OSWEGO, NY – Brian Pittsley Sr., was born in Oswego on November 29, 1948. He passed away in his Oswego home on Tuesday June 2, 2015, at 66 years old.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War (1968 – 1969).
Upon his return home from his tour of duty, he was a member of the Scriba VFW.
Brian was a heavy equipment operator his whole life and was a proud retired union member of the Operating Engineers – Local 158, retiring from E-Z Paving of Fulton, NY.
His philosophy was to work hard and enjoy the rewards of labor.
He often stated that there were no days off from work.
When he had a day off, he enjoyed working in his wood shop and maintaining and improving his properties.
He was very meticulous with his projects; everything had to be nearly perfect. Just good enough was not acceptable.
The final results were quality and beautiful craftsmanship.
Brian was proud of his work he performed with employers, friends and his own projects.
He enjoyed attending the races at the Oswego Speedway with his friends and his sons when they were in town.
He loved entertaining and cookouts with his family and friends and enjoyed watching his grandchildren and friends’ kids fish in his pond.
Brian had many good friends and was well-liked around town.
He was a charming, charismatic person and for many who met him, they often became friends through mutual interests.
He often contributed to many charities and fundraisers for those in need.
He was very generous with his donations and would help in any way that he could.
He enjoyed preparing and donating meals for special events at his favorite local pubs and banquet facilities.
Brian was predeceased by his parents, William F. Sr. and Luba M. (Dulin); his brother, Ronald; and his former wife and life-long friend, Karen Pittsley.
He is survived by his children, Robert (Alycia Abazied) Pittsley of Newark, Del., William (Kimberly) Pittsley III of Oswego, Brian (Amber) Getts (Pittsley Jr.) of Camillus, NY and Cheryl Beshures of Oswego; his grandchildren, Jared, Corey, William IV, Emma, Madelyn, Nolan and Jacob; and his siblings: brother, William F. Pittsley Jr., Oswego, sisters, Joyce Spohn (Monte) Scholten, Arizona, Teresa (Daniel) Sova, Florida and Judy (Donald) Cornell, Oswego.
Calling hours will be held, Friday at Nelson Funeral Home in Oswego from 4-7 p.m.
A private graveside funeral with military honors will be held on Saturday at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Oswego at 10 a.m.
There will also be a reception held at Brian’s residence on Saturday starting at high noon (305 O’Connor Road, Scriba).
All friends, associates, work buddies, employers and anyone who knew him, are invited and welcome to join us to meet his family and share stories.
Please join us for the reception.