HAMPDEN - Richard Leigh Smith, 82, resident of Hampden, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, a Bangor hospital, following a brief illness.
Mr. Smith was a native of Newburgh, Maine and was the son of the late Dale and Avis Patten Smith. Richard attended and graduated from the Hampden Academy, Hampden. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict. Richard worked for many years with Coles Transportation as a truck driver and instructor until retiring in 1990. He was married to his wife of 40 years, Mary Parent Smith who passed away in 1998.
Richard was a member and past Master of the Mystic Lodge #65 AF & AM, Hampden and was a member of the Anah Temple Horse Patrol. He was a volunteer with Coles Transportation Museum. After retiring, Richard and Mary enjoyed more than 25 years of camping at the Whispering Pines Campground in Orland, where they made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed fishing with his friends and family. Dick has many fond memories of The Girls from R & K Variety Store in Hampden.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 43 years; and his sister, Alta Marie Goodie. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David Leigh and Julianna B. Smith of Hampden; his daughter and son-in-law, Debra Jean and Donald M. Sleight of Hampden; brother, Chelsey W. and his wife, Shirley Smith, of Bradley; brother, Dana L. and his wife, Judy Smith, of Sanford; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Kathy Smith of Bradley.
Family and friends are invited to gather together 2-4 and 6:30 - 8 PM Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. A Masonic Memorial service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 6 PM. Private family service will follow on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. His family requested that memorial contributions be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.