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May 20, 1935 – Dec. 17, 2013

Richard C. Mathewson, who was instrumental in the development of a Little League football field in Riverside Park that bears his name, died Tuesday in his Buffalo home. He was 78.

Known as “Coach Dick,” Mr. Mathewson was born in Buffalo. He played semi-professional football in Buffalo in the early 1960s and later worked approximately 10 years as a hot roll operator for American Brass Co.

Mr. Mathewson coached and was a former president of Black Rock-Riverside Little League football.

Working with city officials, Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services, the Buffalo Bills and the National Football League, he helped secure funding for construction of the football field, as well as new restrooms and a concession stand, completed and named in his honor in 2000.

Survivors include his wife, the former Norma A. Kurek; two daughters, Jennifer Crowley and Michelle Gough; a son, Richard; two brothers, Robert and Frederick; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave.