Richard L. Carrara
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Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory - West 38th St.
1595 West 38TH St.
Erie, PA
Richard L. Carrara, age 76, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born in Coal Hollow, Pa., March 31, 1936, a son of the late Joseph and Inez Contrini Carrara. Richard is the owner of Carrara Steel & Carrara Steel Erectors, Amthor Steel, Serafini's Restaurant, the Inn at Presque Isle, and Sparkling Ponds Winery. He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Church. Survivors include his wife, Tami Nicholson Carrara of Fairview; six sons, Kim Carrara, wife, Suzanne of Erie, Terry Carrara, wife, Paula of Erie, Kevin Carrara of Flint, Mich., Kris Carrara, wife, Tammy of Charlotte, N.C., Patrick Carrara, wife, Tara of Erie and Giovanni Carrara at home; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Diane Smith, husband, Wallace of St. Mary's Pa. Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLP, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd., Friday from 2 until 9 p.m. and may attend the Funeral Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th St. on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Detisch officiating. Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Erie Zoo, 423 West 38th Street, Erie, PA 16508. Condolences at bruggerfuneralhomes.com.

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Published by Erie Times-News on Apr. 12, 2012.
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To the Carrara family, I am sorry to hear of your Dad's passing..my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paulette O'Connell
May 10, 2012
Carrara Family,
I just learned of Dick's passing and I am greatly saddened by it. My condolences.
Daniel Lanni
May 1, 2012
Dear Carrara Family,
My friendship goes back many years...back to OLCS days...It was always a pleasure to know all the family... Dick will be missed...You are all in our thoughts and prayers,
Karyn & Cliff Shaffer
Seminole, FL
April 25, 2012
My Condolences to the Carrara Family. It is so sad to lose a family member so suddenly. I am looking forward to John 5:28 "All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lauren Amthor
April 19, 2012
Carrara Family,
We were saddened by the passing of Dick. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Graham and Roslyn Parsons
Graham Parsons
April 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to you and yours. I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Carrara has passed. I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Carrara for the last five years. Our conversations were a bright spot in my life and they will be greatly missed. He was a man of vast knowledge and wonderful, funny stories - I had the utmost respect for him. May he rest in peace....

Kind regards
Jennifer Herrick
Jennifer Herrick
April 16, 2012
To The Carrara Family,

Please accept our sympathy for the passing of Dick. It was always great to see him when we crossed paths.What a great legacy. Best wishes to you all.

Mark & Becky Hooven
Mark Hooven
April 16, 2012
Tami, Terry, Kim, Pat and the entire Carrara family,

Missy and I send our heart-felt condolences to you all. Dick was one of the few men you meet in life who stands out head and shoulders above the rest. A man of integrity, compassionate, humble, honorable.....that is how I will always remember him.
Jon Ellis
April 15, 2012
To the Carrara Family,
i was deeply saddened to hear about Dick. he was a master of negotiation and knew how to treat everyone with respect. he expected everyone who did business with him to be the same way. it was a great pleasure and honor to do business with him during my tenure at Vulcraft.
jim Ronner
April 15, 2012
To the entire Carrara and Amthor extended family condolences and deepest sympathy for the passing of Dick Carrara may he rest in peace. All of us who knew and worked with him will miss him and his dedication to performing at the highest level of fabrication quality and loyalty. Always, Russ Mathews (KSE)
Russ Mathews
April 15, 2012
To the entire Carrara family...Kim, Terry, Chris, Kevin, Patrick, Giovanni (wives & children)...please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Your dad was a gem of a guy. We have many fond memories of your dad. We were unable to pay final respects as we are out of state. We are very sorry for your loss. (First cousins)
Angela & Bob Mitkowski & family
April 15, 2012
I was shocked when I heard the news My thoughts and prayers go to the Carrara family. I got to know Dick from my dad working for Amother Steel and he was a great guy he will be greatly missed!!!
Keith Hough
April 15, 2012
Pat, Tara & all the Carrara family -
So sorry & surprised to hear of Dicks death. You have my sympathies.
Kathy Lopes
April 15, 2012
To Dick's family,
Amthor and Carrara would allow our Army Reserve unit members to park in their lot. It was so nice of them especially on weekends when the weather was bad and we were carrying a lot of gear in to 1107 Payne Avenue for our then drill weekends. I admired a car he had, a Lincoln Mark VIII LSC, and after hearing about--I bought one. He always treated us with respect and would thank us for our service. We thanked him and the other owners for providing us with convenient parking. I recently retired after 31 years and it is those little kindnesses that one remembers.
Susan Miller Ret Colonel US Army Coronado CA and Erie Pa
Susan Miller
April 14, 2012
Our love and prayers and many, many memories of Dick throughout the years will always be treasured in our hearts. He was a kind man and blessed our lives. God Bless You All
Jan & Ernie Bergkessel
April 14, 2012
Terry, Paula and Family,
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Alyssa
Alyssa Hayes
April 14, 2012
Dear tami,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. The line was so long today I could not wait! He must have been loved by a lot of people. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers along with your son. I will contact you in the near future.

