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Benjamin Edward Nemeth

April 4, 1990 — August 19, 2023


Benjamin Edward Nemeth, of Ligonier, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 19th at the age of 33, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ben was a 2008 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School, and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He resided in Pittsburgh, and worked as an Automation Testing Engineer for the Hitachi Rail Corporation since 2019. He was a respected member of his engineering team, and would often travel across the country to work on rail projects in San Francisco.

As a young man, Ben traveled to Israel with Birthright to learn more about his Jewish Identity, and he was a member of Temple Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg for many years. Ben pursued a variety of interests, including a deep love for animals, reading, hunting, cooking and gardening; however, his true passion was for the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), in which he was known as Lord Ronan O'Conaill. Ronan was the Baronial Herald, previous Baronial Chatelain, a Kingdom Deputy Herald, the Baronial Captain of Archers, as well as an accomplished thrower, fighter, woodworker, tailor, brewer, and camp fire master. Ben/Ronan enjoyed learning to create as much as he enjoyed patiently teaching others to experience the same joy.

Ben was devoted to all of his family members, and never failed to greet everyone with a warm hug at every family event. His loving energy will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Ben is survived by his parents Edward and Leslie Nemeth of Ligonier, PA, his sister Kaitlin and brother Jacob Nemeth, Aunts and Uncles David Weinstein, Thomas & Diane McAloon, David & Marybeth Nemeth, Dave & Patricia Polcha, James & MaryBeth Crosby, Dennis Shulock, many beloved cousins, and his sweet dog

A private graveside service will be held this Sunday, August 27 for immediate family & close friends.

Funeral Arrangements by Kepple-Graft FuneraI Home, Inc., Greensburg.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that in Ben/Ronan’s name, you donate to SCA PA Inc - BMDL, c/o Sharon Booth, 1105 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, or donate to Action for Animals, P.O. Box 814 | Latrobe, PA 15650.  Online condolences are welcome at

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