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John B. Hileman

John B. Hileman

Age 77, of Kennedy Twp., passed on Friday, December 18, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Beloved husband of Bernadette; Loving father of Michael (Amy), Jennifer Petrie (Todd) and Greg; dear grandfather of Brennan, Ryan, Allie, Cameron and Grant; brother of Jerome and the late Bobby, Terry and Joan. 

Visitation will be 2-4 & 6-8 PM TUESDAY at McDermott Funeral Home, Inc., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Twp. Due to current Covid-19 regulations,  there will be a continuous rotation of (10) visitors into the funeral home at one time. Mass of Christian Burial is 10AM WEDNESDAY at the St. Malachy Worship Site of the Archangel Gabriel Parish, everyone please meet at the church.

Masks and social distancing are required at the funeral home and church for the health and safety of all visitors.

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The passing of my brother John in December 2020 has been a great loss to our family. His passing after a long struggle with terminal illness came during an historical period of anxiety and uncertainty as the world faced the COVID-19 global pandemic. I was privileged and honored to attend his funeral and will be forever grateful to my sister-in-law Bernice "Bernie" for allowing me to be an active participant. I am proud of everyone in the family for their support, love and strength as we collectively mourn our loss. I am grateful to all of the many friends and family who came to the funeral to honor John and pay their respects. Our mourning has been heavy but through this outpouring of support our pain has been somewhat lessened.
In this tribute to John I need to share some family history to illustrate how he emerged from challenging times to become a lifelong friend to many and to me as my "big brother". He will be remembered by his many titles in life that include: son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, teacher, coach, mentor, electrician and veteran of the United States Navy.
Our parents (Nan and Dad Hileman) were married on April 10, 1929 at the young ages of 20 and 22. Our sister Joan was born in 1930, the first of five children. Shortly thereafter our parents faced (and survived) the Great Depression as our brother Bobby was born in 1933 and our brother Terry in 1935. That was an unimaginable period of uncertainty and sacrifices.
My brother John and I were born in the 1940s, another historical period of anxiety, uncertainty and sacrifice for many Americans. World War II impacted the hopes and fears of many as they gave up much to support the war effort. Shortly after the end of World War II the Korean War added insult to injury in our country. Our sister Joan married Bob Burns, a WWII veteran. Our brother Bobby served with the US Army in the Korean War. Our brother Terry served with the US Army in Germany.
My brother John and I were born and raised in the 1940s and 1950s,experiencing much of the anxiety and sacrifice our parents had to endure. We were raised in Broadhead Manor, a public housing complex in Pittsburgh through December 1960. John joined the US Navy in 1961 and I joined the US Army in 1966. He was proud of me and I was equally proud of him. We have been honored to serve our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Together we have survived much anxiety, uncertainty and sacrifice throughout our lives. We survived through the strength and love of family. He leaves behind an honorable legacy. He leaves us with a large and loving family.
My brother was a good man with strength and character. I miss him very much. I miss his jokes. I love my "big brother"

Jerome C. Hileman Jan 8 2021 12:00 AM

To the best brother in law I could ever had, had. Loved your sense of humor, and was so glad by marrying your brother, I got to.be family to you and Bernie.Frani

Frani Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

I would like to express my sympathy to the Hileman family. I had the pleasure to work with John at our IBEW Training center in Pittsburgh. He was quite a character and we have many memories of fun times with him especially our lunches on Fridays. He was a very knowledgeable man when it came to the electrical trade and we always enjoyed his stories. Know that he is in our prayers as well as you, his family. May you feel the comforts of our Lords hands. Tim Wisyanski

Tim Wisyanski Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

I want to express my condolences to the Hileman family. John was one of the best instructors in the IBEW Local 5 Apprenticeship program always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with my fellow classmates and me.

John Hirleman Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

John helped us older guys get through the training program in his kind and memorable ways, making sure that we got our Journeyman tickets ~ always grateful. God bless his family.

George Gehringer Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM