Earl A. McCabe, Jr., age 87, of the North Side, peacefully on Wednesday, November 24, 2015;
Beloved son of the late Earl A. Sr. and Sophie McCabe; beloved brother of Joseph (Patricia) McCabe, Dolores (late William) Cessar, Lawrence McCabe and the late Stella Dorning and Richard "Ritchie" (Judfy) McCabe; cherished uncle of Joseph (Debbie) McCabe, Paul (Melissa) Cessar, Maggie Cessar-Bray, Susan Cessar, Mary Jo Rose, Jane (Duane) Paul, of Ohio, Tom (Amy) Cessar, Donna Dorning, Kelly (Todd) Schnell, of Minnesota, and Erin (Chris) Stanton, of South Dakota; dear great-uncle to Tim (Jama) McCabe, Kevin (Stephanie) McCabe, Megan (Sean) Klinefelter, Julie Rose, Jessica, Samantha and Alyssa Paul, Sydney and Shelby Schnell and Joseph and William Stanton; and is also survived by numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.
Earl's passing culminates a remarkable life, evidenced by a loving family, lasting friendships, a pioneering career in nuclear engineering, international travel and generous contributions to education, the arts and the Irish culture of Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 23, 1928, on Pittsburgh's North Side, he was a gratuate of Allegheny High School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering. He was a retired nuclear engineer frm Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, a division of Westinghouse, and was awarded numerous patents for his work in the nuclear field. He achieved the distinguished status of brother in his beloved profession of engineering. He was active in many organizations and served as a past president of the PA Society of Professional Engineers, the Gaelic Arts Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and served as the past chairman of the Irish Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. He was a member of Savoy Arts and Toastmasters' Pittsburgh Chapter. He sang in numerous choirs including the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, St. Paul's Cathedral and Assumption Church. An avid walker, Earl organized a group called the Ramblers who gathered every Wednesday year-round to walk various locations throughout the region. Earl proudly served his country as a Korean War era veteran of the Army, stationed at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Colorado.