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Maurice W. Brassart
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to:
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
    c/o St. Catherine of Siena Church
    1810 Belasco Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15216, PA 15216
  • The Center for Victims
    5916 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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“I remember Maurice as a teen. Maurice was a friend of my brother Patrick when we lived on Natchez St on the Mount. I knew his brother Jerry. Maurice...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Rick Shields - Cambridge, MA

“My mom, (Mae McDade) my husband Ken and myself are very sorry for your loss. We wish we would have known at the time. We would of come to give our...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Donovan - Pittsburgh, PA

“Maurice.. A man full of life and laughter. This trait will live on in his children. He made the world a better place for all that were around him. He...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Susan Herold - Norco, CA

“Sue -- Really sorry to hear about Maurice. Prays and hugs out to you and family. Bob and Janet. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss, Sue. You and I would always talk, at St Catherine's, while we were waiting for our kids. My Danielle and your Carrie were...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Jaye Raffaele - Aspinwall, PA

“Deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Fred Lewis, class of '67 ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Fred Lewis - Fombell, PA

“Sue, you have my sympathy I will always remember Morris' mail deliveries to the Health Department, he was always so pleasant. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Margaret Healy - Pittsburgh, PA

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this most difficult time. I hope that the promise found in 1Thessalonians4:14 can...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: sheila gordon - w. babylon, NY

“Jolene, Deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. I read the obit yesterday morning and I could not elieve how young he was. My prayers are...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Joan Torcaso - Oakdale, PA

“I am so sorry for your loss.Please be assured God cares for you and will comfort you at this time. 1 Pet. 5:7 ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Jolene and your entire family, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.The Lowen...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Lowen

“Dear Susan ~~Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. When I heard about Maurice, I called to tell Paul, and he said he would say a rosary for him...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Jeannie (Herold) Wysocki - CA

“Dear Susan,My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Meinert - Pittsburgh, PA

“Sue we were so sorry to hear of Maurice's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. We have made a monetary donation to the...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Bob & Karen Kaercher

“Sue, you are so lucky to have had him for 45 years. He is a great man with such a great sense of humor. I am sure your house had many many days...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: kevin herold - redondo beach, CA

“Sue, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I can imagine how much you loved him. My sympathy to you and your children. Emily Kopp Zombek ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Susan, Tom and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Peggy Buettner - Pgh, PA

“Susan, I am so sorry, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Karen Maxwell,(Meinert) ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Susan, Carrie and your entire wonderful family, my deepest condolences. The world has lost a great man!Love and Prayers,Sandy Carlisle ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Prayers sent..I worked with Kathy at sgh she always talked about family. Becky kunkel ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“His legacy will be his family. God bless you all for your strength and faith. Julie, your dad was a wonderful man and you all were truly blessed to...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Andrea Simpson - Lock Haven, PA

“Jolene and family~My deepest condolences on your loss. Having never met Maurice, your words describing him made me smile. I suspect there was a...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Susan and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you. Maurice was one of the first people I met at St. Catherine of Siena when he served on the...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Janet Salley - Pittsburgh, PA


Age 66, of Baldwin, had this quirky saying about life. "Ain't none of us gettin' out of here alive." True to his word, Maurice died peacefully on Monday, March 14, 2016, with his family by his side. Born on March 20, 1949, in Pittsburgh, he was the loving husband of nearly 45 years to Susan Doyle Brassart, high school sweethearts to lifelong companions. Maurice was also a dedicated father to four children, Jolene "Baby" Johnson (Reginald), Matthew "Son" Brassart (Megan), Carrie "Sweetheart" Farmerie (Jason), Julie "Julbug" Keylon (Nicholas). He was the proudest Pap-Pap, the self-proclaimed TGLO (the good looking one) to Katie Grace, Chad, Holden, Ellie, Leo, Maura, Reed, and Annie. Maurice bravely served as a United States Marine in The Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart after sustaining permanent injuries. It was his unparalleled strength and tenacity that allowed him to live a full life that was not defined by any lasting impairments. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 32 years, a career he chose for fresh air and freedom. Maurice was also a passionate pilot and flight instructor. He was a hardworking and faith-filled man who loved to get a laugh. Maurice is survived by his brothers, Patrick (Patricia) McDade, Jerrold (Claire) Brassart, and James (Loretta) Brassart. He is also survived by many wonderful in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended Defeo family. Maurice will be greatly missed by his loyal friends, Russ Tortoreti and Paul Fajerski, with them he enjoyed hours of long conversations, coffee, and laughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Joseph Brassart; his brother, Daniel McDade; and his Godparents, Delores and Albert Defeo of Mt. Washington. Friends and family received at BRUSCO - NAPIER FUNERAL SERVICE, LTD., 2201 Bensonia Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, Beechview, on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Beechview, on Friday at 10:45 a.m. Interment in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1810 Belasco Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 or The Center for Victims, 5916 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206.