Turtle Creek Veteran Focused on Community, Patriotism

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Turtle Creek Veteran Focused on Community, Patriotism


Vondas, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Harry Robare Jr. was recognized as the leader of the band, whether it was in his home, at his workplace or in his community.

As the leader of the Country Hills Imperials, a drum and baton band, which he founded in the 1960s, the group participated in community and patriotic parades throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Harry F. Robare Jr. of Turtle Creek died on Thursday, June 5, 2008, in UPMC Braddock hospital. He was 85.

"My brother, sisters and I all marched with Dad's group," said his daughter, Marion Petrovay of Turtle Creek.

"The crowds loved my father. He had an exciting personality that showed as we marched along."

His daughter recalled how in 1988, her father at age 64 enrolled in the Monroeville School of Business after his position at WABCO in Wilmerding was eliminated when the plant closed.

"Dad was the business school's oldest student, and being that he was one of the very few males, he enjoyed the attention he received from his classmates," said his daughter.

After graduating from the business school, Mr. Robare was employed in the maintenance department of the Harley Hotel in Penn Hills. He retired in 2003.

"Dad never lost his touch," his daughter added. "The men and women he worked with loved him. And every year, he was asked to play Santa Claus during the Christmas season."

Although her father enjoyed being the center of attention in almost everything he did, he was serious when it came to the safety of his family and his community, his daughter said.

"Dad was a life member of the North Braddock Fire Department. And before he could no longer go out on a fire, Dad was out of the house as soon as the alarm was sounded," said his daughter.

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