Michelle Charles bozich
April 13, 2012
LuCretia Pulos
April 13, 2012
To the Carrara family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dick. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Andy and Molly Allen
April 13, 2012
So sorry for your loss Tammy and Giovanni and the Carrara family .I will always remember the good times at The Avonia Tavern .My thoughts and prayers are with you,he will be sadly missed. Monica Slubowski
Monica Slubowski
April 13, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Carrara family.
Stephen Edinger
April 13, 2012
sorry for your loss enjoyed working for you! timothy fedak (amthor steel)
timothy fedak
April 13, 2012
To the Carrara family, our sympathies are with you at this time.Dick was a great person to my Dad and our family, our prayers go out to you all.
Kevin Jenks
April 13, 2012
dear tami and family, I'm so very sorry for the loss of dick. I so remember his wonderful sense of humor, his extraordinary wit and fun loving personality. you two always seemed to have so much fun together. god bless you and your family at this extremely difficult time. I'm unable to attend the viewing but wanted you to know how sorry my family and I are. sincerely betty scalzitti
betty scalzitti
April 13, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.
Danny Wygant
April 13, 2012
To the Carrara family, I am very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a great supporter of union men in his company ,and that we are thankful. Any time i would run into him away from work , he always left me with the impression that he should have been a comedian had he not chosen the career path he did . I am sure he will be missed greatly . Your friend Todd Hemme
Todd Hemme
April 13, 2012
Dear Carrara Family, we are saddened by your loss. Kim, Terry, Kevin, Kris, Patrick, and Giovanni, you had one of the best mentors/fathers possible. Your father will be missed by many. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Guy Euliano and Family
April 13, 2012
To the Carrara family,
It is indeed a sad time for all of us at Dick's passing. We will all miss him. I have fond memories of our conversations about wine made in the old Italian way. He was a true gentleman.
C. Angela Bontempo
April 13, 2012
My sympathy to all. This goes so way back...Richard got me my 1'st job back in 1968. Our families spent so much time together. Richard was the best! Always made me laugh. I think he was my Dads best friend!! So, I know he is in Heaven with him and they can continue their friendship!! Probably laughing about Siamese cats!!! Remember the good times we had with him!! He was a character and a wonderful Dad and Friend...
Debi Bixby-Anderson
April 13, 2012
The Carrara Family:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dick meant a lot to me, including being a good friend. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Todd Bittinger
April 13, 2012
The obit about Dick that appeared on the internet on April 10 was hard to believe and except. A shock that will take much time to forget.

Dick was truly a super star in the construction industry. We shared many stories for over forty years, me at S&O and Dick at Amthor.

Dick surrounded himself with dedicated employees who respected his honest and caring demeaner.

His business and social life were top shelf.

Good by dear long time friend and hope these few words of mine will offer some comfort to Dick's boys and family.
michael skrzypczak
April 13, 2012
Pat & Tara:
Sorry to learn about your Dad's death. He - and the entire Carrara family - will be remembered in our prayers.
Marty & Kathy Eisert
April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012

To the entire Carrara family, I am sorry for your loss. My wish for you is...that the love of of your friends and family will carry through your grief. Dick cherished life and certainly lived it to the fullest. He will be truley missed by so many people that knew him. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to work for him these past three years and I will miss all the great conversations we shared.

