Jan. 12, 1928 – March 29, 2016
Robert G. Crean, of Clarence, a retired insurance executive, died March 29 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1946 graduate of Kenmore High School. He served in the Army stateside from 1946 to 1948, attaining the rank of sergeant, and accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After a year at West Point, he transferred to the University of Buffalo and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Mr. Crean began his career with Marsh & McLennan Insurance in downtown Buffalo and became manager of the Buffalo office. He was transferred to an executive post in Baltimore in 1977, then became president of the Canton Agency in Baltimore in 1979. He returned to Buffalo in 1981 and was vice president and upstate New York sales manager for the Alexander & Alexander Agency here. He retired in 1997.
An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the Country Club of Buffalo and was a past member and director of the Buffalo Club.
In 1962, he won the top prize – a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – on the television show “The Price Is Right.” In 1970, he was a co-winner in a contest to name Buffalo’s new National Hockey League team, the Sabres. He enjoyed painting and won a number of awards for his works. He also enjoyed international travel.
His wife of 21 years, the former Geraldine Gorman, died in 1973. He was remarried in 1976 to the former Shirley O’Neill, who died in 2003.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas R. and Robert M.; a daughter, Diane E. Bohn; a brother, Donald; his partner, Carol Flynn; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. April 16 in the Country Club of Buffalo, 250 Youngs Road, Amherst.