Richard A. Smith, 77

February 16, 2011
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SEPT. 9, 1933-FEB. 15, 2011

Richard Alexander Smith, 77, of 2330 Cedar Road, York, Pa., passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his home.

Born Saturday, Sept. 9, 1933, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Joseph Preston Smith and the late Olive Elizabeth Marks Smith.

He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and later employed with the Washington County Hospital, Vogel Ritt and the Hagerstown Fire Department as relief driver and inspector from 1959 to 1962. He was a driver at the Pioneer Hook and Ladder from 1962 to 1970, Lt.  arson investigation from 1970 to 1973, deputy chief of training and field operations from 1973 to 1975 and lastly was chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department from 1976 to 1986.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, past member of the vestry, choir, fabric and grounds, outreach and van driver and chalist and a past member of American Red Cross.

Dick helped to form Community Rescue Service and participated in the first run. He also volunteered and umpired at local Little Leagues, especially at Staley Field. He was a charter member of Local 1605 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, where he also served as past president.

He was a life member of the Eastern Division and IAFF, Pioneer Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 and the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Irene Smith; one daughter, Karen A. Platek and husband, Mark, of York; one son, Eric Todd Smith of Dover, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Eileen Eyler and Doris Eichelberger, and a brother, Clarence William Smith.

Services will be held Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Ann Boyd officiating.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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