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Robert Hadden

Robert James Hadden

Tuesday, February 5th, 1929 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 14th. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on February 5th, 1929, the son of James Harvey and Dorothy Rush Hadden, both of Beacon, New York.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan in 1951, where he played saxophone in the school’s marching band and performed in the 1951 Rose Bowl game. While there he cared for a beloved bulldog mascot named Mike. Later, he attended Harvard Business School.
His nearly four decade career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation involved a number of moves across the country, and spanned industries including defense, space, nuclear instrumentation, career training for underprivileged youth (Job Corps), and installing people mover systems in airports around the world. He was especially fond of recalling his time spent with test pilots, like Chuck Yeager, while proving the accuracy of experimental electronic systems in jet airplanes in the early 1950s.
After retiring, he spent the next three decades committed to organizations like Meals on Wheels of Peters Township, The Special Olympics of Allegheny County, and as a volunteer ombudsman at local retirement homes. He often arranged parties on Steeler game days at the retirement facilities and led field trips to watch the Washington Wild Things play baseball.
An avid golfer, he played the game for 80 years, the last 20 years with a tight knit group of friends who relentlessly prowled the links in and around McMurray, PA. Bob was also a Steelers season ticket holder from 1968 and witnessed the “Immaculate Reception” from the stands.
He is survived by Kathleen Echon Hadden, his loving wife of more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Furlong Hadden, and his sister, Marla Hadden Caul. He is survived by his four children: Laura, Steve, and Marcie Hadden, and Kate White; a niece and nephew, Luanne and Bruce Griffing; his seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Arrangements are entrusted to the BEINHAUERS. Family and friends are welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray 724-941-3211 on Thursday 130PM until time of service at 2:30PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to: Meals on Wheels, Peters Township, 3909 Washington Rd. Suite 201, McMurray, PA 15317 or The Special Olympics of Allegheny County, 404 First Street, Heidelberg, PA 15106. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Please add or view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    Address
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    Address
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Affiliations

  • Harvard University
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Special Olympics
  • University of Michigan

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