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Hamilton – Richard (Dickie) J. Small, 66 of Hamilton passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Hamilton Continuing Care in Hamilton. Born in Trenton to the late John H. and Mary Lou (Horan) Small, Richard lived in the Hamilton area his entire life. He graduated from St. Anthony’s High School class of 72’. He attended Mount St. Mary’s College and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from Trenton State College. During his career he worked at Mercer Hospital in Trenton and Boehringer-Ingelheim as an accomplished pharmaceutical representative where he retired. After retirement he worked for a few years with the Hamilton Township Department of Public Works. Since the age of 7 he was actively involved in sports. Richard began playing organized sports for the Tiny League, Hamilton Little Lads, and later played in the Hamilton Babe Ruth League where he earned All Star Honors in all three leagues. He attended St. Anthony’s High School and excelled in baseball where he was a member of the St. Anthony High School Parochial A State Championship Baseball Team (1972) and earned All County honors in Cross Country. During the summers in the 1970’s he played for American Legion baseball for Broad St Park Post 313 and was named to the team of the Decade at first base… Richard’s passion for playing sports continued at Division 1 Mount St. Mary’s College where he was a Northeast Conference Selection in baseball and soccer for two years. He became well known around Mercer County for his affiliation and love of sports. After college he became an active player in recreation softball. He was a lead-off hitter with a great swing and a superior outfielder known for his great speed. He played with some of the top teams in the area. In 2006 he was inducted into the Trenton Softball Hall of Fame. Richard also gained a lot of notoriety in flag football where he was a team member of Jo-Jo’s Tavern. He was also the head referee at 8 flag football state finals and the head official of the Central Jersey Flag Football League for 10 years. He also has officiated high school soccer, baseball, and basketball for 15 years. A college baseball umpire and was selected as Major League replacement umpire during the Roberto Alomar spitting incident in the 1990’s. His favorite teams were the New York Giants and New York Yankees. Richard was a proud “Dad” and loving “Pop-Pop” and best friend to his dog Riley. Richard is survived by his twin daughters, Lauren and her fiancé Julian Diaz of Bordentown, Jennifer and her husband Rob Lord of Hamilton, his granddaughter Lauren Maria of Hamilton, his sister Jill Moyer and husband Jeff of Hamilton, Nephew Ian Z. Moyer and his fiancée Sabrina Distad of Naples Florida. Uncle- Robert (Bob) Horan of Hamilton, Aunt- Nancy Horan of Ewing. Many cousins and friends including his first friend and neighbor Rick Dell. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Murphy Funeral home 1863 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton. At 10:30 a.m. a funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church of the St. Raphael – Holy Angels Parish 3500 S. Broad St. (Corner of S. Broad and Gropp Avenue). Hamilton, NJ. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane, Hamilton, NJ 08610. Richard’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be sent to the attention of Donielle Killian-Giora at the Hamilton Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 2100 Sylvan Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08610.

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Published in The Trentonian from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
My name is Jim McGovern and Rich and I were friends since high school. We were in some classes together but spent countless hours training and playing baseball for St.Anthony's HS. However, that sports stuff although fun and games is not as important as family . Rich often spent much of our time together speaking about his love of his twins. Rich always was telling me about how well they were doing in their education and in their athletic endeavors . He umpired ball games and soccer matches of my twin boys and he always mentioned his wonderful and talented twin girls. My last conversation with him was a couple of years ago and I was deeply moved by his insight and warmth. He was certainly an athlete , a good team player. But he was a better man . We will all miss him . May he rest in peace . I am sorry for your loss. The McGovern Family (Jim,Cindy,Ryan and Sean)
Jim McGovern
Friend
April 12, 2021
To Rich's family - I offer my deepest sympathies at your time of loss. I pray Jesus will guard your hearts and minds as you grieve and bring you His Peace. I remember Rich as being a very friendly and funny guy.
Ginny Boyer Petrino
Friend
April 11, 2021
My condolences to the family of Richard.
Robert Sherman
April 10, 2021
I was sad to hear of Rich’s passing. Sincere condolences to all family and friends. We spent time together in the late 60s and early 70s on and off the baseball field. In reading his accomplishments over his lifetime, it warms the heart to see a life well-lived. I dug out some old photos that has generated some nice memories – I include the Babe Ruth Hamilton Nationals picture. I am the player to Rich’s right. Rest in Peace old friend.
Jim Helhowski
Jim Helhowski
Friend
April 10, 2021
Jim Helhowski
Friend
April 10, 2021
Lauren I am very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. May God Bless all of you during this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Nancy Kazior
Nancy Kazior
Coworker
April 9, 2021
RIP brother. To Dick’s family and friends, may the Lord be with you. Dick was more than a friend to me he was an inspiration. I’ll always remember the times we had.
Pete fiabane
Friend
April 9, 2021
To Dick’s family... may our Gob bless you all at this sad time... he’s now with our Lord... RIP buddy
Sal Mastropaolo
Friend
April 9, 2021
My condolences to the family of Dicky Small. A great athlete and friend, and my TSHOF brother. I played sports with and against Dicky since 1970s. was a true friend who always had time to talk. I will miss him.
Sam Holzhammer
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