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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 16, 2021 02:34 PM
From: Senator Lisa Baker and Sen. John T. Yudichak
To: All Senate members
Subject: Condolence Resolution for Patrick Solano
We plan to introduce a condolence resolution honoring the life, work and service of Patrick (Pat) Solano, who passed away on January 23, 2021, at the age of 95.
While a copy of the resolution is included in this memo, the richness of Pat’s life and influence cannot be placed into mere words.  He was a trusted advisor and counselor to many and a friend of all.  His love of family, friends, our nation and Commonwealth knew no bounds.  You may recall that we welcomed Pat to the Senate floor in celebration of his service in October 2019.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this condolence resolution to honor the life and legacy of an iconic public servant and wonderful gentleman.
In the Senate,
Whereas, The Senate of Pennsylvania mourns the loss of Patrick J. Solano, who passed away on January 23, 2021, at the age of ninety-five; and
Whereas, Born in Pittston on June 22, 1925, Mr. Solano was the son of the late Carlo and Mary Aita Solano. A 1942 graduate of Pittston Township High School, he served this country with honor and distinction as a Flight Engineer in the United States Army Air Corps with the Eighth Air Force Heavy Bombardment Group during World War II. For his distinguished service, Mr. Solano was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars. Following his honorable discharge from military service, he embarked on a lifetime of public service. Mr. Solano served in the administration of nine governors and was recognized as a trusted advisor, a voice of reason and a unifying force at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building. An avid outdoorsman, he served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources and Acting Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In 2013, the environmental learning center at Frances Slocum State Park was named in his honor. Mr. Solano was a member of the Wyoming Rod & Gun Club and the founder of the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club. He will be remembered as an outstanding citizen who was dedicated to his family and his community; now therefore be it
Resolved, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania note with great sadness the passing of Patrick J. Solano, whose life greatly benefited all those who lived, served and worked with him; and extend heartfelt condolences to his wife of sixty-six years, Marie Nocito Solano; daughters, Mary Pat Augello, Anita Bubul, Rita Zarra, Liz Blaskiewicz, Anne Branley and Catherine; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this document, sponsored by Senator Elisabeth J. Baker and Senator John T. Yudichak, be transmitted to Marie Nocito Solano, 157 Center Street, Pittston Township, Pennsylvania