Anthony "Tony" Joseph Pikulski, Jr.,69, of Triune -Morgantown, WV passed Saturday morning, August 20, 2022. Tony was born in Uniontown, PA to the late Anthony J. Pikulski, Sr. and Patricia Louise Burke Pikulski on May 13, 1953.
Tony grew up in Footedale, Pa. He was raised in the St. Thomas Catholic Church of New Salem and served as an altar boy. He graduated from German Township High School and attended Fairmont State College. He wrestled at both high school and collegiate levels. Tony had a long career as a courier for UPS, FedEx, and Omnicare.
He married Elizabeth "Liz" Pikulski on July 11, 1981. They just recently celebrated forty one years of marriage. Their married life began in Fairmont, WV and eventually relocated to their forever home on the Halleck Road for thirty six of those years. Together they built a beautiful life, raising a family and filling a home full of love and cherished memories.
Tony had a deep passion for scouting and was involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over twenty five years. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in high school. Once his son Patrick joined the scouts as a Tiger Cub, Tony continued to be involved in scouting. He eventually became the Scout Master of Troop 64 at the Community Methodist Church in the Ridgedale Community and mentored several youth and many Eagle Scouts. Tony attended NOAC, went to local and national jamborees, visited Philmont Scout Ranch. He was able to enjoy three trips to Philmont, all three with his son Patrick and one with his daughter Jackie.
Tony had several interests and hobbies. Aside from scouting, many of his years were also spent coaching his children in sports including basketball, baseball, softball, and wrestling. Tony was also an avid outdoorsman. He often went hunting and fishing in West Virginia and Pennsylvania with his son and life long hunting buddies. He even traveled to Canada to hunt for bear and to Maine where he brought home a trophy moose horn in which he enjoyed showing to his family, friends, and neighbors. He also had a love for cars. A talent of his was naming the make, model, and year of almost any classic car or truck he saw. Many hours were spent under the hoods of cars, hunting salvage yards for parts, fixing up his beloved 1973 Chevy C10 Custom Pickup Truck and checking out local car shows. Beyond coaching, scouting, and hunting, Tony loved all things Pittsburgh, especially when it came to sports. He attended numerous Penguins games with his family, followed the Pirates since his early youth watching his favorite player, Roberto Clemente, and watched countless Steelers games. He most recently attended "Big Ben's" last game, front and center with his son at Heinz Field. This past year he was also able to finally enjoy his retirement taking trips to New Orleans and San Antonio with his wife and children. When Tony wasn't busy in his community or with his family, he enjoyed working outside, sitting on the porch and hanging out with his kitties.
Tony was a devoted father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend. He never knew a stranger and was always generous, helping others even if it meant going out of his way, he never saw it as a burden. You could often count on him to crack a joke. He was famous for his "Tony-isms". If you knew him, he likely had a nickname for you. He was incredibly full of life and quite the character. He loved to dance and you could often catch him getting down on the dance floor. He recently said "Live what you can live," and he did just that.
Tony is survived and deeply missed by his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Jacqueline David Frappier, and son Patrick. He is also survived by his sisters Anita Michael McNeil and Veronica Ronald Kutek as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, godchildren and in-laws. He is also survived by his beloved Missy cat.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Toni Ann Pikulski.
Family and friends are invited to Dering-Henson-Henson Funeral Home, Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9p.m. for visitation and sharing. Visiting will resume at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral mass Friday, August 26, 2022 at St. John University Parish with Rev.Fr. Philip R. Szabo as celebrant.Burial will follow in the Olive Cemetery, Pentress, WV.
Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home.
Condolencecs online at www.dering-henson.com
Anthony passed on August 20, 2022
Visitation will be Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-9 at the funeral home and from 10 - 11 at the church.