Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Edward Fibbi June 2, 1927 - December 22, 2015 Former Contractor Built a Second Career as an Educator

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Edward Fibbi June 2, 1927 - December 22, 2015 Former Contractor Built a Second Career as an Educator

Article excerpt

Edward Fibbi, the Beaver County-raised son of an immigrant Slovak coal miner and steelworker, was a natural at doling out -and living by -his own practical advice.

When his brother-in-law called for help with a furnace that wasn't working, he suggested whacking a valve three times with a two-by-four and, voila! Hot air started flowing.

When he realized his body would eventually be unable to withstand the rigors of working as a self-employed contractor, he turned pragmatic and returned to the classroom. Starting night school at age 30, he earned a bachelor's and then a master's degree and embarked on a 32-year career as an educator overseeing the education of thousands.

And when his only daughter, Joanne, confided a month before her wedding that she was having second thoughts, he knew how to handle the situation and helped to educate her.

"He said, 'This is very simple.'... I'm going to ask you one question. Don't think about it. Just give me the answer.' He said to me, 'Can you say "yes" without a doubt?' I said to him, 'no.' And he said, 'That is your answer,' " Joanne Fibbi of Upper St. Clair recalled Wednesday. "We went back to the living room and told my then-fiance that we weren't going to have the wedding. He was so down to earth, so practical, pragmatic. His philosophy was always, 'You do what you have to do.' "

Mr. Fibbi, the first executive director of what is now the Mon Valley Career & Technology Center in Charleroi, died Tuesday at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon. He was 88 and had been undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma.

As a general contractor reared in Aliquippa, Mr. Fibbi left his mark on some of the community's iconic businesses that were constructed in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. His daughter said he built a well-known bakery, optometrist's office and a car dealership. Doubtless, the most important building Mr. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.