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Paul Anthony DiSalle Jr.

April 19, 1931 — September 12, 2020

Paul Anthony DiSalle Jr. aged 89 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully, at 11:25pm Saturday, September 12, 2020 in Canonsburg Hospital with his beloved family by his side. He was born April 19, 1931 in Canonsburg a son of the late Concezio Paulo and Ann Mastrangioli DiSalle, and was a lifetime member of the St. Patrick worship site of St. Oscar Romero Parish. Paul attended the College of Fine Arts, School of Music at Carnegie Institute of Technology, which later became Carnegie University. There he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and Music Education. He held a deep respect for his alma mater and was a proud alumnus. His passion for music lead him to a career in music education. He taught at various school districts throughout the greater Pittsburgh area including North Hills, North Allegheny, and Pittsburgh schools, then became director of the Chartiers-Houston High School band in April of 1977. He also enjoyed instructing students privately from his studio. While very well versed in most musical instruments, his true affection was for the clarinet. Paul was the principle Clarinetist of the Carnegie Sympathy Orchestra and the South Hills Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He served there as Principle Clarinetist and member of the board of directors during its ten-year term. He was a Lyric Baritone with the Mendelssohn Choir for ten years. Accompanied by his father, Paul would travel to rehearsal weekly, always striving to play every note effortlessly and to perfection. He was very well respected and admired by his colleagues. Family, friends, people, and sports parallel his passion for classical music. He found good in everyone and everything, often talking about his time growing up on Murdock Street. Left behind to cherish his memory are his dear sister Norma Cocco of Canonsburg, devoted nieces and nephews, Sandra (Michael) Marchky of Indianapolis, Indiana, Robert (Alison) Cocco, Lisa (Edmund) Vilsack and David (Bridget) Cocco all of Peters Twp., his 15 great nieces and nephews, who he cherished, that are located throughout the United States.
Friends and family are welcome from 2-4 and 6-8pm Tuesday September 15, 2020 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 12:10 pm Wednesday September 16, 2020. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 pm In the St. Patrick worship site of St. Oscar Romero Parish 317 West Pike Street Canonsburg. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings and a limit of 25 persons at a time will be required in the funeral home and church due to state mandated restrictions and will be strictly followed. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. To view and expend condolences please visit

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