Richard C. Smith, who owned and operated the Smith Hardware and Appliances store in Eden for nearly 40 years, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
A lifelong resident of Eden, he was a 1955 graduate of Eden High School and attended Canisius College.
After serving for two years in the National Guard, he returned to help run the family hardware store. He bought the store from his father in 1963, continuing to provide plumbing and heating service for a few years. He sold the store to his son-in-law, Paul Shephard, in 2001 but continued to work there part-time until last summer.
Mr. Smith was a charter member and past president and treasurer of the Eden Emergency Squad. He was active in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eden and was a former member of the board of directors of First Federal Bank in Hamburg.
A golfer, he was a member of Gowanda Country Club.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, the former Susan Shaughnessy; two sons, Christopher of Saratoga Springs and Matthew of Eden; two daughters, Robin of Buffalo and Amy Shephard of Eden; two sisters, Bettyann Neifer of Eden and Rosemary Gugino of Harper Woods, Mich.; and six grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, 8783 S. Main St., Eden.