|Birth: ||May 24, 1958|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 2010|
On Monday evening August 9, 2010 Glenn T. Pavone, 52, died peacefully at his home in Pgh. Glenn is survived by his loving wife Nancy Lavelle of 21 years; son of the late Lewis Pavone and Jean Swiqer-Pavone; brother of the late Ron Pavone, Antoinette Pavone, and Donna Pavone; son in-law of Ron and Norma Kennedy. Glenn was a brother-in-law, and "Uncle Grizzley" to 17 nieces and nephews whom he adored.
Mr. Pavone, one of the most gifted guitarists in the city for more than three decades, died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 52.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Mr. Pavone, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, started playing blues guitar when he was 7 and performing when he was 9. He was playing with the Bill Blue Band in Richmond, Va., when Mr. Price caught wind of him.
The guitarist came to Pittsburgh around 1983 to become Mr. Price's sidekick in one of the most popular bands in the city, and a regional touring act, during the decade. He played on "Free at Last," Billy Price & the Keystone Rhythm Band's first album of original material, and on a live album recorded live at the Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.
After nine years, Mr. Price said, the guitarist was "itching to do something else" and departed to form Glenn Pavone and the Cyclones with KRB bassist-singer Tom Valentine and drummer Frank Sprentz.
"Just watching Glenn play was incredible. It didn't matter if 10,000 people heard us or 10. He never wrote a set list, he would just call it off and go. He would play whatever came into his head, and it was just great. I saw him play a sound check once for an hour, by himself, and he never played the same thing twice."
"Just a huge heart," Mr. Valentine said. "Extremely kind. Played really heartfelt -- really from the heart."
Mr. Pavone's other passion was his wife, Nancy, a psychologist, who met him at a Bloomfield club where he was playing. They were married for 21 years and lived in Edgewood. He also worked as a delivery man for the Point Breeze company Field Environmental Instruments.
Mr. Valentine said the last gig he played with Mr. Pavone was in June at Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown.
"We played for two hours. He was having trouble walking but when we put his guitar on, he was Superman."
Grandmother is Pasqualine Pavone, born Aug. 14, 1887 and died Apr. 9, 1970, buried at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA; Plot: Section U.
Grandfather is Fiorinto Pavone, born Sept. 21, 1882 and died May 15, 1954, buried at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA; Plot: Section U.
Father: Lewis Thomas Pavone, born Jan. 4, 1918 and died Jun. 29, 2000, buried at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA; Plot: Living Cross.
Lewis Thomas Pavone (1918 - 2000)
Ronald John Pavone (1951 - 1997)*
Glenn Thomas Pavone (1958 - 2010)
Created by: Roseanne Kocinski-Fowler
Record added: Sep 14, 2010
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