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Gary E. Dobson

April 1, 1948 ~ March 28, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Gary Dobson Obituary

Gary E. Dobson, age 75, of Cranberry Twp., PA passed away on Thursday morning, March 28, 2024 at Kane Regional Nursing Center in Ross Twp.

Born in Punxsutawney, PA on April 1, 1948, he was the son of Willavene Shaffer Dobson and the late Jimmy Dobson.

Gary took great pride in his work at Penn Telecom and North Pittsburgh Telephone Co., now Consolidated Communications. During his more than 40 years with the company, he advanced through various positions including lineman, phone system installman, repairman, and cable spliceman. His colleagues remember him as an incredibly knowledgeable mentor, and a deeply loyal friend.

Gary was a father, husband, and grandfather. He had a sarcastic, deadpan sense of humor that made his family and friends laugh. His jokes and commentary will be missed.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His grandfather taught him how to fish and Gary shared his passion to fish with his children. He was always happy to share his knowledge and guidance to anyone he encountered while fishing along the lakeshore or creek. He enjoyed fishing at Pymatuning Lake, Slippery Rock Creek, and the old Hereford Manor Lake.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Rita M. Huber Dobson, whom he married on August 5, 1978; a son, Adam Dobson of Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Dana Brown (Luke) of Butler; a grandson, Noah Dobson; his mother, Willavene Dobson of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters, Sheila Henry (John) of Scottsdale, AZ, and Rhonda McGuirk (Rick) of Lynden, Washington; an uncle, James Shaffer of Punxsutawney, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Dobson in 2006 and his daughter, Mandrea A. Dobson in 2016.

Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 2-4 & 6-7:30 PM. Closing Prayers will follow at 7:30 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o St. Gregory's Church-Divine Grace Parish, 2 West Beaver St. Zelienople, PA 16063. Directions and condolences are available at


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