A room of the Beaver County Courthouse has been dedicated in memory of former Court Administrator Richard DeFilippi, who died in August of last year. DeFilippi worked in the courts for more than 35 years.

The Jurors’ Lounge — located on the second floor of the courthouse — now bears a large plaque outside of its main door near Courtroom 1 in DeFilippi’s honor. The lounge provides a place for prospective jurors to sit throughout the day while waiting to find out if they will be chosen to hear a trial.

According to county officials, the tribute to Richard DeFilippi is the first and only memorial of its kind in the courthouse.

The dedication was spearheaded in part by Domestic Relations Director Joseph Signore, a long-time friend of DeFilippi. County officials say the memorial was approved by President Judge Richard Mancini with the Board of Commissioners also unanimously consenting to the tribute, although the dedication was never discussed during a public meeting or voted on.

From The Memorial Plaque:

This Jurors’ Lounge is dedicated to the memory of Rich DeFilippi who served the Beaver County Court System for over 35 years. From 2005 until the day he passed away on August 4, 2017, Rich served the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County as the District Court Administrator. He committed himself to enhancing and pioneering the Beaver County Courts to the highest professional level which is exemplified in many other Courts across this Commonwealth today. Rich will forever be remembered for his loyalty, graciousness and professional treatment toward his Board of Judges, his employees and the public which he served and loved on a daily basis. Days before succumbing to his battle with cancer, Rich’s last words to his family were: “Carry On”

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John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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buzzkill
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buzzkill

Next thing you know, Beaver County officials and judges will be giving former Rep Mike Veon and former Sen Jerry Lavalle lifetime acheivement awards for ethics. That would make about as much sense as this does.

RollingOverOzzie
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RollingOverOzzie

While reading this, “I sit in the bathtub literally catching vomit in my hands.”

JP … You are the best!

Gringo
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Gringo

Then maybe you need to drop a plugged-in toaster to your little bubble bath

Hellno
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Hellno

Oh hell no!!! If Mr. Signore wishes to hang this plaque he should hang it in his livingroom. The women that were harrassed by Mr. Defilippi should not have to see that plaque everyday. Of all the people that served the government of Beaver County through the years, this is the man they choose for the first dedication in the court house? And Sandy…really? It didn’t even occur to you that this was wrong? TAKE IT DOWN.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

I agree…TAKE IT DOWN.

Boo
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Boo

DeFilippi said he works with Signore on a regular basis and is impressed by the way he runs his office, “Mr. Signore is a fine man and he is a good director. I am very confident in his ability to lead that office.”

Tells you all you need to know about what kind of man DeFilippi was huh?
Old boys club. Boo.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

I think there is a lot of single mothers trying to collect back payments that would disagree with Signore’s ability to run that office. In fact, he should be so busy running that office that he should have NO FUCKING TIME to think about dedicating anything.

Wise Owl
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Wise Owl

Will this become a trend? Reading the past history perhaps the plague should have been installed in a Men’s Restroom.