Richard Anthony Creeden
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Richard Anthony Creeden
  • December 20, 1926 - June 16, 2015
  • Rocky Hill, Connecticut

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Richard Creeden, affectionately known as Dick, died peacefully in Rocky Hill, CT on June 16, 2015 at the age of 88. He alongside his wife, were long term residents of East Hartford.

Dick is survived by his wife Dorothy Dumont Creeden; his children, Debra Creeden of East Hartford, and former husband Fred Cuevas of Glastonbury, Catherine Walsh and her husband David of Rocky Hill, and Teresa Olio and her husband of Amston; his five grandchildren, Lauren Cuevas, Cassidy Olio, Kerry Walsh, David Olio, III, and Dylan Walsh; siblings, Patricia Woodsum of Newburyport, MA and Anne Brooks of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is predeceased by his brother Jeremiah Creeden of Amesbury, MA and his parents Jeremiah and Alice Creeden of Newburyport, MA.

Dick was born on December 20, 1926 in Newburyport, MA to Jeremiah and Alice Creeden. He graduated from Newburyport High School in 1943 and then from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration. Dick joined the military, between his degrees, for service during WWII and was stationed in Texas. He married Dorothy on February 23,1957 in Chicago, Il. After moving to East Hartford, Dick began working for Aetna in Claims, where he worked for thirty-eight years. Dick and Dorothy had three daughters, and Dick set about teaching them to be strong, independent people during a time of great social change for women. His children remember him as a quiet yet compassionate father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Dick was accomplished at maintaining his home and his physical health. He maintained a small shop of tools in the house and he loved working out, often walking his neighborhood in the Naubuc district of East Hartford. He had a sharp and funny wit, and loved to travel, exploring Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He included Aruba, however, as his favorite place to travel, mostly because he loved beaches, swimming and the ocean. He was a passionate Red Sox fan who struggled with the rest of New England to follow his team over the years. Dick was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church.

A funeral liturgy is scheduled for 10:30am on Saturday, June 27 at St. Rose Church, 33 Church Street, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108 or http://www.lung.org/donate/. The family would like to thank the staff at Maple View Manor in Rocky Hill for their compassionate care.

Benjamin J. Callahan Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, is assisting with arrangements.
For online condolences please visit www.callahanfuneral.com.