Richard Buttitta

Born: Tue., Sep. 17, 1940
Died: Sat., Oct. 24, 2009

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Anthony Richard “Rick” Buttitta, age 69, of Greensboro, Georgia died Saturday, October 24, 2009. Born in New York City, NY on September 17, 1940, he was the son of the late Cecelia Malloy Buttitta and Dr. Richard Ignatius Buttitta. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and went to the Citadel for two years. A graduate of the University of Miami in 1963, Rick held various positions in business; from sales representative to corporate executive vice president. Rick had over forty years of experience including marketing, sales, negotiating, and management. While at Transamerica Leasing, he twice received the “President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement” and in 1994 was the “Employee of the Year”. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Real Estate School. Rick had a unique understanding of how to market your home and secure the best deal possible. He held the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation, Certified New Homes Specialist Designation, and was a past director of the Lake Country Board of Realtors. He most recently was employed at Sycamore Oconee Real Estate in Eatonton. Rick earned trust and loyalty in all real estate transactions and was known for his hard work and dedication to his job. He was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Greensboro, Council 13808, Pope John Paul II, where he was a fourth degree knight. He also enjoyed tinkering with old cars and was a member of Georgia Classic Cruisers. Rick resided in the Lake Oconee area since December of 1998 at Reynolds Plantation with his wife Debra Houle “Debbie” Buttitta and two dedicated furry friends named Einstein & T-Rex. He is also survived by three daughters, Kaleen Edwards and husband Joseph of Dover, NH, Lisa Ann Buttitta of Tucson, AZ and Shannon Caruso and husband Phill of Lemont, IL; grandchildren, Meghan Edwards, Kathryn Edwards, Amelia Caruso, and Aden Caruso; brothers-in-law, Fred Houle of Greensboro, GA and John Palmer of Concord, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, O’Maureen Palmer. A Funeral Mass will be held at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, GA 30642 on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Father G. Philip Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA 30642. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night at McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 175 Ammond Drive Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03103 or Knights of Columbus Council 13808, Pope John Paul II, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Georgia 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Dave and Diane Conger
   Posted Mon October 26, 2009
Rick was always a pleasure to work with in our real estate dealings. He was a good, kind person who was willing to help everyone. He will be missed. Dave and Diane

Sue Fields
   Posted Mon October 26, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dick was comforting to me when my husband was sick. He came to our home several times to bring him Holy Communion. I am sure he is now resting at the side of Our Lord. Peace to all your family.

jane Cobb
   Posted Mon October 26, 2009
Our deepest sympathy, Jane and Howell Cobb

Bucky Reed
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
With fondest memories at Transamerica.

Ann Del Fiacco
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Shannon, We are all thinking about you and your family and are praying to give you strength at this time. Ann

Brian and Breanna Hale
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Aunt Debbie, we were saddened to hear about Uncle Ricky. Rick, you, and your family have always been kind to us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick and Esther Palmer
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
We are truly saddened by the passing of Uncle Rick. We will miss the car conversations and the stories of the past. Uncle Rick will always be with us in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Ricks with my mom now and we are sure they are having fun.

Cecelia & Billy Smith
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Dear Debbie, We were saddened to hear of Rick's death. He and you have been such wonderful examples of our Church through your ministries. Please accept our prayers and thoughts during this time of berevement. Sincerely, Cecelia and Billy Smith

cheryl and mike wooten
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Klemp
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Dear Debbie and family, I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. I worked with Rick at Transamerica in Chicago for a number of years. He was a great guy and heard many of his great stories. I'm sure he will be missed. Bob

Paul and Lynne McGill
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Rick was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Linda and Drew Sutton and Family
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
We are so very sad to hear of the passing of Rick. We have many fond memories of spending time with you and your family at Amelia's Point. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You!

Cheri Jones-Perkin
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Shannon, Know we're praying for you and your family! Today you will shed tears, but 'tomorrow' the memories of your Dad will bring you joy and make you laugh out loud! We love you, Cheri

liz Grizzard
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Dear Debbie and Family..We are shocked and saddened at the news of Rick's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Liz and Claude Grizzard

Jennifer Ferrara
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please except my condolences. Your family is in my prayers.

Randy Leggee
   Posted Tue October 27, 2009
Shannon, I was so sorry to hear about your father. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Alison Frantz
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
Shannon, My deepest sympathy for you and your family. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts. Alison

Laura Kenney
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
Shannon, I am so sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do during this difficult time.

Steve and Jan Smith
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
We are saddened by this huge loss of a wonderful man. We both knew and worked with Rick during his TAL days. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences to The Buttitta family, you are in our prayers.

Marie Leonard
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
Dear Debbie & Family - I was so sorry to hear about Rick. I have many happy memories of working with him at Transamerica and he will be truly missed.

Tammy Bright
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
We have all lost a good man but GOD has gained one.

Charles & Kelley Middleton
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
We are so sorry to hear about Rick. We did not know him well, but well enough to know what a good person he was. He will be terribly missed in our community

Rhonda Webb
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that the Lord is with you and your family during this time and that you a blessed with many friends that are praying for you. This is not the end but the Beginning of his new life.

Lois and Gene Rotruck
   Posted Wed October 28, 2009
Dear Debbie and Family, We were so shocked to hear of Rick's untimely death. We will miss his cheery greetings and wit. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love...¢¾¢¾ Lois & Gene

mike winchester
   Posted Thu October 29, 2009
Dear Debbie and Family Sorry to hear of the loss of Rick. My sympathy and prayers are with you. He was always a good friend and help during my days at Transamerica and a help at all the IANA functions regards Mike Winchester

Melissa Kelly
   Posted Thu October 29, 2009
What a great man. I am saddened to see this news. I enjoyed working with Rick while we were at Lake Oconee. He was always so positive and such a team player. His smiling face will be missed. You family is in our thoughts and prayers. Melissa Kelly

Teresa Martin
   Posted Thu October 29, 2009
I was a fellow Realtor with Rick at Sycamore Oconee Real Estate where we are all family. Rick will be missed by all his friends in our office. He was a bright and happy spirit that can never be replaced. My you find peace in knowing that he is in a wonderful place now and we will all see him again one day.

Crystal Brown
   Posted Thu October 29, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family.

Dave Walkup
   Posted Thu October 29, 2009
Debbie and family, I am deeply saddened by Rick's passing. He was a great "sole" and a wonderful friend. My blessings to you all. You will be in our thoughts AND prayers! Warmest regards, Dave Walkup

Sarah Margolskee
   Posted Mon November 02, 2009
Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sarah