Richard W. Smith, 61, Massena
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 5:19 pm

MASSENA -- Richard W. Smith, age 61, passed away after a courageous fight with brain cancer early Sunday morning, October 8, 2017, at Massena Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Friends and family are welcome to call at the Phillips Memorial Home Tuesday October 10, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Mark Reilly presiding.

Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Massena.

Richard was born to the late Kenneth and Pauline (Fregoe) Smith on May 10, 1956, in Massena. He was a graduate of Massena Central and began work after graduation at Alcoa. He retired after 33 years of service from the P/T Lab.

Richard was married to Joyce Simpson at their home on December 31, 1999.

Richard enjoyed traveling and wintering in Cocoa Beach, FL, where they enjoyed spending time with their many good friends. He would also be found spending time in Martha's Vineyard, MA.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; his brothers in-law, Harold and Jane Simpson, of Bloomington, IN, David and Sandy Simpson, Thomas and Joan Simpson, and Raymond and Christi Simpson; and a sister in-law Sharon and Ralph Cash all of Massena. Also surviving Richard are cousins Roxanne and Ed Roberts, Albert and Yvonne Nicola, Joel and Maryanne Nicola Jess and Eugene Sharpe and Diane Nicola. Along with several nieces and nephews.

Richard was a member of The Massena B.P.O.E Lodge # 1702, and the Alcoa 25 year Club.

Memorial contribution may be shared with St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care; 6805 US-11, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Massena Human Society; 177 S. Racquette Rd, Massena, NY 13662.

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