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Larry Dean Margetic
August 7, 1969 ~ June 27, 2023 (age 53) 53 Years Old
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Larry Dean Margetic, 53, of New Brighton, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at his home after a 6-year battle with end stage renal failure. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Born August 7, 1969, in Rochester, PA, a son of the late Arthur D. Margetic, Sr. and Betty Jane (Majors) Margetic. He was a first responder for most of his life. He started out as a junior firefighter with the Pulaski VFD and eventually ended up serving as Assistant Chief. He recently spoke of how he and his brother Kevin as juniors, would run to the station from their home, beating their mother Betty, also a firefighter, who drove to the station to answer calls. His favorite firetruck to drive was the old open cab American LaFrance with its unsynchronized standard shift transmission. Later he began working for Medic Rescue as an EMT and then as a dispatcher for 20 plus years until becoming disabled.
Surviving are three daughters and their spouses, Veronica (Elliot) Lordi, Amber (Derek) Mittner, all of Ellwood City, and Aleesha (Branden) Plowman, of Pulaski Twp., a canine companion, Rosie, whom he loved dearly, two brothers Doug (Sherri) Margetic, Pulaski Twp., Kevin (Lisa Houy) Margetic, New Brighton, two sisters, Teresa Engle of Pulaski Twp., and Joanne (Ted) Smakosz of Fallston. Three nephews, Ricky Engle, David Engle, Jacob Smakosz, and one niece, Emily Grove, along with several great-nieces and nephews and first cousins. He is also survived by his favorite Aunt Judy (Ron) West and a special cousin Rhonda West, whom both helped him when he was very sick.
Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed going to, as he would say, "my happy place" meaning camp in Tionesta. He had many friends and was loved by many for his humorous nature, being able to tell jokes and not take life so seriously. He had a big heart and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Before passing he got to see and spend some quality time with his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by many, but never forgotten.
As per his wishes, cremation was handled by J & J Spratt Funeral Home and there were no services.