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Richard T. Corcoran, USW office assistant director

Oct. 6, 1934 – Jan. 10, 2014

Richard T. Corcoran, of Lake View, retired assistant director of the Buffalo office of the United Steelworkers of America, died unexpectedly Friday in Largo Medical Center, Largo, Fla. He was 79.

He was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory High School in Lackawanna and, after serving in the Navy, joined Operating Engineers Local 25 and worked in many cities in the Northeast and Canada.

Mr. Corcoran went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in the early 1960s, was elected grievance man for United Steelworkers Local 2601 and held that office for many years.

In 1979, he was appointed staff representative for United Steelworkers District 4, which included New York, New Jersey and parts of New England. He was assigned to offices in Syracuse, Chicago and Buffalo, where he negotiated contracts, conducted arbitrations and oversaw elections.

When the district was enlarged and became District 14, he was named assistant director. He retired in 2002.

Mr. Corcoran helped organize and took part in long-distance runs in Washington, D.C.; Boston; and San Francisco with “Who Dares, Wins,” an organization helping Vietnam War veterans find jobs.

He was a runner in the Olympic Torch relay for the 2002 Winter Games.

In retirement, he volunteered with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Good Neighbor food drive.

He was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, and Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus.

An avid golfer, he participated in many local charitable tournaments.

Mr. Corcoran and his wife traveled extensively in Europe and South America.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Marilyn Milks; three daughters, Corrine Benosa; Renee and Lorraine; two sisters, Arline Killian and Helen Jewett; a brother, Robert; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Blessed John Paul II Catholic Church, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View.

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