Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
  Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont
 

Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Slattery, William K.




Age 57, of Crescent Hills, passed away at home on Saturday, April 15, 2017, after waging a heroic 2 and a half year battle with Colorectal Cancer. He did not go peacefully, but rather in true Bill style, he fought it fiercely to the end. It is our hope that he was able to leave some battle scars on this dreaded disease. We know that Bill beat cancer by how he LIVED. After countless rounds of chemo and radiation, and an extensive and complicated 19- hour surgery last May, Cancer did little to tarnish Bill’s love for life and his desire to be with his family and friends. His whole life was his children and his work. Bill was the Publisher of Housetrends Magazine Pittsburgh, a magazine that he launched and then worked tirelessly to build over the years. Those who worked for him would often say that he was the heart and soul of the local home and garden publication. Bill is remembered for his determination, dedication and enthusiasm. That being said, his true gift was his ability to create lasting bonds and friendships with both his clients and his staff members. As expressed in a beautiful handwritten letter, sent to him in his final weeks; Bill had a wonderful and unique ability for uniting his customers- many of whom at first viewed each other as competitors, but now shared a bond, largely due to Bill. His inquisitiveness and sincerity for learning his customers’ needs made him a natural in his role. Bill was a proud and active member of The ASID, The NKBA, The Builders Association of Pittsburgh, and The Allegheny Conference. Bill was passionate about Pittsburgh’s design community, and he will be sorely missed. Bill leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Tresa Lovio-Slattery; and two of his proudest accomplishments; daughter, Erin Fraser Slattery, 26 of Belleview; and son, William "Liam"S. Slattery, 17, at home. Bill is also survived by his Mother, Gloria (Reardon) Slattery of Cincinnati; and eight brothers and sisters: James (Ginny) Slattery of Sylvania, Ohio, Tim Slattery, of Denver, Colorado, Michael (Nancy) Slattery of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Robert J. (Ellen) Slattery, Catherine Slattery, and Kevin (Vickie) Slattery of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Parker, of Providence, Rhode Island, Nancy (Kevin) Weiss of St. Simons, Georgia; brother-in-law of Charlie Klass of Lake George, New York. Bill was preceded in death by his father, James F. Slattery; sister, Colleen Klass; sister-in- law, Eva Slattery; and his daughter, Erin's beloved Mother, Marguerite Fraser Slattery. Bill spoke of his daughter Erin with a sparkle in his eye, and beamed with pride whenever he had the chance to attend a function with her. He marveled at the beautiful, successful young lady she has become, and loved to say that she will forever be his “Erin Shenanigans” and “Daddy’s Girl”. He was equally as marveled by his son, name sake and pride and joy, Liam. Cancer be damned when it came to watching his son play football on Friday nights as a linebacker for the Central Catholic Vikings. Bill never missed a game. Many Friday nights were spent in the stands, often during chemo, just to catch a glimpse of his son on the field. There wasn’t anyone prouder of Liam than his Dad. The joy of watching his children grow into these determined and focused, yet caring and kind individuals kept him unwavering in his pursuit to live. The family wishes to recognize Dr. James T. McCormick and his staff at AHN Forbes/AGH for their kind hearts, diligence, knowledge and care. Their support never wavered, and they never gave up. We are eternally grateful for the time their efforts allowed us with our husband, father, brother and friend. Your caring hearts and habit of going above and beyond in everything you do truly makes a difference. We thank Dr. Anu Gowda, whose guidance and care for our entire family these last two years has been a blessing. We thank Dr. Daniel Lee for his compassion and care at what would be the end of Bill’s treatment journey. His understanding nature is rare in this world. He lightened Bill’s burden by being available to all of us with questions of every kind at all times of day. Born in Gates Mills, Ohio on June 28, 1959, Bill was one of ten siblings. He attended Gilmour Academy, an independent, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory day and boarding school also in Gates Mills, before pursuing and attaining his Bachelor’s degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1982, and was a member of Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi at Miami University. His summers were spent in Lake George, New York working with his brothers and sisters managing the family’s two Dairy Queen operations, learning a work ethic and zest for life that would clearly define him in his later years. Lake George was Bill’s favorite place on earth. He often told friends that the lake was ‘good for his soul’ and has passed that affinity on to his children. Friends and relatives will be received at the BURKET - TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES, INC., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10 a.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Verona.