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Edward F. Rockman

February 12, 1941May 15, 2020

Edward F. Rockman, a prominent Pittsburgh CPA, of Briar Cliff Road, died in his sleep May 15th. He was 79.

A graduate of Sayre (PA) High School and Dickinson College, Ed received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 and went to work at Bachrach, Sanderbeck & Co. He became a CPA soon thereafter. Throughout his career, he provided guidance to a multitude of Pittsburgh small businesses and was a force in setting standards for the profession.

Ed was a former shareholder and director of quality control with Alpern Rosenthal. A former member of the AICPA's Auditing Standards Board, he served on several task forces, including the Audit Issues Task Force. He also served on AICPA’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) Executive Committee, and the PCPS Technical Issues Committee.

Ed was a long time Board member, devoted supporter, and friend of the Pittsburgh arts organization, Contemporary Craft (CC). After working with the group as head of the nonprofit audit division at Alpern Rosenthal, he joined CC’s Board in 2008 and served in many different roles including Board Chair, member of the Executive Committee and the Capitalization Committee, as well as Audit Committee Chair. Ed was a trusted advisor who helped the organization as it navigated its relocation from the Produce Terminal to Lawrenceville.

He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills for nearly 50 years, twice serving as the President, among many other leadership roles.

Ed loved good food – creating and consuming it – as well as good libations in the company of dear friends. He was an avid fan of crossword puzzles and enjoyed a good turn of phrase. Never a fan of formality in either business or personal relations, Ed especially despised neckties, and often decried them as a “decadent, bourgeois fetish.”

He is survived by his wife of nearly 38 years, Mary Ellen Johnson, daughter Elena Rockman-Blake (Chris), son Jon Rockman, grandson Michael Blake, sister Betty Rockman Gordon (Alan), and Sally the cat.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Contemporary Craft (https://contemporarycraft.org/) or the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills (https://uucnh.org/)


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Chuck Berry

May 22, 2020

The more I got to know Ed, the more I liked him. Ed did not suffer fools lightly and I may have been a little "foolish" when I first met him. You had to dig a little, but Ed had a great low key humor about him and we both shared a love of UUCNH. The best experience I have had in the Church was serving on the LDT committee with him. He was our leader and we got a lot done and had a great time doing it. He was our Church Patriarch and he will be missed.

Jeff Swanson

May 21, 2020

We were very saddened to hear about the loss of Ed. Our thoughts and prayer go out to you Marry Ellen and Family during this difficult time. May you find comfort with the memories and good times.

Patricia Giura

May 20, 2020

Ed taught me most of what I know about financial accounting and business writing. Always had the utmost respect for him. Sympathy to Mary Ellen and his family.

Don Monti

May 19, 2020

A great man, an accomplished professional who cared about our world and tried to make it better.

sean brennan

May 18, 2020

Ed will be truly missed. A very smart man who loved being a CPA. RIP

Patricia Cepko Polansky

May 17, 2020

I have known this wonderful man since 1984 when I joined Alpern, Rosenthal & Company. He was such a great mentor and friend. He always treated me with respect. I was his ride home from many "after tax season" parties. He and his wife Mary Ellen were honored guests at our home "after the holidays" parties. My husband Greg and I will miss him. God is getting a great chef. Our love and support to Mary Ellen.
Pat & Greg

Christopher Lowell

May 17, 2020

For 60 years, Edward honored me with the gift of his friendship, culminating in a wonderful Zoom-type chat just the other day. That friendship began At Dickinson college, and remained constant in places like Eureka California, North Hills/ Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Colorado Springs. Fortunately he has left me wonderful memories of laughing, cooking, and many joyous hours we lived together over a good whiskey or one of his father’s famous sidecars. One of my dearest, most cherished friends, Edward has left us too quickly and too soon.

Brian Weller

May 17, 2020

50 years of memories can’t be captured here. A friend in every sense of the word. A gentlemen of honor, integrity and commitment.

He showed us all how to enjoy life, while respecting and enhancing the lives of countless others.

“The only true dead are those who have been forgotten “

Ed will live on , bringing joy full memories and quiet smiles to countless people for countless years.

Susan & Paul Cox

May 17, 2020

So so very sorry for your loss, Mary Ellen. White light and loving thoughts to you and your family. I remember being at a gathering at your lovely home when Vail and the children were visiting. Of course the food was delicious with Ed at the grill.


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