Hyannis-Richard William Cressy (Dick) passed away on August 16, 2017. He was born in 1919 in Beverly, Massachusetts. Dick was the 9th of nine children of Fredrick and Agnes (Butler) Cressy. He attended Beverly High School, and the University of Massachusetts.
Dick served four years in World War II in the US and Europe. While serving in the second Armored Division he received four Battle Stars, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Unit Citation, during that time he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1946 reaching the rank of Captain.
After the war Dick began his life long career in education. In 1957 he was a Coe Fellow in history at Yale University and in 1959 a Jon Hay Whitney Fellow at Columbia University where he earned his Masters Degree. He taught history in Greenwich and New Cannan, Connecticut before moving to Cape Cod where he continued teaching at Barnstable High School. Dick was a past president of the Barnstable’s Teacher Association.
In the years following retirement, Dick and Aileen had the opportunity to travel to many places including Europe, Panama, Nova Scotia, the Caribbean and his favorite, Hawaii. They took part in a number of Elder Hostel trips and cruises including decorating a float in the 2001 Rose Bowl Parade.
Dick took great pleasure in the many visits from members of family over the years, he especially loved time with the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was devoted to his faith, and remained a lifelong student of world history. He enjoyed growing flowers and watching the wildlife around his yard in Hyannis. Dick was a lover of classical music, would often entertain with a song, and occasionally break out his harmonica. Friends and family enjoyed Dick’s dry wit, which often left his audience both confused and amused. Dick is remembered fondly as Mr. Cressy by the many students he taught and inspired in his 40 years of teaching.
One does not reach 98 years without help. On behalf of Dick, the family would like to thank the many people in the community who have touched his life over these past few years he was blessed to have your support.
In addition to his wife Aileen of 71 years, Dick is survived by daughter Patricia and her husband Dennis Massa of Pittsford, New York; daughter Judith of New York City; son Steven and his wife Carla of Sandwich, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. A private graveside ceremony will be held at the National Military Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts at a future date.
In lieu of flower donations may be made on Dick’s behalf to The Perkins Institute for the Blind Lending Library, 175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472, or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.