Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Oct. 20, 1931, Clayton A. Sweeney was the son of the Rev. Denis Regis and Grace Frances (Roche) Sweeney, and the brother of Marguerite Clohisy, Rosemary Flynn, Marygrace Stafford, Lorraine Wagner, and the late Cathreen Sweeney, Cecile Donoghue, and Denis Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney married his late wife, Sally Dimond on Oct. 4, 1958, and they raised six children during their 46 years of marriage: Sharon, Lorrie (Michael Zupon), Maureen (Fritz Bauerschmidt), Clayton, Tara (Jack Hughes) and Megan (Michael Carlin). Mr. Sweeney was also the beloved Papa of 10 grandchildren: Douglas Carmody, Ryan, Matt and Sarah Zupon, Thomas, Sophia and Denis Bauerschmidt Sweeney; and Betsy, Liam and Emma Hughes.
Mr. Sweeney earned his Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University in 1957 and his L.L.B. from Duquesne in 1962. He was admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania in 1962 and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1968. During his career as a renowned lawyer and business executive, Mr. Sweeney was a partner at the law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll, Rodewald, Kyle and Buerger (1962-78), senior vice president of Allegheny Ludlum Industries Inc. (1978-81), executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Allegheny International Inc. (1981-84), vice chairman of Allegheny International, Inc. (1984-85), partner, managing director, and board member of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote (1986-98), president of Sweeney Metz Fox McGrann & Schermer (1998-2000) and partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, Pittsburgh (2000-2012).
Mr. Sweeney was a member of the board of directors for Wilkinson Sword Group Ltd., U.K., Landmark Savings and Loan Association, Liquid Air North America, Halbouty Energy Co., Koppers Holding Corp., Koppers Industrie, Inc.; Schaefer Manufacturing, Inc., Schaefer Marine Inc. and Schaefer Equipment, Inc. He also served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law, a lecturer at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and a member of the procedural rules committee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Clayton A. Sweeney
As a testament to his many accomplishments, Mr. Sweeney was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Law at Duquesne University, and he was named one of the 100 Most Distinguished Living Alumni by the Duquesne University Century Club.
Mr. Sweeney's distinguished professional career was matched by his equally distinguished record of community service. He generously served as chairman of the board of directors at Seton Hill College, St. Francis Medical Center and DePaul Institute, and he served as a member of the board of directors for numerous organizations, including Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, St. Thomas More School, the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting Inc., Diocesan School Board, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Toner Institute, Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Wesley Institute Inc., Junior Achievement of Southwest Pennsylvania, and the YMCA of Western Pennsylvania.
During his later years, when he relocated from Pittsburgh to Bemus Point, N.Y., Mr. Sweeney remained active by serving as chairman of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, co-chair of the New York State Council of the American Red Cross, chairman of the education committee at the Robert H. Jackson Center, chairman of the Bemus Bay Pops Foundation, and a member of the Jamestown Rotary Club.
In his leisure time, Mr. Sweeney was an avid cyclist, choir member, Steelers fan, and maker of silly rules for his grandchildren to break. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends in the Chautauqua Lake region. Mr. Sweeney's love and generosity were deep and wide, and he will remain present through the many lives that he touched.
Funeral arrangements are by Beinhauers (724-941-3211). Friends are welcome at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 12:30 p.m. in St. Thomas More Church.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Clayton A. Sweeney to one of the following five organizations: American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, The Robert H. Jackson Center, Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma or The Retreat Residential Recovery Program (www.theretreat. org). The Sweeney family will hold an additional memorial service in the Jamestown area within the next month. Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.