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William D. Remic, 100, of Steubenville died Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at his home. He was born August 3, 1923 in Ringertown, PA. He is the son of the late John Sr. and Mary Seday Remic. He is also preceded in death by his wife Anna Paulisick Remic and two sons William and Michael; one sister Anne Trent; brother Joseph Remic, step brother John Remic Jr. and two step sisters Jennie Shabla and Frances Remic.
William was a retired pharmacist where he worked at the former Ohio Valley Hospital and also worked at Thrift Drug, Gray Drug and Trinity West. William was a US postal worker before attending Duquesne School of Pharmacy. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed giving away his produce to his neighbors. William was a U.S. Navy veteran where he served on four navy vessels including the USS Spokane CL-120 and the USS Nitro AE-2. He also received the Navy Occupation Service Medal (Europe), Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal, American Area Medal and the European-Africian Middle Eastern Area Medal. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 33 and Triumph of the Cross Parish.
Surviving is one daughter Karen Remic of Mingo Jct.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 2-4 pm at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. A funeral liturgy with Mass will be Saturday at 12 pm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Fr. Matt Gossett will celebrate. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
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A tribute to my father,
Born William Dominick Remic on 8/3/1923 to Mary Seday Remic and John Remic Sr. in the small community of Ringertown, Pa. We shared the same birthday and joked that I was the present that could not be refunded, exchanged or regifted! He met the love of his life, my mom, Anna Marie Paulisick in high school and were married 3/31/1951. They spent their honeymoon in NYC and stopped to eat at the restaurant of the famous boxer, Joe Lewis, were he visited their table and had a wonderful conversation with them. They were able to celebrate 70 years of marriage before my mom passed away on 11/16/2021.
He enlisted in the Navy and spent nine years serving his country abroad on four different ships during WWII. His favorites were the USS Spokane CL-120, and his beloved USS Nitro AE-2, an ammunition ship. He received 4 medals for his service in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
After his honorable discharge, he worked for the post office in Pittsburgh where a coworker talked him into enrolling in The Duquesne School of Pharmacy where he graduated in 1957. He moved to Steubenville in 1959 with my mom and my nearly 2 year old brother, Michael who was one of the original students at The School of Bright Promise.
At times he could be very frugal and worked 3 jobs to pay off our house in 5 years. Those included Thrift Drugs, Gray Drugs, and OVH.
His work ethic was amazing and I should know since he became my first boss at OVH.
He was very neighborhood and community oriented and during the summer months you could find him painting the chain link fence, curbs and railing at CCHS or the orange railing going up Opal Blvd hill.
He would take Mike out for walks and collect cans along the way. I remember him telling me about the time he and Mike were down at the bowling alley in Hollywood collecting cans and of course they were dirty. A "good samaritan" approached them and must of thought they were homeless since he handed my dad $5.00 to get some food at the bowling alley. Dad tried to explain that he and Mike were collecting cans for Mike's School, but the man just smiled and refused to take back the money. Over the months he and Mike collected 10,000 cans and Mike proudly posed for a picture in the Herald Star.
Dad and I also collected cardboard for recycling and ended up placing tons of broken down boxes in the bins behind CCHS for the middle school. We were told that one of the checks received was for $1,200.00. I'm sure most of that came from what we collected over the months.
I was reminded by a previous neighbor that dad would shovel snow for the neighbors who were unable to do it themselves. He did this well into his 80's.
He was an avid gardener. I would drive him to Iannetti's and he would pick out 48 early girl tomatoes, 48 roma, 48 green pepper and 48 hungarian pepper plants. The ripened fruits of his labor were always delivered to the neighbors who never needed to buy summer produce while Bill Remic had his garden. This ended in 2019 when he was hospitalized for an infection at the age of 96.
I think his favorite times were spent with friends and neighbors who stopped by. His conversations always included his favorite topics...sharing stories of his time on the USS Nitro, sports (baseball in particular) and articles he read or stock reports from The Wall Street Journal with his closest friends, Baldy Parise and Carlos Ovalle. He even taught me a baseball rhyme from 1948..."Spahn and Sain, pray for rain." That phrase will forever be emblazoned in my brain. I would share photos of his favorite players, Babe Ruth (his idol), Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner & others of that era from Facebook sites along with sites of WWII navy vessels.
I could go on and on, but I will conclude this by saying that I am proud to know that my dad touched a lot of lives in his 100+ years and that they were there when he needed them in the end. I am so grateful to his friends and neighbors for giving him a purpose. Thank you so much. And a special thank you to those who helped me before he passed.
I miss him terribly.