P.V. (Pat) Naples, known to his friends as “Jet”, passed away Tuesday, 12-30-2014., he was 84.
Born on Sept. 24th, 1930 in McKees Rocks, PA., Jet was raised in a traditional Italian family in Pittsburgh, PA. At 18 he entered the Air Force serving his country during the Korean War stationed in Amarillo TX. In 1959 after his military service, he began working for the US Postal service in Amarillo and was a window clerk at South Station for 30 years. Jet turned down several promotional opportunities to pursue his first love and passion, playing his trumpet and his love of jazz music. He loved to play the trumpet and he played jazz since he was a child. As a band leader for many years, his bands played at and were regulars at locations such as The Aviatrix, The Country Barn, The Embers, Tascosa Country Club, The Amarillo Club, and countless other venues, parties and gatherings. He considered jazz as the purest form of music and loved listening and performing.
Jet also loved sports and he was a passionate and animated Pittsburgh Sports fan who loved his Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, and Pitt Panthers. Most weekends Jet would devote his time to cooking traditional Italian meals, and watching his favorite sports team. He was delighted to share his Italian recipes with family and friends. Between yelling at the TV, (rooting for his team) and putting the finishing touches on a perfect meal he would enjoy a classic Beefeaters martini, just before dinner.
He will be remembered fondly as a man with a quick-witted humor that loved to laugh and share a joke, a leader, a musician, a man of passion, a man of faith, and a loving husband, father, and friend.
Jet is survived by Martha, his wife of 49 years, his four children, Tony and wife Farley of Amarillo, Mike of Ft. Worth, Carole Brunton and husband Steve of Euless, and Kevin Meadors and wife Kim of Amarillo; his sister-in-law, Darla Masterson, of Tucson, AZ. He has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous family members in Pittsburgh.
Services will be held Friday, January 9th at 2pm, Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, Fr. Scott Raef, of St. Mary’s Cathedral officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be Khiva Shrine Children’s Hospitals or to BSA Hospice.