Mark A. Livolsi

Famed Hollywood film editor Mark A. Livolsi – a native of Canonsburg – has died.

Known for his work on movies such as “Marley and Me,” “The Blind Side” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” Livolsi died in his Pasadena, Calif., apartment unexpectedly on Sept. 23, 2018. He was 56.

He graduated from Canon-McMillan High School in 1980 and Penn State University in 1984, where he obtained a degree in film.

Livolsi’s first break in films was as an apprentice sound editor on “Heartburn” in 1986. He also worked on four Woody Allen films in New York, including “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Livolsi’s first film editing credit was for Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” in 2001. He had worked as an associate editor on Crowe’s previous film, “Almost Famous,” which received an Academy Award nomination for its editing.

In 1994, he moved to California, where he became known for his work on comedies including “The Wedding Crashers,” “Marley and Me,” “Fred Claus,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

He also was a film editor on the hit movie, “The Blind Side,” as well as the recent films “The Judge,” ‘The Jungle Book” and “Wonder.” He and his son, Mark, worked together on the live-action remake of “The Lion King,” due in theaters next summer.

In a 2016 interview with the Observer-Reporter, Livolsi said he believed “The Jungle Book” was his best reviewed film

“This one is pretty special,” he said. “All of my other movies have been live action. Live action shooting is instant gratification ... the editing never stops on a movie like this. It’s incredibly challenging and tricky.”

Over his long career, Livolsi was nominated for four Ace Eddie Awards for editing, which included a nomination for “The Blind Side.” He was a member of the American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Among his survivors are his mother, Donna L. Mastrangioli Livolsi of Canonsburg, his wife, Maria Falsetta Livolsi and his two children, Mark C. Livolsi of Pasadena, Calif., and his daughter, Madeleine Livolsi of Asbury Park, N.J.

Harry Leonardi remembered

Harry Leonardi is gone but will never be forgotten. His presence at Canonsburg Memorial Stadium and at all points in the district’s athletic facilities will forever be felt. 

Leonardi, groundskeeper and equipment manager for Canon-McMillan School District, grew up in Muse and spent most of his life in Canonsburg. A staple at Canonsburg Memorial Stadium for 46 years, Leonardi passed away Aug. 19 at 97. He retired after 37 years with the district but continued at the stadium an additional nine years. Leonardi was elected to the Canon-McMillan Hall of Honor in 2009.

Canon-McMillan School District honored the memory of Leonardi prior to a home football game Oct. 5 against Pine-Richland. The district presented his family with a replica of the plaque that will hang in the new field house at the stadium.

“Harry was dedicated to Canon-McMcMillan,” said Frank Vulcano Jr., Canon-McMillan’s athletic director. “He spent more time at the stadium than anybody. He treated it like it was his home. Harry was a special person to do what he did as long as he did, I’m not sure we will see that again. He had the mentality of a work horse. Time didn’t mean anything to him. He did what it took to get the job done.”

Guy Montecalvo, former Big Macs’ football coach and athletic director, said Leonardi’s dedication and longevity is to be admired and cherished.

“Harry put his heart and soul into his job,” Montecalvo said. “And he did an amazing job. He was totally devoted. I enjoyed every minute we spent together. He was a fixture at the stadium and at the various fields in the district. The care he took of the equipment and his awareness of what we needed was invaluable. He was invested in his job because it was part of his life. He took great pride what he did. He put his heart and soul into it."

Leonardi was a graduate of Cecil High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a staff sergeant with Anti-Tank Company 376th Infantry Regiment under Gen. George Patton.

“He was proud of that as well,” Montecalvo said. “He was asked to talk about that with our students from time to time.”

Other deaths

Allen, Joan E., 88, of South Fayette, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 7, 2018, in Jefferson Hospital.

Batista, Mark, 59, of Canonsburg, Nov. 25, 2018.

Bissell, Karen J., 60, of Bloomfield, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 5, 2018.

Bruno, Salvador “Jack,” 83, of Canonsburg, Oct. 30, 2018.

Chmiel, Steven J., 63, of Canonsburg, Oct. 1, 2018

Cimino, Mary Alice, 83, of Houston, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 1, 2018.

Cumer, Richard Wayne, 86, of Canonsburg, Oct. 13, 2018, in his home.

Dellorso, Richard “Rabbits,” 80, of Canonsburg, Oct. 10, 2018, in TownView Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

Diamond, William F. Jr., formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 24, 2018, in Florida.

