By Monica Pryts/Staff Writer
SLIPPERY ROCK —
Local businessman Frank Monteleone Jr. passed away Saturday, and authorities have confirmed the circumstances surrounding his death that have had community members offering words of support for his loved ones.
“He cared very deeply for Slippery Rock…He will be missed,” Itzi Meztli, Slippery Rock council member and Slippery Rock University professor, said Monday.
Monteleone, 52, of Slippery Rock Township, well known for owning many rental properties in the borough, took his own life Saturday night, Butler state police said.
He made a call to 911, saying he intended to kill himself. Before any help could arrive, he carried out his threat with a single gunshot in the parking lot of the Slippery Rock borough building, 306 E. Water St., police said.
State police were assisted on the scene by Slippery Rock University police.
The Slippery Rock borough police station is located at the borough building, but no patrolmen were on duty at the time of the incident, Police Chief Terry Fedokovitz said.
Allied News reports on suicides if they happen in a public place, and state police confirmed that Monteleone was found in the parking lot.
A report was not immediately available from Butler County Coroner William F. Young III.
Council President Dave Miller issued a statement Monday on behalf of council, saying the borough won’t comment on the circumstances surrounding Monteleone’s tragic death and that it would be inappropriate to do so. Borough police were not involved with the investigation, and the borough staff and officials send heartfelt thoughts to Monteleone’s friends and family, Miller said.
Meztli said he and many others are shocked and saddened by Monteleone’s sudden death.
“I considered Frank a close friend,” he said.
Monteleone had been attending council meetings on a regular basis for most of this year, up until the last two months, to keep tabs on the bulk trash issue, often disputing council’s decision to change the spring pickup date from May to March.
Meztli said he had noticed his absence from recent council meetings and hadn’t spoke to Monteleone for the past few weeks, but he will remember him as a great landlord who loved Slippery Rock.
“He was very active in community affairs,” he said.
Published Nov. 20, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.