My thoughts ane prayers are with you.
Linda Mitchell
April 13, 2012
Your father is dancing with Jesus, "Do not weep" but rejoice in his life. You all are in our prayers.
Justin Allaman
April 13, 2012
To the entire Carrara family: On behalf of myself, the officers and members of Iron Workers Local #3, our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. I can't express in words what your dad had meant to me and this local. He will be missed and in our prayers.
Chris Parker
April 13, 2012
Terry, Pat, Kris, Kim, and Butch
I have known you guys as well as your father for many years. From the old vernondale days to my employment with Amthor. I will always appreciate your dad for the past 28 yrs. of work and his sense of humor for the past 40 yrs. I will never forget the sound of his voice when he would call me little stevie schloss! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you guys and your families.
Steven Schloss And Family
April 13, 2012
To the Carrara family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers

Lisa Serafini
Lisa Serafini
April 13, 2012
I have always enjoyed working with Mr. Carrara through Joe Kelly here at Hubbard Bert Karle Weber. We'll miss him and his sense of humor. Great guy!
Diane Verdecchia Byrne
April 13, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful man,he will be missed.
Karen Fohner
April 13, 2012
I was so sad to hear that Mr. Carrara had passed away. He is in my prayers and thoughts, as is your family.
My sympathies,
Mary Amthor Gibson
Mary Amthor Gibson
April 13, 2012
Dear Tami,and Carrara Family,Helen Ann and I are deeply saddened and heart broken by the passing of Dick.He was a true and trusted friend, and he will not be forgotten. God Bless.

Sincerely Art& Helen Ann Martinucci

Sincerely
April 12, 2012
Tami and the entire Carrara family.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great Man. Mr. Carrara was a great inspiration to me and my company. He will be missed by all who's life he touched, and that is a lot of people! I am truly Honored to have known Him. my deepest condolences.
Dana Dash
April 12, 2012
Dear Tami,Kim,Terry,Paula,Patrick, Tara,Giovanni,and family. I'm truly sorry for your lose. Richard was a very special man and will be dearly missed. My heart goes out to all of you.
Brenda McClelland
April 12, 2012
To the entire Carrara family, we are sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy. My husband works at Carrara Steel and when I was scheduled to have our youngest son last year Dick told my husband he could take the entire night off even though he just asked to leave a few hours early to be able to get me to the hospital for my induction. Bruce still went in for a few hours even though the entire shop thought he was crazy worrying about working when his child would be coming later that day, but he didn't want to let Dick or the rest of the worker's down. The Carrara family treats their workers quite well and we are thankful that my husband has been able to be part of Dick's shop. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cassandra Burt
April 12, 2012
Terry, and the entire Carara Family...

My sincere codolences on the passing of your dad.

I remember the first day I met him back when we were freshman at Prep...He was stern but fair.

Let the memories you shared guide and comfort you through the days ahead..... and know that those who knew your dad share deeply in your saddness....
David & Connie Suminski
April 12, 2012
Dear Tami,Giovanni,and all of the family,

We have all suffered a great loss with the death of a loving husband,father, friend,and confidant.

Our prayers are with all of you.

He will be missed.

Sincerely,

Doug & Ann Vaughan
Ann Vaughan
April 12, 2012
To Kim and the Carrara family, very sorry to hear the sad news. Your Dad was always one of the favorite subs on our projects, He and the whole family will be in our prayers.
Andy Gawlas (Kaufmann's Dept Store/May Co.)
Andy Gawlas
April 12, 2012
Tara and Family, My Sympathy. Sincerely. Tony Russo
April 12, 2012
To Terry and the Carrara family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Your dad was a special person who left a lasting impression on me in so many ways. My prays are with you in this difficult time, may God bless you and your family.
Steve Sawor
April 12, 2012
Tami and the entire Carrara family: May the Good Lord wrap his arms around you to comfort you at this time of sorrow! The next time we open a bottle of Woman Pleaser, we will definitely think of our visit and how Dick told us to try, try, try the stuffed olives!
Mike and Marcia Deniziak
April 12, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Jeff Hoopsick
April 12, 2012
There are no adequate words even from those of us who have already walked in your shoes. My heart goes out to all of you. This would Have been hard on Bob. Dick was a special guy. My deepest sympathies to all of you.
Sandra Hough
April 12, 2012
Most of the best years of my life, and my little girls, were spent with Terry Carrara and Paula, and their little ones.

Our families became entwined in good ways for many years. Peace was present for all. Smiles too.

The Bible says "You will know them by their fruit".

I know Richard Carrara from the "fruit of his children", bringing much joy to my own children and me.
And I am deeply grateful for those memories, and deeply saddened by the loss of a great man.

