Richard W. Smith
June 21, 1923 - September 2, 2013
Resident of Hayward
Our wonderful father Richard passed on September 2, from complications caused by congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
He was the only child of Joseph and Gertrude (Dahl) Smith. He grew up in Oakland, CA and graduated from Fremont High School in 1941. He had an idyllic childhood and loved to play with friends and his dog Mickey along a creek that ran near his house. At this time a love of nature and the outdoors was instilled in him.
He was drafted into the Army during WWII
like other brave young men of his generation. He served in the Military Police and rode his Harley Davidson on the city streets and country roads of Belgium, England, France & Germany.
After the war was over, he began his apprenticeship as a pattern maker. It was during this time that he met the woman who would become his beloved wife, Margaret (Peggy) Harding. They married in 1950 and raised a family that would grow to include 4 children -David, Diane, Kathleen, & Vernon. He worked for many years at United Centrifugal Pumps in San Jose. In the 1970's, he made the wooden mold for the large pump in the Alaskan pipeline.
Retiring in 1985, he used his wood working skills and became a wood carver. He made lovely sculptures that included animals, birds, people, flowers etc. He also loved his garden and enjoyed the squirrels, butterflies and birds that would come to visit. Well Dad, you can fly with the birds now!
In the later years, he would do the Jumble Puzzle printed daily in the newspaper and play solitaire on his iPod, given to him by his daughter, Diane. He got so wrapped up in the game that he referred to the device as the "Devil's Machine."
Family always came first for our Dad and he loved us dearly. We could always go to him for loving advice and encouragement. He was a caring man who saw only the good in people. We love you Dad, we will try to live the rest of our lives by the example you set. We are so proud of you and will miss you terribly, but know some day we will be together again. Onto your journey Dad, but please look back as Mom is blowing you a kiss!
Besides his wife and children, he leaves behind 2 daughters-in-law, Sylvia & Jeanne, 5 grandchildren - Amy (Buck), Jeff, Brian, Jill (Sergio), Sam & 3 great-grandchildren - Abby, Grace, Luke plus another on the way. Graveside Services will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, Friday, September 13th, 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions to Richard's favorite charities, Salvation Army or Disabled American Veterans, are encouraged.
Holy Angels Sorensen Chapel
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