Thomas Knapp “Tony” Creal III
Thomas Knapp “Tony” Creal III, 81, of Warren died on Jan. 13, 2021, at St. Vincent’s hospital in Erie from complications due to COVID-19. He was born in Jamestown, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 1939, the eldest son of Thomas Knapp “Tim” Creal II and Rosalia Bailey Creal of Warren.
After graduating from Deerfield Academy, he at-tended Dartmouth College, then transferred to Syracuse University where he ob-tained Bachelor degrees in both Architecture and Fi-nance. In 1964, he joined the firm of Skidmore, Ow-ings and Merrill in New York City where he was the youngest junior partner in the firm’s history. In 1969, he returned to Warren to continue practicing archi-tecture. Over the course of 35 years, his firm complet-ed hundreds of projects, employed dozens of people in Warren, and developed a national architectural prac-tice. He designed signifi-cant buildings for Blair Corporation, Northwest Bank, United Refining, Betts Industries, and the narthex at Trinity Memorial Church. Beginning in 1990, he undertook a series of historic building renova-tions across the country, becoming a specialist in the field. He also designed over 7,000 low-income and elderly housing units, win-ning the 1991 state director’s award for Best Housing Project in Pennsyl-vania.
He served on the Warren Borough Planning Com-mission, the Board of the American Cancer Society, and the Vestry of Trinity Memorial Church. He was a longtime member of the Conewango Valley County Club and a lifelong member of the Conewango Club. For 29 years, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Northwest Bank.
Perhaps his greatest lega-cy, however, was the love and confidence he instilled in his children, by giving them unconditional support, encouraging them to look at the big picture, and to work hard to achieve their dreams. He was gentle, wise, fun-loving, and in-spired his children and their friends to embrace life ful-ly.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Christopher Bailey Creal. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne Lewis Creal, and his children: Hope (Reese) Campbell of Meadville, Pennsylvania; Sarah Creal (Jean-Louis Monnier) of New York, New York; Thomas Knapp “T.K.” (Erin) Creal IV of Warren; Rebecca (Scott) Pohlenz of Tulsa, Oklaho-ma; Carter (Jodi) Frantz of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania; a brother Mark (Barbara) Creal of Reading, Pennsyl-vania; a sister Cynthia Creal (Peggy Winter) of Sarasota, Florida, eleven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Paws Along the River, Warren, Pennsylvania or the WCCBI Frontline Assis-tance Fund at WCCBI.org to assist those who are sac-rificing their safety for ours. The Peterson-Blick Funeral Home has been en-trusted with arrangements.