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“John, and Dan, I was very sorry to read of your dad's passing. It was nice to see Pitt Wrestling paying a very nice tribute to him.Blaine ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Blaine Shiff - Pittsburgh

“Bobbie..I was saddened to hear of Joe's passing.He was always a classy guy & a gooddancer..of course you were the star.My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Diane, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was certainly your biggest champion! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Ellen Sweeney - Pittsburgh, PA

“Joe was always a cheerful influence in the office. I particularly remember our times together on the golf course with the Blue Cross Men's Golf...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Obrosky - Broken Arrow, PA

“I am truly sorry about the loss of your loved one. May the peace of God comfort and strengthen you to endure this difficult time. My thoughts are...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“John, Michelle and the entire Solomon family,We are so sorry for your loss and hope that the wonderful memories will come often for you all. Please...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Bill and Anne Marie Lee - PA

“John and Family,We have been thinking of you every day during this time of loss. We hope that you will take comfort from your friends and family...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Ryan & Megan Dirkx - Glenmoore, PA

“Dear Solomon family- As a former WPIAL wrestling coach, it was an honorto know Joe. He a was great ambassador of the sport of wrestling. He was a...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Chad Hanna - New Kensington, PA

“So sorry to hear about your father. Johnny told us yesterday that he passed away. We knew he was not well. Please accept our condolences and know...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Joan & Del Comstock - Pittsburgh, PA

“John, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and Prayers. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Eileen Judy - Middletown, PA

“May you rest in eternal peace Joe. I will never forget your smiling face and your caring demeanor. You were admired and loved by all. Thank you for...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Solomon family my deepest sympathies. I too worked at Blue Cross where Joe was our leader. He was the best we all liked working for him. He...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Ann Kruth - Pittsburgh, PA

“I remember Joe when I wrestled and coached at Canon McMillan High School and as a fellow official at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic.Joe was a...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Schmidt - Lexington, KY

“MY FRIEND,SCHOOL MATE, TEAM MATE. JOE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS. MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: JAMO PIHAKIS - BIRMINGHAM, AL

“Bobbi and Family, Joe was one of a kind. I will always remember his keen wit and sense of humor. He was the "coolest" of all and will be greatly...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Christine Kontomanoli - Palau

“Bobbie and family - we are sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Terry & Lynne Molyneaux - PA

“You will be missed Uncle Joe. We all have so many great memories of times spent with you. Your love of family and your fantastic sense of humor. Now...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Karan Valenti - Houston, TX

“Dear BobbiI was so sorry to hear about Joe. I feel like I've lost a friend with all the Pitt games you both have attended; I really miss that...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Connie Fiorina - Pittsburgh, PA

“Bobbie we are so sorry for you and your famaly's loss. Joe was my boss for a number of years and he was always fair. My wife Marilyn and I still...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Walter Watrobsky - Port St Lucie, FL

“To the Solomon family,The Syrian/American community lost a great man.I personally did not Joe but will never forget watching him in the 60's,...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: joseph krusienski - Acworth, GA

“A wrestler spirit is full of pride, commitment and strength, and yet their heart is soft and full of love. You are a blessed family to have been...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Diane and Mrs. Solomon, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father and husband. Tax season will not be the same, not seeing his smiling face...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: April Beyzner - Washington, PA

“My sympathy to the Solomon family on the loss of Joe. I worked with Joe at Highmark. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Caryn Schultz - Oakmont, PA

“I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was so very good to me years ago when I moved to Pittsburgh. He was such a great spirit and had the best...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Missy Tarabay - Pittsburgh, PA

“To the Solomon family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. He sure was one of the good guys! Dom really enjoyed working with Joe for all...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“There was only one Joe Solomon! King of the Hill! We will miss you so much but remember all the great family times. You taught us so much in the way...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Michelle Solomon - Glenmoore, PA

“To the Solomon Family, I extend my deepest sympathies. Joe was instrumental in hiring me at BCWP in 1988, and I will always be grateful for that. ...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Sproule - Pittsburgh, PA


Joseph John Solomon, loving husband to Barbara (Bobbie) Solomon (Barefoot) passed from this earth, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 5th, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. Born November 18, 1933 in Canonsburg PA, Joe and Barbara were married for 59 loving years. In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his son John Solomon & Wife Michelle of Philadelphia PA, Dan Solomon and his wife Sandy of Carnegie PA and Diane Hrapla (Solomon) and her husband Jerry of Pittsburgh. Joe was loved and adored by all of his family and acquaintances but held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Brad & Delaney Solomon of Philadelphia and Dan & Joie Hrapla of Pittsburgh. Joe will also be remembered warmly and missed by all of his friends from Canonsburg & Washington PA.
While Joe was an outstanding and giving person and was always available to help those he could, he will be remembered by his friends for his outstanding 32 year career as a wrestler and official. Joe attended Canonsburg High School from 1947-1951 and during that time was a 3 time WPIAL Champion and 1 PIAA State Champion and 1 PIAA State runner-up. As a result of his excellent academic work at Canonsburg High School and his obvious wrestling prowess, Joe accepted a Wrestling Scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh which he attended from 1951-1955. While at Pitt, Joe was the MVP of the Wrestling team during his Freshman & Sophomore years and team Captain during his senior year.
Throughout his legendary wrestling career, Joe has been recognized as a champion by the following organizations:
4 I Champion, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Champion, Wilkes College Tournament Champion, AAU Champion
And last but not least, Joe was the 167lb NCAA Champion in 1954.
After college, Joe served his country by joining the Navy. While there, he was the United States Navy All Navy Champion and as Coach for the Great Lakes Naval Station Wrestling Team, Joe won the team title in 1956. Also in 1956, Joe received an invitation to become a member of the United States Olympic Wrestling Team.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Joe spent over 30 years at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania (Highmark) as Senior Vice President of Sales. In his free time and while working for Blue Cross, Joe officiated well over 900 wrestling matches for 30 years at all levels including 15 PIAA state championships, 10 PSAC & EIWA Championships and 5 NCAA Championships.
Joe was recognized by numerous Halls of Fame, including:
The Washington/Green County Hall of Fame The Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame The Pitt Golden Panthers Hall of Fame National Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame Canonsburg High School Hall of Honor The Pennsylvania State Wrestling Hall of Fame
The WPIAL Hall of Fame National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Joe lived his life with a purpose focused on family first. Despite all of his accomplishments, Joe was a humble and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed terribly by his loving family. Joe will be buried in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA, with full military honors on Tuesday at 2:00pm.