My condolences and prayers to all his family.
Danny Lucas
April 12, 2012
With sympathy,
Tom and Rita Anne Miller (daughter of Gelindo and Veronica Benigni ....of Ridgway, PA. Your mother, Loretta was my first cousin.
Rita Benigni-Miller
April 12, 2012
charles martin
April 12, 2012
Terry and family, sorry for your loss.Hank and Judy Hokaj.
April 12, 2012
To the Carrara Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's Passing. I knew and Respected Him for about 40 years in our Private and Business lives.

He was always there to help when needed.

More People should be like He was, and this World would be a Better Place to Live In!

I will Miss You, My Friend!
Gary L. Meyer
April 12, 2012
Pat, I'm sorry about your dad. I have fond memories of him. I'll be home in August, we have to get together.
Bill Lopes
April 12, 2012
Dick's life touched so many. We were humbled to know him. He was a gift to his family and to all of the Erie community.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow for all of you...

Dianne and Bob Cunningham
April 12, 2012
Dear Terry, I am so sorry to hear about your dad, I am glad that I did get to meet him after all of the stories Doug has told me all these years.He will truely be missed. You and your family are in our prayers & thouhgts.
Kellie Robbins
April 12, 2012
Sorry and surprised.I had the pleasure of doing work for him on several occasions as founder and owner of Erie Weld Prodcuts &
Spiral Stairs of America....
Dick Pasquale ret.in Fl.
April 12, 2012
SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF ANOTHER PERSON WHO MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN OUR TOWN..MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS..MAY YOU FIND PEACE IN OUR LORD..
DEBORAH WYKOFF
April 12, 2012
To All the Carrara family we are so sorry to see Dick's passing. He was a good friend and fellow Coal Hollow - Brockway guy! Clarence & sandy Kearney
April 12, 2012
Our hearts will be heavy, but the next bottle of Sparkling Ponds Dago Red will be opened in Dick's honor. He will forever remain a well respected boss and leader.
To the entire Carrara family, may you find comfort in all the memories you shared with such a special man!
Colleen & Chris Gross
April 12, 2012
The memories of your father always brings a smile.
Nancy Proske
April 12, 2012
To the entire Carrara family; Please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you this at this sad time....
Tom & Connie Luschini
April 12, 2012
Carrara Family My son Matthew Frazzini worked at Amthor Steel for Mr. Carrara. He always said how well he was treated. We are very sorry for your loss. He will always be Mr. Carrara to us.

Joe and Marge Frazzini
Mr.&Mrs. Joseph Frazzini
April 12, 2012
To the entire Carrara Family:

I am so sorry and saddended to hear of Dick's passing. You have my prayers and deepest heartfelt sympathy. May God give you the strength to get through the next few days and afterward. He was a really a kind and caring man, and always brought many smiles to those he was around. I enjoyed working with him at Vulcraft. He will be sadly missed in the steel industry.

Linda Moll
April 12, 2012
Gio-

I'm very sorry about the loss of your dad.
Matt Dlugas
April 12, 2012
Kim; I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Alan Bainbridge
April 12, 2012
..We were shocked and saddened to learn of Dick's passing. He was a very nice man with a wicked sense of humor. He will be deeply missed. Our sincerest condolences.
Robert Nichols and family
April 12, 2012
To the Carrara Family-- We are so very sorry to hear of Dick's passing.He was an amazing man who did so much for so many. I will miss his well tuned sense of humor, his friendship and that one in a million smile!Gery and Lisa Nietupski
Gery Nietupski
April 12, 2012
Pat and Tara, Andrea and Mitch,
You have our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father and Grandfather. We never met him, but we are sure he was a wonderful man. You are in our prayers.
Mary Gail, Andrew and Barbara Chenard
April 12, 2012
To the Carrara Family.

We are sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Dad and family on Garlock Dr. from my babysitting days. (Patty Brandon) Years have gone by, but the memories go on forever. Our sincere sympathy for your family. God Bless All of You. May Richard Rest in Peace.
Al, Patty & Family Tomczak
April 12, 2012
Carrara Family:

My deepest condolenences for your loss. Richard was a welcoming, caring, thoughtful, and overall great man. He will be forever missed and always remembered.

