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Our Drivers

Whether going to a home or hospital to bring a loved one back to our funeral home, parking cars or driving the hearse on the day of the funeral, our drivers are often the first people from Bekavac Funeral Homes whom a family meets. Any time at night, even at a morgue of a hospital where no one but a security guard will see them, our drivers are in a dark suit, clean cut, and in a clean vehicle. Funerals are one of the last vestiges of dignity in our society; and that dignity starts, sometimes, at 2:00 AM when no one is looking.

Ralph Bernardo

Like many of our drivers, Ralph is a lifetime Clairtonian and a longtime friend of the funeral home. Ralph retired from the Internal Revenue Service in Pittsburgh and lives in Jefferson Hills with his wife Linda and daughter.


Tom Kovalak

Tom is a commercial transit driver and started with us in 2020 as a removal driver. He resides with his wife in Donora.


Bob Liptak

Bob is a retired bus driver from Port Authority and began working with our family in 2013. A native of Elrama, Bob currently resides in Elizabeth Twp. with his wife Beth.


Pete Madden

Pete retired from FedEx after 22 years in the information technology department. He started with us in 2020 as a removal driver and helps at all three locations. Pete resides in Baldwin.


Joe Ranalli

A classmate at Clairton High School with Paul Bekavac, Joe has always been a good friend of ours. After his retirement as a detective for the Washington DC Police Department, Joe has helped at the funeral home for more than two decades. He currently lives in Versailles and is an assistant baseball coach at Bethel Park. 


Jack Smith

Jack, a former Clairton Police Officer and employee of the Fisher Body Plant in West Mifflin, began working at the funeral homes upon his retirement. He lives in Elizabeth Township with his wife Gail. 


Bob Sporio

With Paul Bekavac’s retirement, Bob continually reminds us that he is the longest tenured employee of Bekavac Funeral Homes.  A native of Clairton and friend of all of ours for many years, Bob is a retired teacher at South Park High School and currently an assistant football coach at Fox Chapel. He lives in Jefferson Hills with his wife Beverly.


James Urso

A recently retired boilermaker from the Boilermaker's Union Local #154, Jim is a lifelong Clairtonian who, upon retirement, began helping us as a driver. He lives in Jefferson Hills with his wife Jill.


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