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Raymond A. Catalano
February 21, 1938 ~ July 23, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Raymond A. Catalano, 85, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully, Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Southmont of Presbyterian Senior Care in Washington.
He was born February 21, 1938, in Westland, a son of Giuseppe and Maria Foleno Catalano.
Raymond was a 1956 graduate of Chartiers Township High School, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Edinboro University, his Master’s Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate in Zoology from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Catalano was a professor of biology for many years at the former California State College/California University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his professorship, he was a teacher in the Avella and Gateway School Districts. Dr. Catalano was very proud of his education and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He was affectionately known as “Dr. Cat” to the thousands of students whom he taught and influenced over the years.
A lifelong lover of music, Raymond was a dedicated band member in junior high and high school. In his younger years, he belonged to numerous dance and polka bands as a piano player and was a member of the Marianna Fireman’s Marching Band where he played baritone and trombone. Raymond enjoyed watching harness racing at the Meadows. He also had a great sense of humor throughout his life, often joking around with his family, friends, and students.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church of St. Oscar Romero Parish in Canonsburg and a former member of the Lyons and Kiwanis Clubs.
Surviving are a sister, Patricia Fabian of Canonsburg, and eight nieces and nephews: Tricia (Dan) Alderson, Karen Breese, Frank (Lilli) Catalano, Jr., Michael (Jamie) Catalano, Richard Fabian, Nicole Hale, Joanne (Ted) Hervol, and Diane (Tom) Hutchinson, along with many great nieces and nephews.
Deceased in addition to his parents are a brother, Frank Catalano, Sr.; a sister, Rose Dusza; and a nephew, James Catalano.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial and Internment will be private. In his memory, the family asks for a random act of kindness or a donation to your favorite charity.