Jan.1, 1926 – June 19, 2016
Catherine Dial, former owner of the Capricorn III bar and grill, died Sunday while in hospice care at Sisters of Charity Hospital from complications of a fall in her home while visiting with several close friends. She was 90.
Mrs. Dial, described by friends and family as a thoughtful woman always willing to lend a hand to others, was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and as a young woman worked as a cosmetologist in her father’s shop. She married William Potts and they raised three daughters. She later moved to Buffalo and married John Dial and helped raise her husband’s son. Her husband died in April 2014.
She and several of her friends worked for years at the Pine Grill Nightclub, an East Side tavern renowned for the many jazz musicians who played at the club. She and two of her close friends, also Capricorns, decided to go into business for themselves and opened Capricorn III on Genesee Street.
After retiring, she frequently purchased season tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and regularly attended jazz concerts at the Colored Musicians’ Club and the annual Pine Grill reunions.
She also attended many functions with her husband, who was a member of the British Car Club of Western New York and the Swiftwater Sail and Power Squadron. She and John Dial loved to ride in his restored 1957 Jaguar convertible. She also enjoyed quilting and wine tasting.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Potts, Judy Lawson and Martha Potts; a stepson, John Newsom; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. July 24 in Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Following the service, a celebration of her life will be held in the church.