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Richard Carney

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Richard "Dick", "Rit" Carney, 73, the beloved husband of 43 years of Elizabeth "Betty" (Cooley) Carney died Sunday, (August 4, 2002) at his home. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Norbert and Bernice (Young) Carney, he grew up in Windsor. He graduated from John Fitch High School where he was third in his class. He received his business degree from UConn where he was a member of the Lamda Chi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning from the war, he worked for the Crane Co. and then went to work for CNG from which he retired after 31 years. While with CNG, he received many awards including one which honored his hard work and dedication in providing gas lines to the Town of Portland. He was an active member of the Hartford County Home Builders Assoc. where he was recognized as their "Man of the Year" and was made a permanent Honorary Member. Dick was an avid fisherman, became a Master Gardner and a member of the Knox Foundation. Always proud of his Irish heritage, he was a member of the Irish American Home Society and a longtime member of the Manchester St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. In 1996 he was chosen as the Parade Marshall for the Town of Manchester. He was also very interested in the history of the Town of Windsor and contributed to the Windsor Story Tellers. He was also very proud to be a member of the Manchester VFW Post 2046. Besides his wife, he is survived by two wonderful daughters, Kelly Geary and her husband Tim, and Maureen Carney and her fiance Matthew Steele; two beautiful grandchildren who brought the lilt of Irish laughter into his heart, Cara Elizabeth and John Carney Geary; his sister, Bernice Carney, and his sister, Virginia Riccardo and her husband Joseph. He is also survived by two nephews, Paul and Mark Riccardo; his niece, Susan Schooley; three grandnieces, Shannon, Monica and Clarissa; his special cousin, who was like a brother, Francis "Butch" Carney and his wife Dorothy; and many devoted and loyal friends. Dick, "And now the road rises up to meet you... and until we meet again, we know that God will hold you in the palm of His hand." Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St., Manchester, followed by a Mass of Resurrection, 10 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, Manchester, with burial in East Cemetery, Manchester. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 6, 2002
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