Richard ‘Rich’ McCrory peacefully departed this life from the comfort of his home on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the tender age of 74.
The youngest son of the late Elgie Struthers and Nell (Savitsky) McCrory, Rich grew up with his 3 siblings Jackie, Bane, and Donald in the Mon Valley area. A graduate of California Area High School and an engineering student at West Virginia University, Rich eventually found his calling in the steel industry. However, that career was delayed slightly. Rich was drafted into the US Army in 1966. He served his country faithfully as he was deployed into Germany during the Vietnam War. He returned home in 1968 and began his career in the steel industry. He worked as a Welder and retired from the industry in 2006
Rich loved and cherished his wife and 2 daughters. ‘Pap’ also adored his 3 grand-children, relishing in each of their accomplishments and proudly supporting their endeavors. He enjoyed spending time at Christmas surrounded by his family and friends and especially looked forward to the annual Christmas Arm wrestling contest with his grandson Jake (which, of course, he never lost!). A man of few words with a proclivity for observation, Rich was a very good judge of character. He embraced and welcomed all in his midst.
Among his many enjoyments were guns, summer, pools and beer! Rich McCrory LOVED guns! An avid collector and NRA instructor at the Roscoe Sportsman’s Association for many years, Pap shared this passion with his family, especially with his Grandson, Jake. Rich had many guns in his collection and took the opportunity to shoot as often as he could. Another joy was spending time at their camp in Confluence. Rich loved to grill and sit poolside at home with family.
As Rich faced health challenges in the winter season of his life, negativity never gained a foothold in his being. His love is one of many legacies he leaves for all of us. As his daughter Kim reflected upon his passing, “The day he passed, snow came early afternoon while everyone was sitting in the kitchen, it wasn’t supposed to come till the next day. Mom loves the snow, but Dad hated it. He knew she loved it. I think he sent it.”
Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his loving wife of 47 years, Dorothy McCrory of Roscoe, PA; daughters Kim Jones-McCrory (Joe Santa) of Mars, PA and Mindy McCrory (George Polocheck) of Belle Vernon, PA; brother Donald McCrory (Bernadine) of Roscoe, PA; sisters Jackie Donaldson of Stockdale, PA and Bane Vadella (Pat) of Elco, PA; grand-children Jake Thompson, Shane Smith and Jessie Smith along with a host of extended friends and family.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Historic Church of St. Peter, Brownsvlle, PA on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm with Fr. Timothy Kruthaupt as Celebrant.