James “Shorty” Malardie, 83 of Canonsburg passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in Allegheny General Hospital.
He was born on May 11, 1935 in Canonsburg to Stanley and Anne Powell Malardie who preceded him in death.
Mr. Malardie celebrated 41 years of marriage recently. He wed Marcia Phillips on October 7, 1977 and she survives.
He was a veteran having served his country in the United States Marines, SEMPER FI. During his service time he played baseball in Japan for three years. He played baseball with Billy Martin and Sparky Anderson whom he counted among his acquaintances.
Mr. Malardie was employed for many years as a Psychiatric Technician for Mayview State Hospital until his retirement.
He had many, many interests, hobbies and passions. His was passionate about the game of golf. He was a member of the White Eagles Golf Club and played numerous times at Lindenwood Golf Course. In the summer of 2002 he had a hole-in-one. He was a longtime member of the White Eagles in Canonsburg where he and his wife enjoyed attending and acquired a large group of friends. He was a great cook (known for his delicious BBQ Ribs), a passionate sports fan, especially the Pittsburgh sports teams. He was surely their biggest critic as well as being a fan. In his free time, he enjoyed visiting the casino to try his luck. He was a good bowler and was a member of the White Eagles Bowling League for many years.
In his mind there was nothing better than a good glass of wine and he was a true connoisseur of wines. He enjoyed going to Napa Valley over the years to try out new wines and be in wine country.
Above all, he was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with them, especially his grandchildren.
He will be especially missed by his three cats whom he loved dearly.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his children James A. Malardie (Deb Eckenrode) of Washington, Joseph Malardie of Strabane, Janice Martinez (Ron) of Colorado, Cinda Flaherty Maxwell (John) of Washington, Melissa Flaherty Vito (Mark) of Mt. Lebanon, a brother Robert Malardie of Washington, a sister Doreen Smittle of Canonsburg, seven grandchildren, Victoria Malardie, Nichole Gladd, Joseph Malardie, Justin Malardie, Jensen Maxwell, Jacob Vito, Ava Vito, five great grandchildren and three nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson Tyler Malardie.
Friends are welcome from 2~6 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2018 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc, Joseph P. Salandra, LFD owner/supervisor and Darla A. Tripoli, LFD, Certified Celebrant, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120. At the request of the family, funeral services and burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery in McMurray, are private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 PA-136, Eighty-Four, PA 15330.
To view or leave condolences, please visit www.salandrafunerals.com
Washington County Humane Society
1527 PA-136, Eighty Rour WA 15301