Richard Smith Sr.

Richard Wifred Smith Sr.

1944 - 2020

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Richard Wilfred (Dickey/Smitty) Smith, 76, of Mount Bethel, PA, passed away on December 26, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospital, Stroudsburg, PA.

Richard was born in Randolph, NJ to the late William R. and Vida K. (Moore) Smith on February 3, 1944.  He retired from the Randolph Department of Public Works after 36 years of faithful service in 2000.  Smitty received awards for developing a grading plate for the backhoe which produced a smoother and wider grade which increased productivity three fold.  He was a forward thinker, always thinking of efficiency and safety in all aspects of his job and mentored others to do as well.  He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman.  He was known for his witty sense of humor, loyalty to his family and friends, clock watching abilities, and crazy dancing skills.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Julia Mary Nugent along with four children; Julia and Gary Ghezzi of Denville, NJ, Richard and Anja Smith of Hudsonville, MI, Catherine Smith of Mount Bethel, PA and Peggy and Stephen Borzeka of Woodbury, MN; Seven Grandchildren Emma Ghezzi, Julie-Ann Horjus, Cindy Smith, Richard Smith, Rebecca Lewis, Chrysanthe Julia Borzeka and John Borzeka; Six Great Grandchildren Judah Horjus, Mariel Smith, Adriel Lewis, David Lewis, Levi Lewis, and Zion Lewis; two siblings Larry Smith of Dunnellon, FL and Joyce Doll of Mount Bethel, PA and many loving nieces, nephews relatives and friends.

Richard was predeceased by his siblings Mildred Lyn, William Smith and Karen Smith.

A private visitation will be held at Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 State Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ (  Interment will follow this spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Randolph, NJ.

A Memorial Service may be planned later in 20210.

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