Robert W. Beatty, 55, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, July 3, 2020 in UPMC Mercy Hospital.
Born March 17, 1965, in Beaver Falls, he was the son of Robert E. Beatty, Chippewa and the late Evelyn E. (Betty) Beatty. He was a graduate of Blackhawk High School, Class of 1983, and studied music at Geneva College. His love of music led him to be a member of several Drum and Bugle Corps over the years, General Butler Vagabonds, (1982-1984), Garfield Cadets (1986), Steel City Ambassadors (1985, 1987), Soundwave (1995), Allegheny Night Storm (2000-2002), Steel City Ambassadors Alumni (2009-2010).
Bob had been sick most of his life and most recently living with incredible pain from cancer (which was recently in remission). To celebrate remission, he was able to vacation earlier this year in the Caribbean with his Drum Corp alumni, whom he dearly loved.
Through it all, he was always able to smile and push through, whether it was volunteering for many community projects around the Mexican War Streets in Pittsburgh, teaching high school band students the fundamentals of marching, or just helping out a friend.
He is survived by his spouse John Francis Lyons, Pittsburgh, father Robert E. Beatty of Chippewa and his fiancé, Lillian (Chookie) Moore of Darlington, siblings, Keith Beatty Sr., Beaver Falls, Todd Beatty, Enon Valley, PA, Jodi Beatty Przybysz and her spouse David Przybysz of Chippewa, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
A private Memorial/Celebration of life service will be held at a later date with a private interment in Beaver Falls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name, if desired, to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps: https://cadets.org/donate/
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