Dan Caruso was as much a part of Canonsburg as Pike Street or the East End. He was born here, in 1921. When he went into the hospital this May, just before Memorial Day, he expected to come back. Unfortunately, he didnít.
He was a busy man, Daniel A. Caruso, our mayor, devoted and proud of our town. He wanted nothing but the best for the town and its citizens, and he gave his best. Honor and integrity were integral to his character.
As a young man just out of high school, he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. He was immensely proud of his service. Then, after returning home, he earned his degree in education. He taught industrial arts while earning his principalís certificate. He was Canonsburg High Schoolís last assistant principal and was principal of four elementary schools.
Danís brother, Fred Caruso, was Canonsburgís last burgess. Dan followed his lead by winning a seat on borough council and serving eight years, four as council president. He had been mayor eleven years.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.