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Richard Joseph Citrini

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 6, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 15 Comments

Richard Joseph Citrini passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 after a relatively brief illness with cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1932 to Anthony Miro Citrini and Joachima Helen Citrini, Richard moved with his parents to Durham, NC in 1934 when his father Tony was hired as one of several Italian stonemasons to build Duke Chapel and many other gothic architecture buildings on Duke University’s campus. Richard took much pride in recounting how he and his brother Robert helped his father and uncles with basic construction jobs on sites such as the Morehead Planatarium in Chapel Hill and the VA Hospital in Durham, among others.

Richard graduated from Durham High School in 1950, and he enjoyed being on the Bulldog’s golf team. Richard continued his interest in golf through the years, and he sometimes joked that his dreams of playing on the Senior Tour were thwarted by his inconsistent putting stroke. Richard very much enjoyed the many friendships he formed through the years with his golfing partners at Croasdaile and other courses in the Triangle area.

Richard graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1954, and he loved all things Carolina. He enjoyed some good-natured ribing from Duke friends and family over the rivalry, and though he was not technically ‘Tarheel born,’ he was ‘Tarheel bred,” and it was “rah, rah, Carolina” all the way.

Richard graduated from the Louisville School of Dentistry in 1958, and he enjoyed 38 years of dental practice. Richard spoke fondly of the strong relationships he formed with his patients and staff, and he often went by Jim Pyle’s current practice to speak with Jim, current staff, and former patients. Richard also loved the creative aspect of Dentistry, and he took much pleasure when a patient recounted how their crown or bridge still fits ‘just right’ – sometimes even 40 years later. Richard always felt a special connection with his office building itself, as his father and his team helped to construct it and place brick on it.

Richard was married 53 years to Sally Porter Citrini, and they were blessed with four children, three son-in-laws, and nine grandchildren. Richard was extremely proud of his children’s academic and personal accomplishments, and he found much joy in the talents, dreams, and goals of his nine grandchildren as well.

One of Richard’s biggest legacies was the way he took care of his brother Robert for 27 years – after their father’s passing in 1982. Richard’s gifts for detail and great love for his brother who had a mental disability modeled for all family members how to be of service to others. Jesus’ quote, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me” was a quote Richard quietly followed daily in his words and actions.

Richard was very active in civic and church groups. He was a member for 30 years of the Durham Kiwanis Club and was president of the club from 1982-1983. Richard was also a member of the Durham Rotary Club and served on its Board of Directors for a time. Richard enjoyed membership in the Durham/Orange Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and was co-founder of one of Durham’s current Dental Study clubs. A life-long member and supporter of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Richard enjoyed the relationships he formed within the Knights of Columbus and, and he served as Grand Knight with the group as well. Recent involvement with Immaculate Conception’s treasury-counting teams brought Richard pleasure as well.

Richard is survived by his wife, Sally Porter Citrini; his children, Susan Citrini Furr Shawn of Clayton, NC ; Christine Citrini Solomon Patrick of Marietta, GA ; Carol Citrini Schenkel Jeffrey of Oakton, VA ; Michael Porter Citrini of Raleigh, NC, three granddaughters, and six grandsons.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Durham. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Handicapped Encounter Christ HEC/2647 Broad Oaks Place/Raleigh, NC/27603. Share condolences at www.hallwynne.com. See Obituaries


Condolences for the family of “Richard Joseph Citrini”

Condolence from Glenna Maynus on November 6th, 2013 12:00 am

I’ve only known Richard for a year but always looked forward to seeing him and his smiling face. He gave me lots of tips about caring for my lawn and my teeth.

My thoughts are with the family as you move forward on this next journey of life.

Condolence from Dee Stevenson on November 6th, 2013 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Please accept my condolence.

Condolence from Steve Schmid on November 7th, 2013 12:00 am

Christine and I, as well as our boys, are so sadden to hear this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Dr. Robert Sugg on November 7th, 2013 12:00 am

Richard always gave excellent dental care and love to his patients and friends. We will miss him.

Condolence from Theresa Citrini Kyle on November 7th, 2013 12:00 am

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Richard’s family. He was truly a gentleman, considerate and caring. I regret I was not able to visit him on my last trip to Raleigh. May he rest in peace.
Theresa Citrini Kyle

Condolence from Kent Fletcher on November 7th, 2013 12:00 am

My sincere sympathy goes out to Dr. Citrini’s family and friends. May God comfort you during this difficult time of loss.

I first met “Doc”, as I called him, at the Wellness Institute where he and I regularly attended. We spent many hours in conversation solving the ills of the world; even as recently as September over lunch. “Doc” was a wonderful person and friend to many. He was a great listener and conversationalist and when given the change he would speak so lovingly and proudly of his family. I always enjoyed my time with “Doc” because he was so upbeat.

I like so many others will miss Dr. Citrini but I am so thankful that our paths crossed and I got to know him.

Condolence from Marilyn and Jack Flanary on November 7th, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Sally,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear about your great loss. Dick was such a wonderful sweet man and we will all miss seeing him. We pray for you and your family – that all your happy memories of the past will bring you a measure of peace and comfort now.

Condolence from W.J Leathers on November 8th, 2013 12:00 am

May God Bless you
your Herald Sun carrier
W.J Leathers

Condolence from W.J Leathers on November 8th, 2013 12:00 am

May God Bless you
your Herald Sun carrier
W.J Leathers

Condolence from Tamara Closs on November 8th, 2013 12:00 am

My deepest sympathy to Sally and the family. May God’s grace and peace comfort you.
Tammy Closs

Condolence from Lynne Bickers on November 8th, 2013 12:00 am

Praying for you and your family. You know you mean the world to me and that I’ll be here if you need me for anything. You are so special. Love you!

Condolence from Emma Smart on November 8th, 2013 12:00 am

Sally, Michael and girls,Our very best to a special family. Dick was such an out going neighbor and friend. May God give you the added strength you need to face the difficult days ahead. Fondly, Emma and Bob

Condolence from Tom Busch on November 9th, 2013 12:00 am

Dick was an absolutely wonderful man and will certainly be missed at Croasdaile. I’ll bet there will be a few extra birdies made in heaven this week! Our condolences to his family.
Tom and Marge Busch

Condolence from Robert Teer on November 11th, 2013 12:00 am

Sally and family, Susan and I send our most heart felt condolences. You and Dick were always gracious neighbors. In this time of sorrow know that as your friend, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Robb & Susan Teer

Condolence from Rev. Carol Denton Ayres on December 21st, 2013 12:00 am

My sincerest sympathy to his dear wife and family on this tremendous loss. May God bless you all.

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