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Thanking the Clergy

The Trosset Family would like to thank the clergy of Upstate New York for their friendship with Dick, and many years of loyal patronage to the store. Dick was happiest when he was on the road making calls to the clergy, many of whom were good friends, and derived great comfort from serving the church.

Please enjoy the tribute below, summarizing Dick’s contributions to the community as a Notre Dame alumnus; U.S. Naval officer; husband; father; business man; and friend. He will be greatly missed.

In Loving Memory

Richard T. Trosset (Dick) of New Hartford passed away peacefully on May 21, 2015, at the age of 83.

Dick was born in Utica on September 30, 1931, the son of Alfred E. and Marie Fehn Trosset.  He graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Utica in 1946, and the University of Notre Dame, Cum Laude, in June 1953. He was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Navy in January 1954, serving on board the USS Maury (AGS-16) and at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before completing active duty in September 1957. He remained active as a Navy Reservist until he retired with the rank of Commander in 1974.

In August 1958, Dick graduated Cum Laude with a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan,
he met his wife Roberta (Robbie). Dick and Robbie were united in Holy Matrimony on October 25, 1958 at Precious Blood Church, Detroit, Michigan. They became parents to four children, whom they deeply loved: Gregory Arthur; Scott Alfred; Michelle Diane; and Jeffrey Alfred, who died in 1959 as an infant. Dick loved being a father, and never missed a Little League Baseball game.

Dick at work before he lost his vision in 2004Dick was devoted to his Alma Mater, the University of Notre Dame, making numerous trips over the years to visit the campus. He was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the Mohawk Valley in 1963. In 1958, he took over management of the Utica Catholic Book Store that has been owned and operated by the Trosset Family since 1908, and became the owner in 1986. In 1962, Dick expanded the retail store to include Trosset Church Supply as he became more involved in directly servicing the church supply needs. Throughout his life and into his eighties, Dick travelled much of Upstate NY and was well known to the clergy of that area. In his role as owner of the family business, Dick loved serving the church, and cherished the many friendships he made over the years.
He was active in the Jaycees of New York State, serving as State Treasurer and State Vice President. Dick was named Jaycee of the Year in 1965, and named one of the Outstanding Men of America in 1965. In 1973, he received the Commander John Meagher Award for Public Relations for the U.S. Naval Reserve. Dick and Robbie were active members of the Utica Curling Club for 28 years where they both enjoyed the game and chaired numerous events.

Dick was pre-deceased by his sister Dolores, wife of Doctor Ford Truax; his sister Rosemary, wife of Marvin Taylor; and his brother, Robert F. Trosset. He is survived by: his wife, Robbie; his son Gregory, husband of Connie; his son Scott, husband of Karen; his daughter Michelle; and his sister Bernadette Trosset Schultz. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Brenda, Richard, Matthew, Jason, Allison, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick and Robbie celebrating 55 years of marriage with family and friends in October 2008.

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