Richard Owen Smith

January 22, 2020

Richard Owen Smith

Richard Owen Smith – of Winchester, January 22nd. The beloved husband of Emily L. (McGowan) Smith. Loving father of Laura McAnena, her husband Stephen and Michael O. Smith, his wife Giordana (Fioravanti) Smith all of Winchester. Devoted brother of the late Eleanor Kelly. Cherished grandfather of Aidan, Garrett, Liliana, Liam, Spencer and Ainsley. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and life long childhood friends from Arlington A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, January 28th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Monday evening 4-7 p.m.

Richard Owen Smith, 82, of Winchester, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 22nd, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a brave battle with a long illness. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Emily L. (McGowan) Smith.

Born in Boston, Richard was the son of the late Walter J. and Mary L. (Lyons) Smith. He was raised and educated in Arlington and is a graduate of the Arlington High School class of 1955. During that time, he excelled in baseball and basketball and made many life-long friends. After high school he attended Northeastern University.  For nearly 40 years, Richard worked for John Hancock Insurance Company in the banking and treasury department, until retiring.

Richard’s life was devoted to his family. His greatest joy was attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  Years ago, he enthusiastically coached his son’s little league team and was a loyal spectator at all of his son’s high school and college football games.  More recently, he would often spend his weekends at the football field, the baseball fields and the hockey rinks cheering on his grandchildren.  And of course, he would never miss a chorus concert or dance recital.  He was happiest spending time with his family, whether it be by the beach in Hull or Gloucester or at home helping his daughter tend to the backyard garden.  One of his most memorable life experiences was a trip to Florida in 2016 where he enjoyed the beach, the pool and casual dinners on the patio, surrounded by his wife, children and all of his grandchildren.  By his own admission, it was “the time of his life”.

Since the day they were married in September of 1965, his wife Emily has been his constant and loving companion. They have been inseparable for the past 54 years.  Along with his wife Emily, Richard is survived by his children, Laura McAnena, her husband Stephen and Michael O. Smith, his wife Giordana (Fioravanti) Smith all of Winchester. Devoted brother of the late Eleanor Kelly. Cherished grandfather of Aidan, Garrett, Liliana, Liam, Spencer and Ainsley. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his life-long childhood friends from Arlington.

A Funeral will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, January 28th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Monday evening 4-7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Winchester Sports Foundation, PO Box 493, Winchester, MA 01890 (www.winchestersportsfoundation.com) or to The Assisi Project, PO Box 3158, Gloucester, MA 01931

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, January 28th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, in the Funeral Home, Monday evening 4-7 p.m.

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  1. Mary and William Sullivan

    Emily and family,
    We are saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. Dick was a wonderful spiritual man and a mainstay of our weekly rosary prayer group. We are in Florida for the winter and wish we could have been there to offer our condolences in person.
    Mary and Bill Sullivan – Assisi Project

  2. We are all so sorry to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing. He was a good, kind man. He will be missed.

  3. Very sorry to hear of Dick’s death. My condolences to his family and friends. I worked at the John Hancock and had the pleasure of meeting with Dick on company business several times over many years. Rest in Peace.

  4. What a great man and family to have grown up with living right across the street. My deepest sympathy to Emily, Laura Michael and the whole family. I will miss seeing him this summer sitting in the front yard. I’m sure he is enjoying a vanilla milkshake right about now. You will be greatly missed “Mr. Smith”. I’ve called you that my whole life. Love to all.

  5. Maryann Dellinger

    Rest In Peace Dick. Will always remember you when
    We pray the rosary, as you always led the 4th decade!

  6. Maryann Dellinger

    Rest In Peace Dick.
    Will always remember you when we pray the rosary
    cause you always led the 4th decade.

  7. Edward Boudreau

    To Dick’s family: I was shocked to read today of Dick’s passing. It has been a long time since I last saw him as we went about our errands in Winchester Center and even longer since we worked together at Hancock and their Treasury Department. We shared a few stories and unfortunately never ended up getting that cup of coffee we said we would.

    Know that you all are in my prayers today for God’s Grace to fortify you as you try to cope with this loss of a great but humble man.

  8. Lorraine Butler

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with him

  9. Dear Emily, Laura, Steve and family

    Sending condolences on your loss. I will always remember you as great Hemingway Street neighbors and friends.

    Sincerely,
    Grace Morse Tuttle

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