DUXBURY - Richard Stanley Smith, 68, passed away in the comfort of his family and friends at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington Wednesday evening, Oct. 3, 2012. Born in Burlington on Sept. 18, 1944, he was the son of the late Walter and Pauline (Guyette) Smith. Dick married Linda Chadwick, his wife and partner for the past 31 years.
Dick attended Waterbury schools and then served with the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. Returning from the service, Dick was employed by Vermont Heating and Ventilating for over 20 years as a welder, sheet metal fabricator and truck driver. A skilled finish carpenter, Dick went out on his own as an independent subcontractor working in the greater central Vermont area, retiring in 2006.
An avid hunter and longtime member of the National Rifle Association, Dick also was well known for his custom-made knives and hatchets. His family fondly remembers Dick for his love of his wife, children and grandchildren and the wonderful memories made at their camp in Canaan, his home away from home.
Dick is survived by his wife, Linda Chadwick, of Duxbury; his children, Scott S. Smith and his wife, Stacey, of Burlington, and Michael J. Chadwick-Smith, of Duxbury; two grandsons, Devin Smith and Noah Smith; a granddaughter, Sage Smith; a sister, Linda Smith, of Wilder; two brothers, Steven Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Raymond Stone, of Wilder; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 (www.cvhhh.org
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