H. David Aliskowitz, 81 of Ohio Township, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2021 after a lengthy hospital stay. David was born in McKeesport, PA on July 17, 1939 and raised in North Braddock, PA; he eventually spent the majority of his adulthood in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Greenfield.
Over 6’3” in stature and grand in personality “Big Dave” (as he was affectionately known) was a lover of people, food, travel, and most of all, family. He was proudest when attending one of his grandchildren’s sports or extra-curricular events, happiest when dining out, and most content visiting casinos. Dave was always ready to celebrate and bring people together. As a resident of the Village of Sewickley Hills, he led the condo association in hosting parties and gatherings throughout the year for residents. Engaging with all present, Dave approached people with genuine interest, concern and compassion.
A printer by trade, David began his career after high school when he attended printer’s school in New York City. Returning home thereafter, he worked first for the Western Union Press, the Colonial Press, and finally with the Pittsburgh Press from 1971 until retirement. A proud union member for over 40 years, Dave continued to breakfast with his coworkers each month. True to loving food and festivities, the annual Printer’s Picnic at North Park was a tradition started by David and these men.
A man ahead of his time, he supported his wife Carol in starting European Treasures, a gifts and collectibles business which lasted in Greenfield for over 20 years. His love of international travel began with a trip to Ireland in 1979 and continued with his wife and her business partner on buying trips for merchandise. He coordinated travel events for the European Treasure’s Collectibles Society visiting artisans in the trade and making two trips throughout Europe. Dave loved to put together an itinerary for anyone in need of travel advice, and worked as an independent travel consultant after retirement. At last count, Dave and his wife had visited over 40 countries making lasting friendships along the way.
He is survived by his loving wife Carol of 57 years, three children and five grandchildren. Also of Ohio Township is son Brian, wife Toni and granddaughter Payton; daughter Candice (Monroe), son-in-law Jeff, grandson Mason and granddaughter Logan; his daughter Jennifer (Salos) of Stevensville, MD and son-in-law Steve along with grandchildren Kenneth and Summer.
Honoring Dave’s wishes, a private service was held at Kanai Funeral home, followed by his burial at Calvary Cemetery. Anyone wishing to honor Dave’s love of food can donate to the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, 828 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or online at www.jcfspgh.org.