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Inspiration for ‘Pittsburgh Dad’ video series dies

Patrick Varine
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Keith Wootton, shown above in several family photos, died on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Wootton was the inspiration for his son Curt’s “Pittsburgh Dad” character.

The inspiration for the Steel City-based YouTube series “Pittsburgh Dad” died on Monday.

Greensburg native Curt Wootton announced on the “Pittsburgh Dad” Facebook page on Wednesday that his father, Keith Wootton, passed away earlier in the week.

Curt has portrayed the “Pittsburgh Dad” character since 2012 on YouTube, posting videos showcasing fatherly reactions instantly familiar to any Western Pennsylvania native.

“As many of you may know my father was the inspiration behind this silly character that I have played for the last seven years,” Wootton posted. “He exemplified what it meant to be a true Pittsburgher throughout his entire life, with his Bloomfield roots, hard-working attitude, and total pride in the city which he adored.”

Wootton said his father could be a disciplinarian, but “that sternness could easily give way to his tremendous sense of humor” — traits easily recognizable in Wootton’s “Pittsburgh Dad” character.

“He was, and always will be, the show’s biggest fan,” Wootton wrote.

“Pittsburgh Dad” videos posted over the past two months alone have received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube, and Wootton’s videos of a stereotypical “Yinzer dad” regularly receive more than 50,000 views each.

The character has been featured in local commercials and even inspired a beer from Full Pint Brewing Co., their “3-2-1 Win” pilsner.

As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Wootton’s post on the “Pittsburgh Dad” Facebook page had garnered more than 7,300 comments.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.