Richard Smith

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  • "Nancy I was so aorry to hear of Dicks Passing he was a..."
    - LeaAnn Johnson
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    - Melodie Freshour
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    - Laura Husler
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    - Sharon Blum
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Smith, Richard A. "Dick"

The world lost another great piano player, artist, friend, consummate merchandiser, and a member of that exceptional group of people that earned the label "The Greatest Generation", with the recent peaceful passing of Dick Smith in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We celebrate his 91 years recognizing the special gifts he brought to the world. He was a father, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, lover of travel and great food, a skilled cook, a great storyteller, and a genuine and kind gentleman to those he knew and touched throughout his life. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, an outdoorsman who loved camping, fishing, hiking and anything that had to do with boating. He cherished and loved his family and adored his wife of more than 34 years, Nancy Freshour, who survives him. He is also survived by his children Marcia, Peyton, Gregory, and Jamie, as well as two step children, Melodie and Michele, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His youngest son, Bradley, preceded him in death.

One of Dick's greatest loves and accomplishments was bringing music to the world by playing jazz from his youth, being known as "The Piano Man" a passionate musician right to the end. Dick was fortunate to have spent a summer on tour with the Woody Herman Band, and often jammed with Zoot Sims. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II even helping to liberate two concentration camps. He was a lifelong blood donor to the American Red Cross and gave generously to wounded warrior and Veteran associations. In his final act of generosity he donated his body to the UNM Medical Center to be used for research & education.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages that any memorial gifts be designated to a Veterans' in Dick's honor.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 7, 2017