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John "Jack" Russell Dean

March 18, 1949 - September 05, 2021

Obituary For John "Jack" Russell Dean

Age 72, on Sunday, September 5, 2021, of Pittsburgh.

Loving husband of Kathleen Dean; loving father of Michael (Sherry) Dean, Melanie (Bill) Finnigan, Deanna Niggel and the late Johnny Dean; loving grandfather of Kirstin (George), Seth, Tyler, Jack, Samantha and Sawyer; son of the late John and Catherine Dean; brother of Suzanne (Robert) Chisler and Jeffrey (the late Jocelyn) Dean. Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. John was a dedicated member of the Floor Coverers Union for over 50 years. He worked as an installer and instructor. As an instructor, he played a major part in writing the national curriculum for floor coverers. John's list of hobbies to too long to list, but most involved the outdoors. He was not idle until he was diagnosed with ALS. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Friday morning at 9:45. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul of the Cross Parish, St. Anne Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15234 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the ALS Western PA/West Virginia Chapter 416 Lincoln Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15209.

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Melanie and Family.. my heart breaks for all of you!! sending you my love ❤️ will be keeping you all in my prayers and my heart!! Love and Friends, Darla
- darla clark (volmer)
When Jesus met Mary and the mourners after Lazarus died, he was so moved by the grieving that John 11:35 states "Jesus wept". It is true and right to mourn for a honored member of "The Band".
- Gary Kloth
Prayers at this sad time for the family and for his brothers and sisters in the UBC who valued him as a friend and colleague. Jack worked with us on the content of the training manuals for those in the floorcovering trade. He was dedicated to teaching and learning the art and craft of floor covering. All with dedication over many years and a great motivation to share his skill and experience with those who would become UBC workers. He was during all the weeks of work sacrificing time with his well loved family. And he made this sacrifice with good humor and generosity. It was a privilege for all of us who worked with him to know him. - Carole O'Keefe, former Project Manager, curriculum Development, CITF
- Carole O'Keefe
Jack was my mentor when I started as an instructor for the union, I can see him with a cigar and a glass of bourbon siting outside at the Carpenters in Las Vegas telling stories. Mark Olsen
- Mark Olsen
Holding on to 30 years of good memories our friend. We will miss you
- S teve fuller
Jack was a great man. He was my teacher in my apprenticeship . Jack was a Union man from head to toe. He not only taught me a trade to provide for my family, but he also taught us how to be smart with our money and our career...life lessons that he didn't have to teach us, but he did because he genuinely cared about our brotherhood and it's members. It's safe to say that NO one has done more for the floor covers Union in this entire country than Jack. I'm proud to be able to say that I was taught by Mr. Dean. Rest In Peace Jack. Johnny Lubar
- John Lubarski
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you love and keeping you in our prayers.
- Lissette Sprott
Dear Melanie and family, Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Wishing you comforting memories as you say goodbye.
- Karen Schmidt
It was my honor to work with Jack on the curriculum development team. He was truly a wonderful man, kind, caring, considerate, and really fun to work with. His contributions will impact future generations of floor coverers. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Diana Lucas
- Diana Lucas
Even though I did not know him ,, we are good friends of Jeff.. so he had to be a great and nice person. Accept our sympathy to the entire family Chuck, Dorrie Sites
- Chuck, and Dorrie Sites
Miss you Jack, you were always my calming voice of reason. Dan and Karen Westcott
- Daniel Westcott
Jack was a good (great) man I knew him when I was a truck driver for Wayne &well in the early 80's then I got into the union he taught me in apprenticeship,.I owe him for a good living. Rip Jack you will be missed. Thank you
- Ron Baldinger

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