Brackenridge Family Honors Dad's Memory by Offering Children School Supplies

By Rittmeyer, Brian C | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 23, 2009 | Go to article overview

Brackenridge Family Honors Dad's Memory by Offering Children School Supplies


Rittmeyer, Brian C, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Paul Field Jr.'s proclivity for being a pack rat is helping children get ready for the start of classes at the Highlands School District in Allegheny County.

Field, of Brackenridge, was 65 when he died on Oct. 18.

At the Allegheny Valley Salvation Army on Saturday, his family handed out backpacks full of school supplies.

Field, a father of three and grandfather of 12, worked as a laborer at R.I. Lampus, a block company in Springdale.

The event sprang from what Field's family found under his bed after his death.

His daughter, Megan Field, 33, of Harrison said they found boxes of school supplies stowed away. They donated all of it to the Salvation Army, where the family attends church.

"We needed to do something in memory of him. This is perfect," Megan Field said.

In addition, they organized volunteers to offer children haircuts, vision tests, dental exams and police fingerprinting, all in his memory.

"It's a great opportunity for underprivileged kids to get some of the things they need for school," said Christopher Mackneer, a program assistant with the Salvation Army. "We all know the costs for some of these things are a lot."

The family had been planning for yesterday's event since April.

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