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W. Richard Crane of West Seneca, longtime member of the Ironworkers union, died Saturday (Oct. 18, 1997) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 82.

A 1932 graduate of South Park High School, he worked in the building trades since graduation.

He became an ironworker in 1945, working out of Local 6, and retired in 1980 after 20 years as a union ironworker for Sen-Wel Industries.

He was a member of the St. Martin's Catholic Church Holy Name Society and Sunset Bay Boat and Beach Club, where he was former sergeant at arms. He was a third-degree member of Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, in Lackawanna.

Crane was active in athletics. In his younger days he won the decathlon gold medal in the 1930 Junior Olympics sponsored by the Courier-Express. He was still active in golfing and boating.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Rita "Betty" McNamara; two sons, Richard A. and David J.; and four grandchildren.

Prayers at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Charles F. McMahon Funeral Home, 982 Abbott Road, will precede a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:45 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road. Interment will be in Nativity Cemetery, Orchard Park.[ulrch]

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