Christopher Thomas Sleighter

Christopher Thomas Sleighter died peacefully while asleep on April 20th, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Even in failing health, Chris maintained a quiet dignity and compassion for others that is a beautiful lasting memory for his family.

Born on November 2nd, 1957, Chris was the son of John Ross Sleighter (died 1963) and Pauline Sleighter. Chris is survived by his wife Linda Sleighter of Uniontown, daughter Kayley Sleighter of Baltimore, MD, daughter Kelsey Magnotti and husband Jake Magnotti of Pittsburgh, PA and his first grandson Walker Christopher Magnotti.

Chris’s family includes sister Mary Ann and husband Jim Grego of Uniontown, brother John Sleighter and wife Mary Carol of Gibsonia, PA, sister Linda Sue (died 1980) and husband Bill McGee (died 2019) of Las Vegas, NV, sister Sharon and husband Simon John of Uniontown, brother Rob Sleighter and wife Susan of Uniontown. There are numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and in-laws, all who will miss “Uncle Chris”.

Chris was a graduate of Uniontown High School, class of 1975 and received his degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  After college, Chris began working at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 12 office. Chris was a fair minded and respected leader at PennDOT where he established a long and distinguished career, retiring as the Fayette County Manager in 2016 after 35 years of employment.

Chris, better known as “Slate”, was fiercely competitive and loved to play basketball. He played for the St. John’s CYO basketball team that went to the state championship in Erie, PA in 1974, played for the IUP Crimson Hawks and continued to play recreationally as an adult where he was known to be a “ slasher “ who loved to go to the hoop. His love for basketball continued as he enjoyed watching his daughters play for several years.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially in Myrtle Beach.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Andrew D. Ferguson Funeral Home & Crematories, Inc. At Chris’s request the services will be private. A public mass will be held at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church at 61 Mill St., Uniontown, PA 15401 at 10 am on Tuesday, April 23.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable donations be made to the American Cancer Society at 3708 Fifth Ave #503, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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