Dick Smith
Dick Smith
Dick Smith
Dick Smith

Obituary of Dick Smith

Richard “Dick” Smith was a man of many grand achievements and responsibility. Born and raised in Hamburg, NY, Dick always found a way to give back to his community or instill himself into the town’s history. After graduating from Hutch Tech High School, he worked for 13 years at Bethlehem Steel. Dick then entertained and kept the community well fed for 20 years as the owner of Firehouse & Hitching Post Restaurants. Dick also worked to better his community with positions as an elected official. Serving as a Town of Hamburg Councilman for 6 years, Dick was the originator of the Hamburg Dispatch Office, authorized resident notification of rezoning applications, created the 4-digit home numbering system, and redesigned fire district boundaries. Dick also served as Town Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Hamburg for 22 years. During those 22 years, he updated all equipment and became the first superintendent to lease equipment, centralized the Highway Department at the Lake View Site, started recycling of road materials, created the town wide brush and rubbish collections, created the preventive maintenance program for highway equipment, and constructed the largest town bridge in in Erie County on South Creek Rd. Dick also served as President of the Erie County Highway association which created the Erie County inter-municipal highway agreement, started bid process for the County and State, and helped create the CHIPS highway program in NYS. However, Dick’s greatest honor as an elected official was serving as a NYS Assemblyman for 146th District of South Erie County for 8 years. Dick was also involved in countless clubs and civic organizations throughout his life. His involvement with Volunteer Fire Departments was vast including over 50 years with the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company, the Big Tree Exempts Associations, the Lakeshore Fire Company, as well as honorary memberships with the Woodlawn Fire Company and the Newton Abbott Fire Company. His involvement with the various fire companies led to him receiving the Golden Trumpet Award from the Firemen’s Association of New York for exceptional support and assistance to volunteer firefighting. Dick also was a member of various organizations to better his community and deepen his bond such as the Hamburg Moose Club Post 892, Amvets Sons Post 897, one of the founding members of the South Towns Walleye Association, USCG as a Charter Captain, SOAR for retired steelworkers, the NRA, and SCOPE. Dick was also heavily involved with his faith as an Elder at the Wayside Presbyterian Church and through his involvement with several Masonic organizations such as the Western Star Lodge # 1185, and the Ismailia Shriners. Dick’s impact on his community was vast and celebrated by naming the Buffalo State Research Building and the Excalibur Physically Handicapped Boat in his honor. Smith, Richard A. June 21, 2020 of Hamburg NY. Cherished father of Beth, Cheryl, Richard (Debbie), Daren; loving grandfather of eleven; great-grandfather of four; dear brother of Judy Krautsack, Donna (Charles) Haffner and the late Jane Phillips. Visitation will be held at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg NY on Wednesday June 24th from 4 – 8 PM. Funeral services will be private at the request of the family.You are welcome to visit with the family and if you experience delays in doing so, we ask for your patience. Current public health restrictions limit the number of individuals within the Funeral Home at the same time. Face masks and maintaining social distancing are required. Dick was a Hamburg Councilman, Hamburg Highway Superintendent, NYS Assemblyman 146th District, past president of the Southtown’s Walleye Association and lifetime member of Big Tree Volunteer Fire Department. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dick’s memory to Excalibur Leisure Skills Buffalo, NY or Wayside Presbyterian Church, Hamburg NY. Please leave online condolences at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.
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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
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