Gabriel A. “Sonny” Prince
On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Sonny passed away in Canonsburg Hospital.
He was born November 21, 1935 in Canonsburg, a son of the late Gabor and Mary Betarie Prince.
Sonny was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg.
He was also a member of the White Eagles, PNU, VFW Post #2026 and the Sons of Lake Erie.
He was employed as a Carpenter by Easley and Rivers in Monroeville and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.
Sonny was a veteran of the United States Army.
He was a hunter in his younger years but later became an avid fisherman. He built and repaired fishing rods and crafted lead-head jigs, lures, dodgers, and attractors for family and friends. He was featured in the Canon newspaper in 1986 and stated he started to do this when he could not find what he wanted. He continued to do this up until the time of his death. Sonny loved gardening. He measured and plotted precisely where each plant should go and took pride in his garden. As with many things in his life, he would sit and watch the fruits of his labor.
Sonny also loved watching any type of sports, especially his Pittsburgh teams.
On January 15, 1972, he married Anita Sakovich Prince who resides in North Strabane Township.
Surviving are his son Gabor Prince of North Strabane Township and daughter Marcie (Michael) Killmeyer of Moon Township, two sisters Bernadette Monkewicz of Canonsburg, Darla (Gary) Oliastro of North Strabane, and a brother Frank (Ruth) Prince of Sarasota, FL.
Also surviving are his grandchildren Layla Marie Killmeyer, Melina Ann Killmeyer, Jude Michael Killmeyer, and Simon Michael Killmeyer.
He enjoyed a special friendship with his daughter’s dog “Sadie”.
Sonny was survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Prince and two sisters Mary Kovalovsky and Donna Lochner.
Friends will be received from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church at 601 Boone Avenue in Canonsburg. A Parastas Ceremony will be held in the Church at 7:00 p.m. Friday. Funeral Services will be held in the church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday January 23, 2020.
The funeral service will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjN9Ryj_zHM92prlDzWV6yA
Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery in Canonsburg with a flag folding ceremony by the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Orthodox Church.
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