Richard Smith

April 7, 1944 - February 18, 2013


Age 68, of South Main Street, Castile, died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 18, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

He was born April 7, 1944 in Portageville, NY, son of the late Edward and Jean Norris Smith. Dick was a proud veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam War. He was employed for 35 years at Morton Salt Company in Silver Springs. He was a load inspector prior to his retirement in 2006. Dick also drove truck for Table Rock Farms in Castile.

Dick was a member and past commander of the Wallace-Jeffers American Legion Post in Castile and he was a past Wyoming County commander for the American Legion. He served as Sergeant at Arms for the 8th District American Legion and had served as personal aid for the New York State Commander. He was a life member of the Perry Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Wyoming County Veterans Club in Warsaw and the Perry Veterans Club. Dick was also a member and past Master of the Oakland Lodge #379 Free & Accepted Masons where he currently served as secretary. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Pike and the Castile United Church of Christ. Dick enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, bowling and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Roberta Shoup Smith whom he married on September 20, 1968; his daughter, Donna (Alan) Diver of Castile; his son, Kenneth (Mary) Smith of LeRoy; his grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, Logan and Rachel; his sisters, Marjorie (Bill) O’Grady of Conway, SC, Judith Armstrong of Huntsville, AL; several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Kenneth Smith.

Friends may call Friday 2 – 8 PM at Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St., Castile. A Veterans service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 8 PM followed by a Masonic service. Dick’s funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Grace Cemetery, Castile at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642.

Important Dates

February 22, 2013 : Calling Hours for Richard Smith - 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM

February 23, 2013 : Funeral Service for Richard Smith - 4:00 PM

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Apr 7.13 from Sue & Frank Cummins:
Kay & family...We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Kay & I worked together at Champion and ditto for Frank & Dick at Morton Salt. Before Frank retired last June he'd see Dick at Arrowmart mornings & chat. Kay..I still think of the stories you'd tell me of Dick & your dog "Buddy". Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

Feb 28.13 from Doug & Wendy:
What a great honor to have worked,played,camped,drank,helped,and most of all knew Dick.Times will be different without him.Prayers go out to the entire family,

Feb 23.13 from Jean (Lowden) Sullivan:
Many years ago the Veterans used to stop at our house for a beer after the Memorial Day parade with Stewart; he thought that was so much fun and looked forward to it yearly. All who know Dick appreciated the service to our country and dedication to his family. I am sorry for your loss even though he will always been in your hearts with all the great memories your shared. Love to all of you, Jeannie

Feb 23.13 from gary mead:
Sorry to hear about Dick. We had some good times in years past.

I know from experience that time will have a healing of your sadness.

Feb 22.13 from crystal howe:
sorry for your loss dick will be missed greatly

Feb 22.13 from Sam Garbo:
A friend forever, I'll miss you Dick. You will not be forgotten.

Feb 21.13 from Tom & Bonnie Madison:
Some day Dick ,you and I will be marching together again in the big BX in the sky.

Feb 21.13 from Frank and Linda Hollister:
We are so sorry for Dick's passing. Dick was always a great guy to be around especially with the American Legion. He did alot during the years and we have some great memories. HE will certainly be missed. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. Love, Frank and Linda

Feb 21.13 from Laurie Meegan Payne:
Kay, Donna & Kenny - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I was saddened to hear of the loss of Dick. You were all a huge part of my "growing up" years and I hold those memories close to my heart. May you find comfort in the love that you shared.

Feb 21.13 from leanne lathrop:
Ken and Mary Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you all close in thought and prayers. love you.

Feb 20.13 from Harold&Diane Herman:
Thinking of you all through these difficult time,our thoughts&prayers; are with you.

Feb 20.13 from Judd&Joan Snyder:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

Feb 20.13 from Dennis and Deb Krawczyk:
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Dennis and Deb

Feb 20.13 from Sharon Allen Beardsley:
Kay, Donna, Kenny and families. I was so saddened to hear of Dick's passing. I didn't know he was ill. Our paths haven't crossed in many years but I will never forget what wonderful neighbors you were to David and I when we lived next door. Some memories last a life time and I am proud to have all of you as some of mine. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I am sure he will be with you for many years to come, looking after all of you like always. When you think you just tripped on nothing - it might just be him. grin God bless you all. If there is ever anyhthing I can do for you, Donna knows how to reach me. Love to all, Sharon

Feb 20.13 from Warren And Corinne Weaver:
Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.

Feb 20.13 from Melissa Roggow Hendrickson:
Kay and family - I was so sorry to hear of your loss, even thou I didn't know dick that well, I did know and worked with Kay for many years and got to hear things about him from her. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Feb 20.13 from Paul and Abbey Scott:
Dick made us smile and like to tease Paul. He was proud of his service to his Country and worked in his Legion Post. He will always be remembered as one of the great Castile guys.

Feb 20.13 from dennis rowe:
Dick was a great man..he all ways has a smile on his face and all ways had something to say that would cheer you up..God looked around his garden and found an empty place.
Then He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you, and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would not Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb,
So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you. But you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you, Today, God called you home.
god bless

Feb 20.13 from Sharon & Barry True:
Dear Kay and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Kay always talking about Dick when we worked together at Champion. She always had a smile on her face. You could tell just to watch him march in the parades how a proud man he was and he will be missed by many. You will find strength in the love that he gave all of you and will always be with you in your hearts. Celebrate his life and you will smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Feb 20.13 from Judy and Sam Schillaci:
Bobbie, so so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family

Feb 20.13 from Debbie Chadderdon:
My prayers are with the family, I never got to know any of them. I'm Roy Smiths daughter.

Feb 20.13 from Jane and Roger Stephens:
Dear Kay and Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy and asset to the community. May he be at peace.

Feb 20.13 from William Smith:
Billy and I are so sad to hear of Dick's passing. We are keeping youall in our prayers.