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CROTTY, Richard "Dick"

Crotty - Richard "Dick" Richard Charles Crotty passed away on Wednesday, July 15, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Buffalo, New York on December 6, 1934 to John and Adeline Crotty. Dick was the youngest of three sons. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert in 1951 and brother John Jr. in 1967. Dick graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College where he earned a degree in accounting. After college, he went into the United States Army and was sent to the Army Finance Center at Fort Harrison, Indiana as part of his training. He spent sixteen months in Korea with the Eighth Army.
After he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1958, he married the love of his life, Mary Catherine O'Donnell, who proceeded him in death in 2005. They lived together in Buffalo, New York for 19 years before moving to Charlotte. Dick was employed in various financial capacities at Sylvania Electric, Curtiss-Wright Metals Processing and National Gypsum from which he retired in 1995. He loved all sports but particularly the game of golf for which he won many trophies and awards. His goal was to get a "hole-in-one," but it never happened. He would often say "maybe in my next life." He also loved gardening and cultivating flowering bushes, trees, and plants around his house. He enjoyed being actively involved in St. Gabriel Mens Club but his biggest love, however, was his family and spending time with them. His survivors who will cherish his memories always are his children Mike (Helen), Pat (Mary), Mary Claire Campbell (Clay) all of Charlotte, and Dan (Shelly) of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Catherine and Daniel Crotty, Ben and Thomas Crotty, Zachary and Ryan Crotty, and Kevin and Meredith Campbell. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to his doctors as well as his wonderful friends for the countless prayers and well wishes. His incredible attitude, high spirits and sense of humor have made an indelible mark on our hearts and will not soon be forgotten. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte on Thursday, July 23. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Gabriel Catholic Church or St. Gabriel Cradle Preschool. To share memories, photos, and condolences, please visit Dick's online memorial at

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