Dungee, Sandra Lee Verdichio, 70, of Nanuet, N.Y., formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 1, 2018.

Freil, Emma Jean, 97, of Asbury Heights, Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 8, 2018.

Galati, Paul J., 80, of Canonsburg, Oct. 5, 2018, in his home.

Giecek, Joyce, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 20, 2018.

Hardesty, Michael T.,”Geno,” 44, of Canonsburg, Oct. 11, 2018, in his home.

Harrison, Betty J., 64, of Canonsburg, Oct. 26, 2018, in Town View Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

Hirst, George R., 89, of Lorain, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 5, 2018, in Mercy Regional Health Center, Lorain.

Hornyak, David A.,79, of Canonsburg, Nov. 12, 2018, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

Hudacek, Albert Andrew Jr., 76, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 19, 2018

Imperatore, Frank J. Jr., 76, Oct. 30, 2018.

Kebart, Alice, 89, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, Sept. 29, 2018, in Strabane Woods, Washington.

Keller, Dale, 68, of Canonsburg, Oct. 16, 2018, in Transitions Healthcare, Washington.

Krajacic, Joan, 79, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 4, 2018, in Transitions Healthcare.

Labutis, Betty M., 86, of Canonsburg, Nov. 12, 2018, in Donnell House, Washington.

Lewicki, Robert Allen Sr., 65, of Eighty Four, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 7, 2018.

Lesniakowski, Stella M, 101, of Canonsburg, Nov. 21, 2018, in Town View Health and Rehabilitation Center, Canonsburg.

Liggett, Annabelle, 96, of Canonsburg, Sept.30, 2018.

Livingood, Michael D., 34, of Canonsburg, October 2, 2018, in his home.

Manduzio, Irene, 89, of Canonsburg, Oct.6, 2018.

Markovich, Ronald Joseph, 60, of Cecil, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 7, 2018.

McCulloch, Jonathan Paul, 56, of Canonsburg, Nov. 18, 2018.

Milbower, Mary Jean, 84, of Canonsburg, Nov. 19, 2018, in her home.

Miller, Michael A,, 55, of Canonsburg, Nov. 20, 2018.

Myzak, Raymond J, 59, of Houston, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 30, 2018, in Curahealth, Oakdale.

Navrotski, Robert L., 68, of Canonsburg, Oct. 10, 2018, following a lengthy illness.

Norwood, Gloria May, 88, of Sylvania, Ohio, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 7, 2018.

Ondrik, Thomas E., 86, of Canonsburg, Oct. 31, 2018.

Pastovich, Gordon L., 81, of Canonsburg, Nov. 24, 2018.

Rose, Ronald P., 88, of Canonsburg, Sept. 28, 2018.

Sammartino, Joseph A. Jr., 87, of Canonsburg, Oct. 28, 2018, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Schirosky, Julianna Lynn, 61, of Washington, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 1, 2018 in her home.

Siders, Raymond S., 63, of Lawrence, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 16, 2018.

Spiller, Robert “Pickles” Jr., 63, of Canonsburg, Oct. 6, 2018, in Canonsburg Hospital.

Stanko, Jonathan Joseph “JJ,” 25, of Canonsburg, Nov. 10, 2018.

Strimel, Norma Jean Mullins, 86, of Chartiers Township, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 3, 2018, in her home.

Summers, John Samuel, 83, of McMurray, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 17, 2018, in North Strabane Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Canonsburg.

Sweda, David N., 62, of Canonsburg, Nov. 17, 2018, in his home.

Sykes, Walter L., 102, of Valencia, formerly of Canonsburg, Oct. 17, 2018.

Talpas, Arthur R., 90, of Canonsburg, Oct. 7, 2018, in his daughter’s home.

Thomas, Rafala M., 79, of Canonsburg, Nov. 10, 2018, in Canonsburg Hospital.

Trinnes, Pamela A., 71, of Bridgeville, formerly of Canonsburg, Sept. 29, 2018, in St. Clair Hospital, Mt. Lebanon.

Vergnola, Dorothy, 92, of Zelienople, formerly of Canonsburg, Nov. 6, 2018.

Verosko, Cynthia Rose, 71, of Burgettstown, formerly of Canonsburg, Sept. 30, 2018.

Vosel, Nella Jane, 90, of Canonsburg, Oct. 11, 2018, in Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Lebanon.

Wiegel, Ward D., 70, of Canonsburg, formerly of Ambridge, Nov. 12, 2018, in Veterans Affairs Hospital, Pittsburgh.

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