Anthony "Tony" B. Koontz, age 55 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was a Marine and Industrial Sales Representative for Sherwin Williams, Eastern Region, a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare Church in Clairton, and a US Army Veteran. In his spare time, he coached Clairton youth recreation football and baseball for many years, was a motorsport enthusiast, and loved motocross and his Harley-Davidson. Tony was known as the “Fig Whisperer” after proudly and successfully growing one in his yard. He loved to garden and looked after any youths that needed his help and will be remembered as a loving husband and father. Born July 21, 1965 in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Randall Koontz Sr. and Judith Piasente (Melvin) Long of Clairton. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife Nicole (Saputo) Koontz; son, Bryson A. Koontz of Clairton; brothers Randall (Ruth) Koontz, Jr. of Donora, Christopher (Brenda) Koontz of Mount Pleasant and Brian (the late Erin Pittman) Koontz of Clairton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 12 PM to 4 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM. Masks are required; CDC and State guidelines will be observed; and social distancing will be enforced on funeral home property. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 am in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare Church. Entombment will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Center of Pittsburgh, Parkway Building, 339 Old Haymaker Rd., Ste. 1104, Monroeville, PA 15146; the Clairton Youth Football Assoc., 901 Van Kirk St., Clairton, PA 15025; or the Clairton Little League Baseball Assoc., 889 Miller Ave. Clairton, PA 15025. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published January 23, 2021.