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Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show founder John DeSantis dies at age 69

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Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show founder John DeSantis dies at age 69
Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show founder John DeSantis dies at age 69

John DeSantis gave the very best tips.

“Growing up, my good friends would constantly request my father for suggestions and my sons generally requested him for advice. They felt cozy all around him – and he gave fantastic information. They would talk to him in confidence and know he would not notify any individual what they talked about,” mentioned DeSantis’ son, Mark Moore.

People terms of wisdom will have on by way of DeSantis’ memory.

DeSantis, the creator of the Pittsburgh Home & Back garden Demonstrate, a shopping marketplace for 39 several years, died Saturday from mind most cancers. He was 69.

Slater Funeral Services on Greentree Road is managing the preparations. Viewings will be held Friday and Saturday with a funeral on Jan. 10 at Calvary United Methodist Church on the North Side.

His dying comes two months just before the exhibit will celebrate its 40th anniversary – March 4-13 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Centre, Downtown. The present was a lot more than a area to uncover the point out-of-the-art kitchen area appliances and rest room fixtures and the most current in furniture and landscaping for DeSantis.

It was his enthusiasm.

DeSantis structured the extra than 1,800 vendors that filled the conference middle. He hosted the celebration during the beginnings of the pandemic in March 2020, closing a handful of times early because of the spread of covid-19.

“It will be so challenging performing the present without him,” stated Moore, who has been the affiliate director and will grow to be govt director. “The exhibit will maintain me immersed and consume me the subsequent few months, which isn’t a poor factor. It is a dwelling legacy and a tribute to my father.”

He, his wife Kimberly and their sons, Shane, 18, and Riley, 16, ended up DeSantis’ earth, his son reported.

Courtesy of Mark Moore

John DeSantis, (again) creator of the Pittsburgh Home & Back garden Display, is pictured with his grandsons, Shane and Riley. DeSantis died on Jan. 1.


The spring display will be a celebration of the event’s 40th anniversary and will involve some variety of a memorial to DeSantis, Moore reported.

They prepare to proceed the fall present. Moore claimed DeSantis under no circumstances planned on retiring from the demonstrate.

“He normally preferred this show to proceed,” Moore claimed. “He experienced a deep adore for the clearly show and explained he would do it with no having paid out – he liked it so considerably.”

Moore, 52, of the North Facet, expended the ultimate several weeks caring for his father, who lived in the exact community. He stated his dad did not want people today to know he was unwell since he didn’t want to ruin their holiday. He beloved celebrating the new yr, so a mate of Moore’s claimed his father dying on Jan. 1 indicates that he designed sure every 12 months there will be a “toast to John.”

He experienced a few weeks of radiation prior to the fall demonstrate but didn’t tell everyone at the event. This was his second bout with most cancers. He was in remission from kidney most cancers in 2018.

DeSantis and Moore saw 88 Jimmy Buffet concert events all in excess of the world.

“My dad was a ‘Parrot Head,’” Moore explained. “We observed concert events in Paris and London and Dublin.”

Moore seen his dad getting rid of his balance on a vacation to the Bahamas in August. When they returned dwelling, a scan showed brain lesions. Surgery was out of the problem.

Moore said his father did the exhibit for the suppliers and the men and women who attended as a way to hook up homeowners with contractors and other companies to support make their dwelling spaces greater. Pittsburgh was the go-to present, said Moore, who is president of the Residence & Yard Display Executives Global, an organization of clearly show producers.

Calls and email messages and text messages have been coming in from all above the environment giving condolences, Moore stated.

“One of the distributors remaining a message indicating ‘Your father cared about us, and often treated us relatively,’” Moore claimed.

The conference heart achieved out and reported “it has our again with the approaching show” and they will do whichever Moore requires, he claimed. Moore has acquired messages stating the business misplaced a “true talent.”

He explained he picked up issues just by remaining all over his father. Moore’s oldest son is also component of the small business.

Moore mentioned he hopes to clearly show his son the very same points his dad showed him.


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John DeSantis, creator of the Pittsburgh House & Backyard garden Show, died on Jan. 1.


Matt Hillebrand, one particular of the co-house owners of Don’s Appliances, a dwelling exhibit seller, explained through e-mail that he fulfilled DeSantis and Moore in the course of the first 12 months he had a booth at the home show in 1998.

“What I uncovered quite unforgettable was how he wished us to realize success in our exhibit and carry that momentum via the year. He cared about us, and how our display was,” Hillebrand reported. “As the many years handed, I grew to know John and Mark on a personalized amount and discovered that his everyday living concentrated close to his kids and grandkids. John is a man or woman this metropolis will truly skip.”

Linda Barnicott, an artist from Brentwood known for her portraits of Pittsburgh, has been a vendor for 26 several years. She recalled her very first discussion with DeSantis when she asked to be a aspect of the present.

“He was so welcoming,” mentioned Barnicott, who dreamt about looking at DeSantis at the household show on Sunday night time following she read the information he died. “He gave me an option that altered the trajectory of my occupation. I wasn’t absolutely sure I would provide much but I offered sufficient to shell out for the cost of being there in the initially two days. I am so grateful for him. When he stopped by throughout the display, he generally built me experience like I was the best person in the entire world. He designed me experience specific. He was these kinds of a great guy.”

She said on a North Facet property tour she was invited to see DeSantis’ residence, such as the prepare exhibit. It was impressive, she claimed.

“Our hearts are with the DeSantis family members during this hard time,” said Hollie Geitner, director of communications for Duquesne Mild Company, a title sponsor of the house exhibit through e mail. “John’s power and enthusiasm introduced so substantially lifestyle to every little thing he prepared. We relished operating with him about the earlier two many years on the annual Dwelling and Back garden Demonstrate. He will be tremendously skipped in the location.”

DeSantis usually took his grandsons on holidays and would go for frequent walks with them, wherever they would gather sticks and pretend sword struggle. He had a person of individuals sticks resting in close proximity to his fire that Moore observed correct right after his father passed absent.

DeSantis took the boys to Gus & YiaYia’s for an ice ball address in West Park. An avid teach collector, DeSantis and his grandsons visited the Carnegie Science Centre to observe “The Polar Specific.”

The a few watched it on his iPad in his remaining times. “Tears rolled down his experience,” Moore stated of DeSantis as he sat with his grandsons.

“My dad is irreplaceable,” he mentioned. “There is a enormous void that can under no circumstances be filled. After hearing all of these type words and phrases, I pulled my phone out to connect with my father mainly because I required to explain to him that there has been this sort of an outpouring of love.”

DeSantis was appointed by then-Mayor Sophie Masloff to direct the city’s Historic Review Fee.

“The North Aspect is this sort of an unbelievable neighborhood many thanks to my dad’s enthusiasm for preserving it,” Moore said.

DeSantis helped restore Moore’s dwelling. On Thanksgiving, DeSantis seemed close to and said, “What a wonderful place,” in accordance to Moore. “It was like he was having it all in for just one past time.”

In his final handful of times, when DeSantis was much too weak to chat, they communicated by means of a whiteboard, exactly where Moore wrote thoughts.

“I would check with what he considered about this and that relating to the household clearly show, and he would generate an response since he often experienced so much to share,” Moore reported. “He was constantly prepared to inform me what he imagined. When I requested about undertaking the house exhibit with out him, he wrote, ‘Son, you’ve acquired this.’”

Those people had been his final text of guidance.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff members author. You can call JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or by means of Twitter .

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