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SMITH, Richard F. "Smitty"

SMITH, Richard F. "Smitty"

SMITH - Richard F. "Smitty'' February 24, 2017, beloved husband of Anne Smith; dearest father of Linda (Frank) Slawek, Karen, Wendy, Sandy Damasiewicz, Diane (Don) Steiman, Maureen and Darcie; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother of Beverly Phillips; also survived by his devoted friend aka "adopted daughter" Marianne Hipkiss and his casino pal T.J. Quinn. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the DANIEL R.
SMOLAREK FUNERAL HOME, 2510 Union Rd., Cheektowaga (two blocks south of William St.), where a Funeral Service will be held Sunday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Smitty's name to WNY Baseball Hall of Fame, c/o Bob Miske, 538 Capen Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14226. Smitty owned and ran the largest WNY photography business, Sloan Photo Studio, for 50 years. He formed the Sloan Variety Club Telethon in 1966 and hosted it for 24 years. Smitty also formed and managed the Sloan Bruins, who won the National Championship in 1970, and was inducted into the WNY Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. In 1986, he was voted Man of the Year. Leave condolences and share memories at SmolarekCares.com.

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