Richard M. (Dick) Grace

Willig Funeral Home & Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | February 18, 2021

Richard M. (Dick) Grace, age 90, of McKeesport, died February 16, 2021, at home.  Born June 27, 1930, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late John and Catherine (Coughlin) Grace and the loving husband of Marianne (Bodnar) Grace for 63 years.  Dick worked for US Steel National Works as a crane repairman for 30 years. He was an active member of United Steel Workers Union Local 1408. He served as a Grievance Man, Vice President and President of Local 1408 from 1979 to 1985.  He retired in 1987 and then worked for the United Steelworkers Dislocated Worker Program and was President of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR).

He was an Army Veteran serving from May 1947 to January 1950, a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Corpus Christi Church and served as an usher for over 30 years. He was a member of the 11th Ward Club.  Dick was an avid runner and was often seen running in Renzie Park with his yellow lab Cyrano. He had a servant's heart and helped countless out of work steelworkers and widows navigating the complicated benefits process. In addition to his wife Marianne, he is survived by children, Rich (Van) Grace and Leanne (Paul) Zottola; grandchildren, Zach, John, and Nathan; siblings, Kathleen (late Richard) Mangus, Isabelle Grace and James Grace.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Grace; brothers, Jack, William, Daniel, Vincent, Thomas, Joseph, and sister Sara (Sis) Vogel.  Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:30 p.m.  Burial will follow at New St. Joseph Cemetery.  Condolences and memories may be shared at  Charles Danforth, Supervisor. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to St. Baldrick's Foundation at

Originally published February 18, 2021.

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