Sincerely,

Sean Bach & Family
April 12, 2012
Tami and Gio,
I was so saddened hearing about Dicks passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Dick was awesome - always smiling and telling great stories. You will forever remember him in your hearts! Tami I will call you next week when I get back into town. Big hugs to you! I'm sorry I'm not there for you now.
Nancy Hilbert
April 12, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss ,love you and will be in my heart forever and tell my 3 kitties,Carmel, Patches and Grandma Rosi i love them and watch over them till mommy comes home.(RIP)
LuCretia Pulos
April 12, 2012
Please accept our deepest condolence on Dick's passing.

Dick always went of his way to stop and chat whenever we saw each other and was a great supporter of Erie's charitable scene especially those that helped children.

We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Doug, Kelly, and Olivia White
Doug White
April 12, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Carrara family. I never saw Dick without a twinkle in his eye and the corner of his mouth curled up, which is when you knew he was going to say something unexpected and hilarious. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Chris Kovski
April 12, 2012
Tami: We will miss the visits from you and Rich, We will remember them always. You and your fanily are in our hearts and prayers.
Sam & Becky Best
Lakeview Wine Cellars
April 12, 2012
To Dick's family, my deepest sympathy. He was filled with passion for life, and made everyone around him smile. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Dick and may his loved ones be comforted.
Diane Blasdell (DuBois Regional Medical Center)
April 12, 2012
I and Michele are deeply saddened on the sudden passing of your husband / father. I know this is a difficult time for you all, however, RLC was very much admired and respected throughout the community, and in business, I can truly say that having worked with him and for him for many years.

Please extend our deepest sympathy to your wonderful family. May you all find the strength and courage to get through the days ahead.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
Michael F. Guzzo, Jr & Michele L. Gollner
April 12, 2012
DEAR TAMMY AND THE CARRARA FAMILY,
DICK STOOD FOR QUALITY AND INTEGERTY.
WE ALL LOST A GREAT MAN AND A TRUE FRIEND.
I'M GOING TO MISS THAT SINCE OF HUMOR.
DAN "DANSER" SERWINSKI
DAN SERWINSKI
April 12, 2012
Aunt Tami, so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Dan and Sara
Sara Nicholson
April 12, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Carrara family, Richard was a sweet and caring man. May God bless you and give you strength at this time.
Tonya Crosby
April 12, 2012
Kim, Terry, Kevin, Kris, Pat, and families,
So very sorry for the loss of Uncle Richard. I know what you are going through... I miss my Dad every day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
Thinking of you now and always,
LAURIE PASI
Laurie Coppede Pasi
April 12, 2012
To the entire Carrara family: we are so sorry for the lost of Dick...it was a honor and pleasure to know him, just as it has been a pleasure to know the whole family.. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all
Kristine, Keyara, n Hailie Kelly
April 12, 2012
The Carrara Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful person and will be truly missed.
Louanne Griffith
April 12, 2012
To all of the Carrara family,
We were sorry to hear about Dick.
He was a great friend and a true gentleman. We will miss him.
You have our deepest sympathy.
Eileen & John Agostini
April 12, 2012
Dear Tami and the rest of the Carrara family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful man and I have nothing but fond memories of him. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie (Peck) Gummerson
April 12, 2012
Tammy and Family,
My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I had known Richard for quite a few years, cooking for him and his fella's at the sidewalk cafe', he was a very kind and caring man and will be truly missed by many.
Jeniene Watson
April 12, 2012
Tammy and Gio,
We were so sad to hear of your loss. I so enjoyed seeing and speaking with Dick at school and church functions. He was a great friend to so many and he will be missed. You are in our prayers.
Lou Montefiori
April 12, 2012
Tammy & Family You are in our prayers.... Fondly Emil & Karen Kesselring
Emil Kesselring
April 12, 2012
Our family was shocked and saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed.
Robert Nichols and family
April 12, 2012
Dear Tammy,

So very sorry about your loss. Richard is a true definition of a gentleman. He will be greatly missed for his grand smile and huge sense of humor.

W.L. Friend
April 12, 2012
So sorry for the loss of your father. Take comfort in the memories you have and the love of your family. He will now be your guardian angel watching over you all.
Darcy Patton-Matson
April 12, 2012
Kyle and I are very sadden by your lose. Dick was a very special and caring man.
Jeff Joint
April 12, 2012
Dick was one of a kind. Loved his sense of humor, his gift of friendship, his unassuming leadership, his charitable ways... I am, those who knew him and our community are better for having him in our lives.
James Martin
April 12, 2012
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