Edward B. Dunlap, Jr., entrepreneur, restaurateur, philanthropist and family man, died peacefully at his Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania home after an extended illness, surrounded by his loved ones, on July 23, 2022. He was born on September 18, 1938. Ed Dunlap grew up in Painesville, Ohio and graduated from Saint Joseph High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1956-1960. On September 5, 1970, he married Anna Billante Dunlap. He was a devout Catholic and attended Mass daily. He was a member of St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church, Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.
Known as the ultimate salesman, leader and motivator, Ed Dunlap (Mr. D) was the Founder and Chairman of CentiMark Corporation at Southpointe, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1968, he started a janitorial supply business in the basement of his home. With $1,000 and one associate, he then started a business that would become CentiMark, a billion dollar corporation and the largest commercial roofing and flooring company in North America with 95 offices and 3,500 associates. He and his wife Anna are the owners of LeMont Restaurant, Mt. Washington, Pennsylvania, which they purchased in 1999. The Dunlaps own over 75 businesses including NPI, Inc, the nation's leading manufacturer of private label epoxy floor coatings, concrete repair, epoxy mortars and roof coatings located in Speers, Pennsylvania. Ed Dunlap’s advice to his thousands of associates over 54 years has been: ‘Work Hard, Work Smart, Work Safely and Have Fun’.
Mr. D, his wife Anna, the Dunlap Family, CentiMark Corporation and LeMont Restaurant, are well known for their philanthropy in the Pittsburgh community and throughout North America. The Dunlap Family is proud of their legacy donations to The Dunlap Family Outpatient Center at St. Clair Health, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and The Dunlap Family Athletic & Recreation Center, St. Vincent’s College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Mr. D’s philanthropy reflected his commitment to help those in need: ‘Look for the least, the last and the lost’ and ‘You cannot outgive God’.
Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife Anna, are their four children: Timothy M. (Teri) Dunlap, Maureen Hallas, Kathleen Dunlap and Stephen “Beaver” (Tracy) Dunlap. Nine grandchildren: Jeffrey (Diana) Hallas; Erica (Brian) Hise; Kimberly (Josh) Pisarcik, Emily Kerns; Timothy Dunlap; Philip Kerns; Ashlee Dunlap: Stevie Dunlap and Rachel Dunlap. Eight great grandchildren: Cody; Savannah; Jackson; Cameron; Lily; Liam; Mason; and Harlan. Ed Dunlap’s siblings: Patrick (Patricia) Dunlap Sr., Virginia (David) Curry and Eileen (Jeffrey) Staats, sister-in-law Josephine Kuhn, brother-in-law Tom (Olivia) Billante; Marianne Billante, the late Joseph Billante and the late Gino Billante; uncle Tom (Jo-Ann) Counihan and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Mr. D also leaves behind his favorite companions: Princess and Princi.
Mr. D was preceded in death by his parents, Edward B. & Margaret M. Counihan Dunlap, Sr. and beloved aunts and uncles.
“When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial contributions to: (Coast Guard Foundation, Attn: Edward B. Dunlap Memorial Fund, 394 Taugwonk Road, Storington, CT 06378.
Make A Wish Greater Pittsburgh & WV, Attn: Edward B. Dunlap Memorial Fund, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Edward B. Dunlap Memorial Fund, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Viewing: Saturday, July 30, 2022 and Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at William Slater II Funeral Services, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. 412-563-2800.
Mass of Catholic Burial: Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church, 320 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241. 412-831-1010
Cemetery: Immediately following Mass. Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, 2900 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317. 724-941-7601
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