Eusebio S. “Jay” Lavin, Jr., 81, a lifelong resident of Latrobe, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014, two days before his 82nd birthday in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born January 31, 1932 in Latrobe, the only son of the late Eusebio S. Lavin Sr. and Rose Mary (Brasili) Lavin.
Jay, as he was known by family and friends, was a loving, caring person who will be missed by all who knew him. He was a 1949 graduate of Latrobe High School and a 1953 graduate of Penn State University. After college graduation, he managed the former Latrobe Marble and Granite Works, a family owned business started by his father, until its closing. He then began his career as a financial consultant and continued working in that profession until his passing.
A devout catholic, Jay was a member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was an avid golfer, playing into his 80’s. He was a member and club champion at Latrobe Country Club, and was enormously proud of having played on the Latrobe High School Golf Squads of 1946 and 1947 with golf legend, lifelong friend and neighbor, Arnold Palmer. He was also a member of the Latrobe Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #907 and enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge.
Jay is survived by his loving wife of nearly sixty years, Irene (Stromayer) Lavin, two sons, Gregory J. Lavin and his wife Sibyl of New Freedom, PA, and Thomas S. Lavin and his wife Linda of Westminster, MD, three grandchildren, three step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, three sisters: Anita Manoli and her husband Charles G. Sr. of Latrobe, Joan Ferlan and her husband Lawrence of Natrona Heights, and Florentina Tito and her husband James L. of Greensburg and Wilmington, NC, and fifteen nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 12 Noon until 4 PM Sunday in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street in Latrobe. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday in St. Vincent Basilica. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Adams Memorial Library, 1112 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 or online at www.adamslib.org, the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation, One Mellon Way, Latrobe, PA 15650 or to St. Vincent Basilica Parish, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd. Latrobe, PA 15650. Online guestbook and condolences can be found at www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.