Richard F. (Dick) Torrey Saratoga Springs - Richard F. (Dick) Torrey, passed peacefully on September 30, 2012. Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, he graduated from Saratoga High School in 1944, then joined the Army Air Corps and spent a year in Japan during the post WWII Occupation. While in training, he met the love of his life, soon to be his bride of 61 years, Betty (Stetson). After the war, he graduated from Syracuse University and worked as a reporter at the Post Standard in Syracuse. In 1958 he began his career at Niagara Mohawk Power Company, where he worked in Buffalo and Syracuse before retiring in 1988 as Senior Vice President. Throughout his life, Dick was known for his generosity, his public service and his willingness to contribute. He served on numerous bank, college, insurance company and hospital boards, and economic development agencies. He was president of both the Buffalo (NY) Chamber of Commerce and the Empire State Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering and fundraising were hallmarks of Dick's life and career. He was involved in many charitable causes ranging from the USO to the United Way, from hospital foundations to community foundations, and always with the churches he and Betty attended. When he wasn't enjoying Syracuse University sports, Buffalo Bills football, or Buffalo Sabres hockey games, Dick could be found on the golf course. After retirement, he and Betty traveled the globe playing golf, ultimately mastering the links in 27 different countries. Dick was predeceased by Betty, and by his parents, Marian and Reginald Torrey. He is survived by his three daughters, Patricia Torrey (Warren) Kritsberg of Baldwinsville; Carol (George) Kress of Rochester; and Barbara (Kenneth) Friedman of Ithaca, six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at the Fairchild and Meech Funeral Home in Syracuse on November 30 at 2 PM . In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to Feed The Children, PO Box 36, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-0036 or the USO, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Ste 1200, Arlington, VA 22201.
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Published in The Saratogian on Oct. 21, 2012