Richard A. Smith, 72, a Retired Fire Captain, on April 30, 2021, after a long period of declining health, passed away peacefully at his home in Yarmouthport with his loving wife by his side. He is survived by his wife Pamela Avila, his stepdaughter Rachel (Liam) Rowland,and his precious granddaughter Nova Rowland, who lovingly called him "Rumple". Richard was born and raised in Taunton, the son of the late Clarence and Rita Smith. He was the beloved brother of Joanne Green, Robert (Joan) Smith, Nancy (Ronald) Gonsalves, Paul (Mary) Smith, and Dennis (Lori) Smith. He leaves many nieces, nephews,great-nieces, and great-nephews, as well as several cousins, including Tommy O'Connor with whom he was especially close. A 1966 graduate of Taunton High School, Richard served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam era. He went on to serve the city of Taunton as a firefighter, rising to the rank of captain. He retired in 2003 after an exemplary 30 year career. One of Richard's favorite things was hosting a large family reunion each August at his Yarmouthport home overlooking Bass River.Another cherished activity was going to lunch each month with his five brothers and sisters, a tradition which dated back more than ten years. Generous, loyal, and hardworking, Richard was a successful businessman. He was a respected leader on the Taunton Fire Department. He enjoyed having a good time, but also had a keen intellect and took an interest in learning about a wide variety of subjects. He was an avid reader. A principled man, Richard had the courage of his convictions and always stood up for what he believed was right. Out of respect for Richard's wishes there will be no wake or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please consider doing an act of kindness in Richard's memory.
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Published by Taunton Gazette on May 3, 2021.