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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue, 77, Coudersport, PA

Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue
“longest serving Potter County Treasurer”

COUDERSPORT, PA---Richard T. “Dick” McCaigue, 77, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, May 1, 2009 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA from heart failure.

Born October 13, 1931 in Cuba, NY, he was a son of Lave C. and Elizabeth “Betty” Reed McCaigue. On May 5, 1951 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, PA, he married Mary H. Reed, who survives.

He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1950. Mr. McCaigue was employed by Godfrey L. Cabot Well Drilling in Lydia, PA for 3 years. He worked at McCaigue Beer Distributorship for 1½ years. Then in September of 1954, he and his wife started their own beer distributorship, R.T. McCaigue Beer Distributor, which they ran for 13 years. Mr. McCaigue built his home with Chet Petrosewitz and ran the beer distributorship out of his home.

Mr. and Mrs. McCaigue later sold and distributed Charles Potato Chips for 2 years and also served as Amway distributors. They worked from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. six days a week.

Mr. McCaigue ran for Treasurer of Potter County in 1967 at the urging of his friends. He won the election and assumed the office in January of 1968. He was the first Democrat to be elected to the Office of the Treasurer in over 100 years, a position he held until retiring in December of 1999.

In his first term as treasurer, Mr. McCaigue was paid on a commission basis, receiving no salary. Mrs. McCaigue served as Deputy Treasurer the entire 32 years Dick was Treasurer, a practice at the time that was common to all offices of the County.

Mr. McCaigue was a life member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, where Richard was baptized and confirmed. He was a 4th degree Life member of the Knights of Columbus, Coudersport Council 1355. He was a former member of the Central Grange #1216, Sweden Valley, PA, for many years.

He was also a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Coudersport Area Volunteer Ambulance Association where he served as Treasurer for several years and he was also a member and past president of the Coudersport Rotary Club. He was a social member of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, PA. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Treasurers Association having served on the Executive Board.

Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Patricia Ann (Al) McCaigue-Barry of Coudersport, PA, Jo Ann Mueller of Overland Park, KS, and Michele Ann (Ken) Sharp of Lee Summit, MO; four grandchildren, Richard Thomas Barry, Autumn Leigh Adams, Kurt Georg Mueller II, and Kyle Sharp; one great-granddaughter, Faith Adams; one niece and one nephew.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCaigue was predeceased by a brother, Daniel McCaigue; and a sister, Louise Saxton.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the gathering space at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, PA where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 with The Rev. Joseph Czarkowski, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

The Rosary will be recited at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the gathering space of the church.

Flowers are gratefully declined. The family suggests a Mass card in Richard’s memory or donations may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Area Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.


Anonymous said...

I sure will miss him waving to me and everyone he saw! He was a good man for sure!

Anonymous said...

Dick was a great guy!! Sorry for your loss Mary and family. God Bless! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

i always chuckled when i had to follow him over dutch hill, about 15-20 MPH the whole way!

he always had a smile and a wave to share, may he rest in peace...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Great man, great treasurer, great wave, great memories....thanks RT McCaigue.

Anonymous said...

Don't know what we liked more, deer season or the fact we would get to see RT McCaigue and his smile....

Anonymous said...

Dick was known for waving at everyone on the street... I never saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word to say...

Do you suppose that the family will stick one of those spring loaded waving hands on his casket for old times sake???