Bill always treasured time spent with family and there were few things he enjoyed more than a relaxing week at the beach with as many family members as possible – the more the merrier.  In later years, he became quite a camper, staying at places all along the eastern seaboard.  He always had the next trip planned.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brothers Dorsey, Art, Bob, Ed, Tom, and George, and his sister Rose Marshall.  He is survived by his four children, Marian Mastandrea, Bill (Ann), Peggy Griffith (Mark) and Jim (Julie); his eleven grandchildren, Vic Mastandrea, Katherine Mastandrea, John McSorley (William IV), Michael McSorley, Julia McSorley, Paul Griffith, Brian Griffith, Leah Griffith, Larry McSorley, Nora McSorley and Helen McSorley; his sister Anne Sullivan and his brother Mike.

Friends received Friday, 3-7 p.m. at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 806 Perry Hwy, North Hills. Mass of Christian Burial in Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, Saturday 10:00 a.m.

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  • Debbie Bergman Dunn

    Our condolences to the Mcsorley family. Didn’t know Bill but did know and love his brother and wife Bob and Janet, they are my cousins ❤️

  • Michael McSorley

    Condolences to Bill’s family. He was my uncle and godfather. Always kind and warm. Extremely patient as he mentored me with a construction job I took on.



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