Richard Henry Smith, 71, beloved husband of 45 years to Patricia Kowalski Smith, passed away on January 23, 2009 after a short illness. He was born in Meriden on May 30, 1937 to the late Hazen and Mildred Oefinger Smith. Richard was a life long resident of Meriden. He was employed by Stanley- Judd in Wallingford for 31 years before working at the Masonic home for 20 years. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and UCONN girls basketball fan and proud of his time spent as a Paratrooper in the US Army. Richard took great pride in not only his children, but his grandchildren. He loved being a part of their every day activities, especially their sporting events. He was an amazing family man and friend whose door was always open to anyone at anytime. Besides his loving wife, Richard is survived by his three daughters, Robin Nohelty and her husband Mark, Wendy Smith and Tracy Smith all of Meriden; sister and best friend Kay Bouza and her husband Tom of Wallingford; ten grandchildren, twins Richard Neils and James Neils and his fiance Amber Fisher, Mark Nohelty, Michael and Craig Jalbert, Felica Smith, Handy Ellison, Ryan, Justin and Christian Holman, and great granddaughter, Kayla Neils; Aunt and Uncle Charles and Wanda Moyles of Wallingford, special family friends, Joan and Harry Bolden, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Steven Neils and niece Cheryl Bouza. A Funeral Service will be at the Beecher & Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, on Wednesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial with be private.

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  1. Dear Pat…. Our hearts ache for you sweetie. Raid, Moe and I are so very sorry that Dickie has passed. We wished that we were able to be with you but please know that I am there with you in spirit. Dickie might not have been very vocal but he was a man who loved his ‘Girls’ as he always told me and everyone. You were also one of his ‘Girls’ Pat;) Please call me if there is anything we can do. Our hearts are breaking for you all. May God bless you and wrap you in His arms and carry you thru this difficult time. We love you .Uncle. Pat!

  2. Dear Patty&Family, Our Heartfelt Condolences to all of you. Dick was a very caring kind,and hard working fellow. He was always nice to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All our love, Patty,Juan & Family

  3. Dear Robin, Wendy & Tracy… We are so very sorry for the passing of your dear dad. I wish I were there to give you each a hug… Your dad, for all the years I knew him, he would always talk about you Girls and how much he loved you all. You all gave him the best gift ever with the grandbabies!!! I am sure he was reborn with each bundle that he got to change;) I walked in on such a scene *smile* Know that God is with you, carrying you right now. Let Him… it’s hard when you lose your dad, I know *hugs* If you ‘Girls’ need me please never hesitate to call. XOXOXOX

  4. Dear Wanda, Charles, Kay & Tom My heart goes out to you and the family on this sad occasion. You are all in my prayers. I remember all the fun times we had in Pat and Dick’s yard with all the kids and food! Great memories with some great folks. God bless always!

  5. Hi Patty Sorry to hear of Dickie’s passing. Its been a long time.How are you? Well I wanted to say something.I Just found out today (1-28-09) Best to all.You have my email Dan Jackson

  6. Pat and Kay, We were so sorry to read about Dick’s passing. He was a real ball of fire and a sweet guy. I’ll always remember him as a youngster and on Pleasant St. Our thoughts are with you and your families…………

  7. Tracy, I am so sorry about your loss. I know you were so close to your father. May he rest in peace. Love you, Shirley

  8. Wendy, Tracy, & Robin, I am so sorry for your loss of dad. I was in shock when i saw that he had passed. Didn’t realize it would be so soon after talking with wendy after jeff’s. I have you as well as your family in my prayers With Love, Shannon

  9. Dear Pat…. Our hearts ache for you sweetie. Raid, Moe and I are so very sorry that Dickie has passed. We wished that we were able to be with you but please know that I am there with you in spirit. Dickie might not have been very vocal but he was a man who loved his ‘Girls’ as he always told me and everyone. You were also one of his ‘Girls’ Pat;) Please call me if there is anything we can do. Our hearts are breaking for you all. May God bless you and wrap you in His arms and carry you thru this difficult time. We love you .Uncle. Pat!

  10. Hi Patty Sorry to hear of Dickie’s passing. Its been a long time.How are you? Well I wanted to say something.I Just found out today (1-28-09) Best to all.You have my email Dan Jackson

  11. Tracy, I am so sorry about your loss. I know you were so close to your father. May he rest in peace. Love you, Shirley

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