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Richard A. Smith, 71, a retired core maker and Medina resident, died Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Medina and attended St. Mary's School and Medina High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in Japan and Korea.

Smith was employed as a core maker for Brake Shoe Co. in Medina and Dussault's Foundry in Lockport until its closing in 1994.

He was a member of Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship and played the drums for various groups, including the American Legion Drum Corps, Shelby Fire Company Drum Corps and a gospel group, the Gospel Aires.

His wife, Ethel L. Weber Smith, died in 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Richard W. of Albion and Leonard A. of North Tonawanda; three grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Road. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby.


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